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(L): “Barack Obama” by Kehinde Wiley, oil on canvas, 2018. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. (R): “Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama” by Amy Sherald, oil on linen, 2018. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

The Obama Portraits Are Coming to Chicago

Daniel Hautzinger

The official portraits of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama will be coming to the Art Institute of Chicago next year on the first stop of a five-city tour.
Edward Kemeys's Lions outside the Art Institute of Chicago, c. 1900. Photo: Art Institute of Chicago

The Story of the Art Institute's Iconic Lions

Daniel Hautzinger

The Art Institute of Chicago's Michigan Avenue Beaux Arts home opened 125 years ago after being used for the 1893 World's Fair. But what about the museum's iconic bronze lions? What are their origins?
Altar Set, Qing dynasty, Jiaqing reign mark and period. Photo: Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Chinese Masterpieces at the Art Institute of Chicago

Daniel Hautzinger

Tao Wang, head of Asian Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, reveals his favorite works in the museum's Chinese collection and the surprising stories behind them. He guides a tour through Chinese art history and discusses his upcoming large exhibition, his first since coming to the museum. 
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