Donor Opening Reception: "The Obama Portraits Tour”

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portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama

(left) "Barack Obama" by Kehinde Wiley, 2018. Oil on canvas, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. © 2018 Kehinde Wiley. (right) "Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama" by Amy Sherald, 2018. Oil on linen, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. The National Portrait Gallery is grateful to the generous donors who made these commissions possible and proudly recognizes them at

Leadership Circle, Patrons Circle Sponsor Level, Contemporary Support Council, and exhibition sponsors are invited to the opening celebration of The Obama Portraits Tour. Donors will preview the exhibition before it opens to the public, plus partake in a cocktail reception with light bites and entertainment from 7 to 9 pm.

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COVID-19 Guidance

Please note: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 along with a photo ID is required for all guests, including receipt of a booster shot (with the booster having been received at least one week before attendance). A well-fitted mask is encouraged

Accessibility Information

To request accessibility accommodations for the evening, please reach out to by Thursday, June 2.

Ticket Information

Invitations to this event are a benefit for Leadership Circle, Patrons Circle Sponsor Level, and exhibition sponsors. Invitations will be mailed to current eligible donors. To RSVP, email or call 415.750.7648.

Interested in increasing your donation to attend? Call 415.750.3508 to join a dedicated group of art enthusiasts and begin enjoying all of the exclusive benefits of the Patrons Circle including insider access, compelling learning opportunities, special events with behind-the-scenes tours, VIP tickets, and invitations to travel with museum curators.


The Obama Portraits Tour has been organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC.

Support for the national tour has been generously provided by Bank of America.


Support for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s presentation has been generously provided by

Presenting Sponsor
The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund

Lead Sponsor
Ford Foundation

Major Support
The Bernard Osher Foundation

Significant Support
Rebecca and Cal Henderson

Generous Support
Bank of America
Sabrina Buell and Yves Béhar
Dagmar Dolby
Brook Hartzell and Tad Freese
Komal Shah and Gaurav Garg
Yieldstreet x Athena Art Finance

Contact Information

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(415) 750-7648