New Museum Adds Michelle Obama Portrait to Elizabeth Peyton Show

peyton.jpgOn this post-election Wednesday, it’s out with the old, in with the New Museum‘s tribute to soon-to-be-First Lady Michelle Obama. The nimble, mesh-covered New York institution today unveils Elizabeth Peyton‘s oil portrait of Obama listening to her husband address the crowd at August’s Democratic National Convention with daughter Sasha snoozing in her lap. On view in public for the first time, the painting (at left) joins portraits of figures such as Kurt Cobain, Marc Jacobs, and Matthew Barney in the New Museum’s current Peyton exhibition. “Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton” is the first survey of Peyton’s work in an American institution. You have until January 11 to catch it at the New Museum; then it travels to the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), the Whitechapel Art Gallery (London), and the Bonnefantenmuseum (Maastricht, The Netherlands).