Presidential portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama coming to Chicago in 2021

The portraits will be on display at the Art Institute.

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The portraits of Michelle and Barack Obama will be on display at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2021.

The portraits of Michelle and Barack Obama will be on display at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2021.

© 2018 Kehinde Wiley; Amy Sherald. Courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery

The presidential portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama are coming to Chicago.

Chicagoans will have more than a year to bone up on the artworkbefore they’ll be displayed June 18 to Aug. 15, 2021, at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The portraits are normally on display at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in the nation’s capital.

According to the Smithsonian: “The Obama Portraits will feature audiovisual elements, Portrait Gallery-led teacher workshops, curatorial presentations and a richly illustrated book. This special presentation will enhance the conversations surrounding the power of portraiture and its potential to engage communities.”

The Art Institute will be the first stop of a five-city tour that also will take the portraits to New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Houston.

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