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5. Alma Thomas, Sky Light, 1973
Michelle Obama, who sits on the advisory board for the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, chose two pieces by Alma Thomas to be included in the White House collection. So, what does the First Lady think about art? It’s well-known that the first-couple went to the Art Institute of Chicago on their first date, but other than that it’s hard to tell. Since becoming First Lady, she has remarked:
The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.