Atlantans will have a chance to see the super popular Obama portraits soon…
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery announced a making a multi-city tour for the portraits earlier this year. Currently in New York City, Atlanta will be seeing the portraits very soon!
Kehinde Wiley painted the oil-on-canvas portrait of President Obama, while Amy Sherald painted the oil-on-linen portrait of the former First Lady. They were unveiled in February of 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery and have been met with immense acclaim ever since. The museum has even seen a record number of visitors the last two years the portraits have been on display. So now, they’re spreading the love!
“We view the country as our community,” said Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery. “Since the unveiling of these two portraits of the Obamas, the Portrait Gallery has experienced a record number of visitors, not only to view these works in person, but to be part of the communal experience of a particular moment in time. This tour is an opportunity for audiences in different parts of the country to witness how portraiture can engage people in the beauty of dialogue and shared experience.”
We’re only a couple of months away from their ATL debut at the High Museum of Art. High Museum of Art members will have the first chance to purchase tickets from Oct. 11 to Oct. 15, 2021. Museum Pass holders may purchase tickets beginning on Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. and ending on Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. General admission tickets for “The Obama Portraits Tour” will become available Oct. 25, 2021, until all timeslots are reserved.
“The Obama Portraits Tour” will be on view at the High from Jan. 14 through March 20, 2012. You can find the High Museum of Art at 1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.