Commenting on the announcement, Art Institute President and Eloise W. Martin Director James Rondeau called it "a narrative homecoming that we're excited about", citing the couple's first official date to the Art Institute and the 2008 presidential election night celebration "in our backyard" in Grant Park as key moments linking the couple to the institution and the city.
The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery just announced a five-city tour of the famed portraits and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will be the last stop on the tour and the only museum in Texas and the Southwest.
The gallery said Thursday the Art Institute of Chicago will host the portraits from June 18, 2021, to August 15, 2021.More news: Migrant caravan shrinks at Guatemala-Mexico border amid deportations
Since their arrival in the Smithsonian two years ago, the portraits have been a popular attraction at the museum.
The first African-American artists selected for a National Portrait Gallery's official portraits of a president or first lady commission, Wiley and Sherald's pieces became instant sensations when first revealed in early 2018.
What will hang on the nationwide tour in the absence of the Obamas portraits has not yet been decided at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery.More news: First phase of Meng Wanzhou extradition hearing to conclude today
Both paintings will be from the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC for the first time since their unveiling nearly two years ago.
Next year, in mid-May 2021, the Obama portraits will temporarily go off view from the NPG's gallery for tour preparation. "This tour is an opportunity for audiences in different parts of the country to experience how portrait shots can involve people in the beauty of dialogue and sharing experiences". Next month, the gallery is publishing a book on the production and unveiling of the paintings in partnership with Princeton University Press.More news: Apple to be supplied with Broadcom components worth $15 Billion