Exhibitions

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times

June 23, 2017
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January 07, 2018
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Commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth, American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times brings together 77 images that capture the dramatic scope of Kennedy’s life culled from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Getty Images, private collections, and the Kennedy family archives.

No single politician was photographed more than Kennedy—from his first congressional bid as a decorated war hero in 1946 and his fairy tale marriage to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953 to his run for the White House in 1960, his subsequent role as commander in chief, and his tragic death in Dallas in 1963. Documentary photographers such as Ed Clark, Ralph Crane, Philippe Halsman, Jacques Lowe, Steve Schapiro, and Sam Vestal captured the optimism and challenges of the early 1960s in some of the finest and most vivid images of the period. Many of the photographs on display are iconic while others are lesser known and explore Kennedy's private life. American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times is presented by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in cooperation with the John F. Kennedy Library and Foundation. The exhibition is also on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum from May 3 - September 17.

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times is presented by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in cooperation with the John F. Kennedy Library and Foundation. Generous support for the exhibition has been provided by the Governance Institute and the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. Additional support has been provided by Stephen Kennedy Smith, Wiener Schiller Productions and Getty Images. The presentation in Washington, D.C., is made possible by the Margery and Edgar Masinter Exhibitions Fund and the Bernie Stadiem Endowment Fund.

Exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

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