Dallas museum to display artwork from JFK suite before his death

President Kennedy in the motorcade just before he was shot in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
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The 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy will be marked next year with numerous commemorations around the country. As part of the observances, the Dallas Museum of Art will host an exhibition of the works of art that were installed in the president’s suite at his hotel during his 1963 trip.

Kennedy stayed at the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth the night before he was fatally shot on Nov. 22. The hotel’s presidential suite had been decorated with artworks by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Thomas Eakins, Pablo Picasso and others, all of which will be brought together for the first time for the exhibition, the museum announced Wednesday.

“Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy” is scheduled to open May 26 at the Dallas Museum of Art. The museum said the exhibition will provide historical context surrounding the suite installation.

The museum said the idea to create the art installation at the president’s hotel suite came from Owen Day, an art critic for the Fort Worth Press. Day proposed the idea to Samuel Benton Cantey III, a prominent local art collector. Cantey worked with local collectors and leaders from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art to create an installation that drew from local private and public art collections.


The 2013 exhibition is being presented in association with the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, which will host the show following its run at the Dallas Museum of Art.


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