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DALLAS & FT.WORTH MUSEUMS TO EXHIBIT ARTWORK THAT WAS IN JFK’S SUITE AT HOTEL TEXAS

DALLAS & FT. WORTH MUSEUMS TO EXHIBITARTWORK THAT WAS IN JFK’S SUITE AT HOTEL TEXAS

Dallas, Texas (JFK+50) The Dallas Museum of Art announced yesterday that an exhibition of artwork thatwas in the hotel suite at the Hotel Texas where President & Mrs. John F. Kennedy spent their last nighttogether will be presented in May.

 

The title of the presentation will be: “Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy.”


The announcement of the exhibit was made by DMA director Maxwell Anderson.


Mr. Anderson said the exhibit will open on May 26, 2013 & run through September 15.


Olivier Meslay, also of the DMA, said:


“Our presentation includes new scholarship surrounding the original installation (of the artwork in the presidential suite) & helps further celebrate the Kennedys’ impact on American culture.”

 

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, photo provided by KeithJonsn at Wikipedia.com


The exhibit will then be transferred to The Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth on October 12 & be on display there through January 12, 2014.


Amon Carter has close ties to the original art display in Suite 850 at the Hotel Texas.

 

Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, Photo by Joe Mabel, 2007


                

A group of prominent Fort Worth citizens were responsible for quickly putting the collection of art together to decorate the presidential suite.


The exhibition will feature Thomas Eakins painting“Swimming”, Picasso’s bronze “Angry Owl”, & van Gogh’s painting “Road with Peasant Shouldering a Spade”.


Scott Grant Barker, a Texas art historian who researched the events relating to the art in the presidential suite, said:


“It was their ultimate private art show.  When you view these, you’ll be standing in the shoes of John & Jacqueline Kennedy.  You’ll be seeing what they saw.”


Because the President arrived late at the Hotel Texas, they did not notice the works of art until the next morning, November 22, 1963.


Sources*


“Artwork from JFK’s presidential suite at Hotel Texas to be shown at Dallas Museum of Art in commemoration of 50th anniversary of assassination,” by Michael Granberry, www.artsblog.dallasnews.com.


“Dallas Museum of Art Display’s Artwork from JFK Suite at Hotel Texas,” www.washingtonpost.com


*JFK+50 would like to thank our good friend in Dallas, Denise,  for bringing this art exhibition to our attention.

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