The portraits have been an extremely popular fixture of the gallery, according to Duncan, who said 1.7 million people visited the gallery in 2019, with many visitors viewing the portraits or returning later to see them. Shortly after it was put on display at the gallery, Michelle Obama's painting had to be relocated to a different part of the museum due to demand. … [Read more...] about Obama portraits to go on year-long national tour in 2021
The Obamas broke the mold when it came to presidential portraits, which are often formal and traditional in style. Instead, Mr. Obama's portrait shows him sitting casually on a chair in front of a wall of vibrant flowers. Mrs. Obama wears a flowing gown with a distinctive geometric print. … [Read more...] about Obama portraits to go on year-long tour to museums around the U.S.
Parker Curry, a two-year-old visitor to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, became an internet sensation last week after a photo of her staring up at the former first lady's portrait stole the hearts of thousands. Parker's mother told CBS News' Chip Reid she takes her daughter to a lot of museums, but she had never seen her as transfixed as she was when she stood in front of the former first lady's portrait. … [Read more...] about Art comes to life for little girl in awe of Michelle Obama portrait
"I'm also thinking about all of the young people, particularly girls and girls of color. Who in years ahead will come to this place and they will look up and they will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall," Mrs. Obama said at the ceremony. … [Read more...] about With their unique portraits, the Obamas leave their mark
The portrait of the couple is the first permanent, nonpolitical LGBTQ public art in all of New York City, Jonathan David Katz told the AP. The SUNY Buffalo art historian said the piece is significant because “it isn’t gayness singled out and made the theme. On the contrary, the work naturalizes gayness within the fabric of the city, and in so doing, that’s actually an even more powerful message.” … [Read more...] about Second Avenue Subway Station Features Portrait of Gay Couple Holding Hands, a Bigger Deal Than It Seems