A peep into Obama’s undying love for work of art

The arts have always been central to the American experience. Throughout our time in the White House, Michelle and I displayed work from artists who provoked thought, challenged our assumptions, and shaped how we define our narrative as a country. Every time visitors entered the Old Family Dining Room, they would look up at Alma Thomas’s “Resurrection,” the first painting by a Black woman that was hung in the White House. And every time I welcomed guests to the Oval Office—from world leaders to touring teenagers—I made sure they would be met with Charles Alston’s bronze bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. These pieces, I hoped, would remind all who look at them to contemplate our past; and recommit to doing their part to build a better future.

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