"I have always loved sculpture. My husband and I spent our
first date in an art gallery's garden filled with American sculpture.
We hope these exhibitions of 20th century American sculpture will
delight, challenge, and inspire the thousands of visitors who
pass through the White House every day.
"It is appropriate that these exhibitions are on display
in the garden created by and named for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
Mrs. Kennedy believed that art could and should be part of all
of our lives. Now these masterpieces of contemporary American
art are accessible to a new and larger audience than ever before.
"The sculptures from the different regions of the United
States reflect and celebrate the special genius of American artists
and their enduring capacity to stir our imaginations and touch
"I hope this celebration of America's creative spirit will
enable each of us to gain a greater appreciation of the rich cultural
traditions we share as a nation and as a people.
"My special thanks go to the Association of Art Museum Directors,
the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, J. Carter Brown, and
the lending institutions, for their time, energy, and wisdom in
making these exhibitions possible."
Hillary Rodham Clinton