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"No single politician was photographed more than [John F.] Kennedy--from his first congressional bid as a decorated war hero in 1946; fairytale marriage to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953; run for the White House in 1960 and role as commander in chief to the tragedy of his 1963 death in Dallas, Texas."

"American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times" will be on view May 3-Sept. 17 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. The exhibition brings together images culled from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Getty Images, private collections, and the Kennedy family archives that capture the dramatic scope of JFK's life. It is one of the most exhaustively researched collections of Kennedy photos ever assembled, and is based on the book, JFK: A Vision for America.

"American Visionary" is the first event in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum's year-long, 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.

The JFK Administration coincided with a golden age of U.S. photojournalism. No single politician was photographed more than Kennedy--from his first congressional bid as a decorated war hero in 1946; fairytale marriage to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953; run for the White House in 1960 and role as commander in chief to the tragedy of his 1963 death in Dallas, Texas.

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. Some of the photographs on display are iconic; others have never before been published.

"John F. Kennedy is still seen as a symbol around the world, representing and espousing the best and most universal elements of the American character," says Stephen Kennedy Smith, Kennedy's nephew and co-editor of JFK: A Vision for America. "It is our hope that the compelling images of Pres. Kennedy's life and work on view in this exhibition will remind visitors not only of the values that defined his presidency, but will introduce him to new audiences and future leaders."

As part of the "JFK 100 Centennial Celebration," the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is spearheading a series of events and initiatives across the nation aimed at inspiring new generations to find meaning in the enduring values that formed the heart of the Kennedy presidency: courage, freedom, justice, service, and vision. In the nation's capital, the Smithsonian is part of a citywide celebration with other cultural organizations, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of American History, White House Historical Association, and the Newseum.

The exhibition is organized by Lawrence Schiller of Wiener Schiller Productions; John Jacob, the Smithsonian's McEvoy Family Curator for Photography, is coordinating the exhibition in Washington, D.C. The exhibition will travel to several cities following its District of Columbia presentation.

JFK: A Vision for America, meanwhile, features Kennedy's greatest speeches alongside essays by historians, leading political thinkers, writers, and artists. The book presents Kennedy at his best--thought-provoking, inspiring, eloquent, and wise--on a number of wide-ranging topics, including civil rights, the race to the moon, the environment, immigration, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and more. JFK demonstrates the deep relevance of his words today and his lasting power and influence as an American leader and orator.

The list of contributors includes Samantha Power, Rep. John Lewis (D.-Ga.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D.-Mass.), the Dalai Lama, Robert Redford, Conan O'Brien, David McCullough, George Packer, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Drew Faust, Tariq Ramadan, Paul Krugman, Kofi Annan, Don DeLillo, and Jorge Dominguez.

Caption: Jacques Lowe, "Oval Office, Washington, D.C." (January 1961).

Caption: Philippe Halsman, "Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts" (1957).

Caption: "Photo Booth Portrait" (1953).

Caption: Ralph Crane, "Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles" (July 13, 1960).

Caption: Jacques Lowe, "Waiting for Election Results, Hyannis Port, Massachusetts" (Nov. 9,1960).

Caption: Paul Schutzer, "The First Couple Head to the Inauguration Ceremony, Washington, D.C." (Jan. 20,1961).

Caption: Ralph Crane, "Televised Address, Los Angeles" (Oct. 22,1962).

Caption: Art Rickerby, "Arrival in Dallas" (Nov. 22, 1963).

Caption: Yale Joel, "Movers Transport Kennedy Fashion Mannequins, New York City" (1961).

Caption: Paul Schutzer, "Kennedy Preparing a Speech. Baltimore" (September 1960).

Caption: Jacques Lowe, "Kennedy Boards the Caroline" (1960).

Caption: Ed Clark, "Jack with Daughter Caroline, Georgetown, Washington, D.C." (March 25, 1958).

Caption: Bob Gomel, "President Kennedy Tours NASA Facilities in Huntsville, Alabama" (Sept. 11, 1961).

Caption: I.C. Rapoport, "Jacqueline Kennedy Departs the White House the Day of Her Husband's State Funeral, Washington, D.C." (Nov. 25,1963).

Caption: Paul Schutzer, "Senator Kennedy's Return Home, Barnstable Municipal Airport, Hyannis, Massachusetts" (July 1960).
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Title Annotation:Focus
Publication:USA Today (Magazine)
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Date:May 1, 2017
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