Amon Carter Museum of American Art Presents Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, 10/12
Five days prior to the presidential couple's arrival in Fort Worth, descriptions of the presidential suite at the Hotel Texas were released to the public. Unhappy with the couple's accommodations, Owen Day, the art critic for the Fort Worth Press, proposed the idea of the installation to prominent art collector and leader of the Fort Worth Art Association Samuel Benton Cantey III. With the support of Ruth Carter Stevenson, collector Ted Weiner and Amon Carter Director Mitchell Wilder, Cantey conceived a three-part exhibition that would unfold in the parlor, master bedroom and second bedroom of suite 850. Drawing on local private and public art collections, each room of the suite was outfitted with works of art that befitted the tastes and interests of President Kennedy and the first lady.
Within the exhibition visitors will be able to reflect on Kennedy's assassination and the legacy of his presidency by viewing a film that chronicles his and Mrs. Kennedy's two-day trip to Texas, listening to oral histories of the event by local residents, and sharing their own thoughts and memories in a collaborative journal. The video and oral histories appear courtesy of the Oral History Collection, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, published in association with Yale University Press, that includes illustrations of the presidential visit to Texas never published before now. It retails for $24.95 in the Museum Store + Cafe.
Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art in association with the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Fort Worth presentation of the exhibition is supported in part by generous contributions in memory of Ruth Carter Stevenson from Shirlee J. and Taylor Gandy and Bob and Patricia Schieffer.
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