LACMA to Host NPG Obama Portraits

Amy Sherald, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, 2018. (c) Amy Sherald
While LACMA is sending some of its paintings to other institutions, it's getting two in return. The National Portrait Gallery has announced plans to tour its portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama, by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald respectively, to five American museums: the Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, LACMA, High Museum of Art (Atlanta), and Fine Arts Museum of Houston. The LACMA run is scheduled for Nov, 5, 2021–Jan. 2, 2022.

When first unveiled in 2018 there was a one-hour line for selfies with Sherald's portrait of Michelle. Sherald said the dress's geometric patterns were inspired by Gee's Bend quilts and Mondrian. The gray skin was chosen to complicate readings of race. One critic compared it to Kerry James Marshall's A Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of his Former Self (1980)—an influential work that LACMA acquired last year and has yet to show on its main campus.


Anonymous said…
Now I better understand why places like LACMA are being dismantled. They have to be. They need to be. They must be.

What's taking so long?

Get the wrecking ball over to 5905 Wilshire Blvd, pronto!

I can hardly wait.

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