Amon Carter Museum of American Art Presents Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, 10/12
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art will exhibit the artworks installed in the president's suite at the Hotel Texas during his visit to Fort Worth in 1963. On view from October 12, 2013, through January 12, 2014, Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy is presented in association with the Dallas Museum of Art, which organized the exhibition.
The original installation, orchestrated by former Amon Carter Board President Ruth Carter Stevenson (19232013) and a small group of Fort Worth art collectors, was created especially for the president and first lady in celebration of their overnight visit to the city. It included paintings by Thomas Eakins, Lyonel Feininger, Marsden Hartley, and Franz Kline, and sculptures by Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso, among others. The exhibition highlights the diverse and thoughtful installation of artworks brought together for the presidential couple.
"It was important for the Amon Carter to partner with the DMA on this project," says Andrew J. Walker, museum director. "The story has roots in Fort Worth, and our former Board President Ruth Carter Stevenson was closely involved. She helped activate the city's cultural leaders to donate great artworks to outfit the presidential couple's hotel suite so that it represented Fort Worth's hospitality and cultural sophistication. The unexpected tragedy that followed has overshadowed this great expression, and we appreciate the opportunity to tell the story of the Kennedy's visit to Texas from a different, more uplifting perspective."
Hotel Texas will reveal for the first time the complete story of the presidential suite 850 installation and examine the significance of art both to the Kennedys and to the Fort Worth and Dallas communities. It will bring to light related materials, most of which have remained in private collections since 1963, including photographs, videos and other archival materials ranging from images of the suite prior to the couple's arrival to documentation relating to the president's assassination.
"In reuniting these works of art and unveiling this story, we hope to inspire some historical reflection about the Kennedys' keen interest in and appreciation of the arts, as well as the significance of presenting for the first time to the public this wide-ranging group of masterworks," says Olivier Meslay, associate director of curatorial affairs at the Dallas Museum of Art and curator of the exhibition. "Hotel Texas also reveals a signature moment in the history of art, as half a century ago American art was receiving worldwide acclaim."