The new art decos for the National Mall are a striking visual contrast to the traditional, monochrome wallpaper that has been used since the 1950s, and the White Houses art department has been creating some of the most striking pieces in decades.
Here’s a look at some of them, which will be up for grabs starting Wednesday.
In honor of National Art Week, the White house is adding a new wall mural to the plaza.
The mural was created by artists Andrew Lott and Joe Farrow, whose backgrounds include paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Caravaggio.
It is part of a new installation called “Visions of the Future,” a collaboration between the White HOUSE and Farrow that explores how the country is evolving.
The installation includes a large mural that includes an image of a large, open space in the middle of a field, and a more compact view of the White Family House, which was the site of the Civil War.
The White House has been adding art to the White and African American Residences since the 1970s, including works by Farrow and Lott, who was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2008 for his work on the Civil Rights Act.
The mural was commissioned by the National Park Service, which is housed in the Smithsonian Institution.
The new White House murals, along with other artwork in the parks portfolio, include works by David Karp and Lyle Johnson, who are both veterans of the civil rights movement and have recently returned to the nation’s capital.
Other works from Farrow’s work on “The Color Purple” are on display, as well as work by Fenton and his family, which also include the painting of a child with a sign on his head reading “Don’t let us down.”
In addition to the new White house murals and other works by artists, the new pavilion will be home to the first-ever National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The first pavilion opened in 2009 in the South pavilion of the National Gallery of Art, but the Whitehouse plans to replace the entire structure.
The Whitehouse says it hopes to build the museum on the site once it has been completed.