CURATOR IN CHIEF

The Obamas Go Abstract

Just like the rest of the Obama administration, the White House gallery—featuring stately portraits and quiet pastorals—is getting a shakeup. The Obamas are borrowing works from a diverse set of American painters in an effort to "round out the permanent collection" and "give new voices" to lesser-known artists, according to The Wall Street Journal. They're acquiring works from the storage collections of several museums, including the National Gallery of Art. They've installed modern works by Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Nevelson, and a range of African American and Hispanic artists. As he mulls over big decisions, Obama may find solace in his new painting by Ed Ruscha, which features the words "I think maybe I'll..."