Here’s a fun game. Pretend you get to go shopping (well, borrowing) in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Gallery of Art and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; what pieces would you select for your home? President Obama and the First Lady got to do just that, and their 45 choices show an eclectic taste. Coming to the White House are paintings by Josef Albers, Mark Rothko and Jasper Johns; sculptures by Degas; paintings by contemporary
African-American artists—William H. Johnson, Glenn Ligon and Alma Thomas—and more. Read more and view a slide show at The New York Times web site.