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Side by side official portraits of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.

Event Details

February 5, 2022
10:00 am –11:15 am




High Museum of Art Online

Event Description

Teaching about the Obama Portraits with the National Portrait Gallery and the High Museum

In this teacher seminar, museum educators from the National Portrait Gallery and the High Museum of Art will explore the power of portraiture in the portraits of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. With a special focus on Georgia artist Amy Sherald, we’ll look at artistic technique, the use of symbolism, and a dash of history to connect the portraits to the visual arts, social studies, and humanities classrooms.

This teacher seminar is offered in conjunction with The Obama Portraits Tour exhibition (on view January 14–March 20).

Image credits: 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. The National Portrait Gallery is grateful to the generous donors who made these commissions possible and proudly recognizes them at npg.si.edu/obamaportraitstour.