Beyoncé's Iconic Vogue Portrait to Be Displayed at Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Beyonce's iconic "Vogue" cover portrait is set to be displayed at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Beyonce's "Vogue" portrait featuring her in an all-gold ensemble is set to make history. The portrait was shot by Tyler Mitchell, 24, the first-ever African-American to shoot a cover for Vogue in its 125-years of existence.
Beyonce's Portrait on Display
Mitchell broke the news on Twitter, saying that it's been a year since they "broke the flood gates open." He then announced that the photo of Beyonce is being acquired by the gallery to become a part of their permanent collection.
A year ago today we broke the flood gates open— Tyler Mitchell (@Tyler_Mitchell_) August 6, 2019
Now I’m glad to share this picture is being acquired into the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection pic.twitter.com/T97rHU9u8J
The official Twitter account of the National Portrait Gallery backed the tweet of the photographer, saying they look forward to adding his work in their collection.
A Displeased Public
Unfortunately for them, it didn't resonate so well with the rest of those who saw the announcement, as they asked what was so historic about the photo that it merited a space at the prestigious gallery.
I guess I'm missing something here... What is historic about this photo? Why is it taking up space in the National Portrait Gallery?— Bruce Brendle (@brubren1) August 6, 2019
Beyonce is without a doubt a beautiful woman. But this is ridiculous, the Smithsonian? Give me a break.— 🌊 IMPEACHED / time to remove 🐷 Deboosted (@BavisSally) August 7, 2019
Regardless of what people say, though, the portrait has already been acquired by the Smithsonian, and they'll be able to see it there soon.
The Carters and Art
It seems Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z have a bit of a stronghold on the art world, as they once hit the famous Louvre Museum in private.
While the Paris favorite is often packed with people, the couple was able to enter and breeze through the famous works of art for one of their music videos.
The point of them filming in the Louvre was because they discovered there has been little room for non-white artists to be featured in the prestigious gallery.
With her portrait being displayed in the National Portrait Gallery, Beyonce and Tyler Mitchell are indeed "breaking the flood gates open" yet again, this time, by featuring a black photographer and artist in the Smithsonian.