Michelle Obama’s Portrait Had To Be Moved
Former First Lady Michelle Obama's picture continues to live up to her legacy and reputation. And as a result, her portrait located at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery is so popular that it had to be moved. In a tweet, the Washington gallery announced that relocating her portrait, to the museum’s third floor in the 20th Century Americans exhibition. It was originally featured in the same exhibition on the gallery’s first floor.
A gallery spokesperson said,
The new space provides a more spacious viewing experience for Obama's stunning image."
Amy Sherald, the Baltimore-based artist who captured on canvas the lovely former first lady, had this to say:
Obama is someone any “woman can relate to ― no matter what shape, size, race, or color. We see our best selves in her.”
The Obamas’ portraits have drawn awestruck crowds to the Smithsonian’s Portrait Gallery ever since they were unveiled in February.
The museum received more than 176,700 visits last month, making it the gallery’s busiest month in three years, with nearly 45,000 visits last weekend (Thursday to Sunday) alone