Obama’s portraits, official paintings of Barack and Michelle Obama, will be presented at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in September


The Obama portraits, the official presidential paintings of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, will be featured at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts next fall.

From September 3 through October 30, The Obama Portraits tour, which kicked off in June 2021, will make its final stop in the state capitol. The paintings will be exhibited in the Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery.

“The Kehinde Wiley portrait of President Barack Obama and the Amy Sherald portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama have become iconic since the moment they were unveiled in 2018. A stark departure from past presidential portraits and images of first ladies, both paintings have inspired unprecedented responses from the public,” reads the museum’s website.

Wiley and Sherald were the first African American artists commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to paint official portraits of a president and first lady, according to the MFA.

“Their distinctive artistic visions are rooted in the tradition of American portraiture but are committed to making space for people of color. Through their extraordinary yet accessible portraits, audiences can see themselves in President Obama and the ‘former first lady,’ the webpage reads.

The Obama Portraits Tour aimed to reach people who might not have had the opportunity to see the paintings otherwise. The tour so far has stopped at the Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and De Young Museum in San Francisco.

“The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is thrilled to offer audiences in New England and around the world a chance to experience first-hand these works of art exploring power, identity and heritage through the history,” the museum said.

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