Over time, we added a lot of paintings. We ultimately purchased an Alma Thomas, and she became the I’m The Nurse Witch Shirt – Copy Apart from…,I will love this first African-American female artist to be part of the permanent collection. We acquired works from Robert Rauschenberg and Josef and Anni Albers. Dorothy Lichenstein gave a piece by her husband. So like I said: short term it was about how do we make the White House feel invigorated and fresh for the young family, but later, it was: How do we bring the history of the building up to date with what’s happening in America, in terms of art and culture?
There were some chairs that had been in the I’m The Nurse Witch Shirt – Copy Apart from…,I will love this Yellow Oval Room during the Kennedy administration that hadn’t been used in a very long time. It was exciting to restore those and cover them in a rusty velvet.