Portraits of Barack Obama by two major artists will go on display inauguration weekend at the National Portrait Gallery.
The big get for visitors will be a chance to see two of the ten tapestries recently created by the artist Chuck Close as a campaign fundraiser. Close has said he created the tapestries after an hour-long photo shoot with the president; they were first unveiled during the Democratic National Convention, and are on loan to the museum from the collection of Ian and Annette Cumming.
For folks who didn’t see it when it was on display in Washington in 2008 at Irvine Contemporary and in 2009 at the Portrait Gallery, the museum will also put Shepard Fairey’s iconic mixed-media Hope portrait of Barack Obama on display again in time for inauguration. The museum acquired the piece in 2009, and first installed it in time for the president’s historic first inauguration.
The museum will also have family activities that weekend, including opportunities to create presidential portraits and meet actors portraying presidents and first ladies.
For more inauguration events, check out our running list on the Going Out Guide.