Michelle Obama portrait debuts at Smithsonian

This undated handout image provided by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery shows a screenprint of first lady Michelle Obama by Mickalene Thomas. Move over Martha Washington. Martha Stewart is taking her place in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. The museum's new exhibit, "Americans Now," opened Friday, featuring some famous names from science, business, government, entertainment and the arts. Images of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are among the portraits. (AP Photo/Smithsonian, Mickalene Thomas)

August 21, 2010 6:16:58 PM PDT
Move over Martha Washington. Martha Stewart and Michelle Obama are getting space in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington for the first time.

A new exhibit, "Americans Now," opened Friday, featuring famous names from science, business, government and the arts.

President Barack Obama and the first lady are among those portrayed. It's the first time Michelle Obama's individual portrait has been shown at the gallery.

Familiar names in the collection also include actor Tom Hanks and music artists Willie Nelson and LL Cool J. Video portraits in the exhibit feature late-night comedians Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and David Letterman, as well as actor George Clooney and NBA star LeBron James.

The portraits are on view through July 2011.


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