The Obama Portraits headline the Art Institute of Chicago’s summer exhibition schedule. Chicago is the first stop on a national tour for the instantly iconic paintings by Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley which are typically housed at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C..
Visitors who take time exploring the rest of the museum will be rewarded with the nation’s premiere collection of, “hey, I’ve seen that before” paintings, images familiar to even the non-art going public. Bisa Butler’s stunning portrait quilts remain on view. They have revolutionized what will be expected of art museums from this day forward.
Two new exhibitions also deserve attention.
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