ASMP Washington DC would like you to know about an upcoming lecture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum: From Kennedy to Obama: A Conversation with White House Photographers.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20004
A White House photographer has special access to what happens at "The People's House," from carefully orchestrated official events to the daily life of the First Family. Join celebrated White House photographers Dennis Brack, Sharon Farmer, and Diana Walker as they share their images and the stories behind them. The conversation is moderated by Lawrence Schiller, a former LIFE magazine photojournalist who organized the exhibition American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times.
This lecture is to coincide with the exhibition:
American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times
May 3, 2017 - September 17, 2017
Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd floor South, 8th and F Streets, NW Washington, DC 20004
More Exhibition Info
President John F. Kennedy's administration coincided with a golden age of photojournalism in America and no single politician was photographed more than Kennedy. Photographers and newsreel cameramen used images of Kennedy and his young family to convey a vision of a new America's a sophisticated world power engaged in building a bright future for its citizens. Kennedy, in turn, understood the power of pictures to convey his message to voters and was a willing partner in crafting his public persona to help build support for the space program, the Peace Corps, legislation on civil rights and immigration, equal pay for women, federal health insurance for the elderly initiatives that would ensure a more diverse and egalitarian America.
American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times brings together seventy-seven images culled from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Getty Images, private collections, and the Kennedy family archives. The dramatic scope of Kennedy's life is evident in these photographs -- from his first congressional bid as a decorated war hero in 1946, his fairytale marriage to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953, his run for the White House in 1960 and role as commander in chief, to the tragedy of his death in Dallas in 1963. These images remain as indelible evidence of John Kennedy's personal charisma and political accomplishments.
American Visionary is organized by Lawrence Schiller of Wiener Schiller Productions; John Jacob, SAAM's McEvoy Family Curator for Photography, is coordinating the exhibition in Washington, DC. The exhibition is based on the book JFK: A Vision for America.
SAAM's presentation of American Visionary is the premiere event in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum's yearlong, nationwide celebration that commemorates Kennedy's centennial year. The exhibition opens in time for what would have been Kennedy's 100th birthday on May 29, 2017.
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 Foundation and with the generous support of the Governance Institute and the Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation. Additional support has been provided by Stephen Kennedy Smith, Wiener Schiller Productions, and Getty Images. The presentation in Washington, DC is made possible by the Margery and Edgar Masinter Exhibitions Fund and the Bernie Stadiem Endowment Fund.