Museum Recreates Art Exhibition Seen by JFK Before Assassination

  • September 24, 2012 22:56

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Thomas Eakins' Swimming was among the masterworks shown in an exhibit that the Kennedys viewed on Nov. 22 1963. The Dallas Art Museum recreates the Kennedys' private art show in an exhibition opening the fall of 2013.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art

When President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy awoke in their Fort Worth, Texas, hotel room on Nov. 22, 1963, they were surprised to see an extraordinary exhibit of artwork.

On that fateful day, the Kennedys viewed 16 important works by artists such as Thomas Eakins, Maurice Prendergast, Franz Kline, Charles M. Russell, Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso.

With the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination approaching, this last private moment of his life, and the couple's love of art, will be celebrated in an upcoming exhibition.

In Fort Worth, local citizens had assembled the exhibit to make the Kennedy's stay memorable with world-class art from public and private collections displayed in their suite at the Hotel Texas.

Fourteen works from the private art show have been reunited in "Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy" which opens at the Dallas Museum of Art on May 26, 2013, and runs through Sept. 15, 2013. The exhibit then will move to the Amon Carter from Oct. 12, 2013, through Jan. 12, 2014.


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