Jun 17th 2021
Join us on June 17 at 9 p.m. for the debut of Art on theMART’s projection of “The Obama Portraits.”
In conjunction with the Art Institute of Chicago’s presentation of “The Obama Portraits,” Art on theMART will present a dynamically animated projection of the portraits of President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively. The projections, accompanied by a musical score, will run nightly at 9 and 9:30 p.m. through September 16.
Former Chicago residents, the Obamas have a unique connection to the city. Wiley painted President Obama against greenery, with chrysanthemums; the flowers have symbolic meaning as the official flower of Chicago. Amy Sherald depicted the former first lady against light-blue ground, sitting and gazing directly at the viewer.
The #ObamaPortraitsTour is organized by the Smithsonian Institution
Kehinde Wiley. Barack Obama, 2018. Oil on canvas. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. © 2018 Kehinde Wiley.
Amy Sherald. Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, 2018. Oil on linen. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
Art on theMART can best be experienced for free from the jetty section of the Chicago Riverwalk on Wacker Drive between Wells Street and Franklin Street, where accompanying audio is also available.
For more information on Art on theMART’s Programs, visit artonthemart.com/spring-2021
For more information on the Art Institute of Chicago, visit artic.edu
For more information on the Smithsonian Institution, visit www.si.edu



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