Smithsonian Unveils Obama Portraits
Voila! Yesterday the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., debuted its portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, part of its permanent installation of U.S. leaders. The paintings were created by artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively, and depict the couple in colorful, vibrant styles. The former president joked, “I tried to negotiate smaller ears,” while his wife spoke about young women of color who can now see “someone who looks like them” on the walls of the Smithsonian. The paintings are now on display to the public.