The Obamas Select Art for the White House

The Obamas' Art Selections for the White House
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Black Like Me No. 2, Glenn Ligon, 1992
For this meditation on race and identity, contemporary artist Glenn Ligon used a sentence from a once famous 1961 memoir by John Howard Griffin, a white man who artificially darkened his skin and traveled the South as an African American.

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