Art Lecture with Thomas Germano - The Obama Portraits

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The Obama Portraits of the former President, and former first lady, were commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and revealed in a special unveiling ceremony Feb. 12, 2018 attended by former President Barack Obama, former First Lady Michelle Obama and the two artists: Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald. Wiley and Sherald are the first Black American artists selected for the National Portrait Gallery’s official portraits of a President or First Lady.

The two Obama Portraits just concluded a seven-city, sixteen-month tour in October, 2022 to record crowds, breaking daily attendance records in some of the country’s most prestigious art museums. The paintings have since returned to Washington DC’s National Portrait Gallery.

Thomas Germano will analyze the two portraits in a visual art lecture, discuss the tradition of Presidential portraiture, and take an in-depth look at additional works by the two artists, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald. 

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