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Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest presents American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times

Source: Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest
Posted: 11 May 2017
Senator Kennedy returns home to Massachusetts after accepting the Democratic nomination, July 1960. Photo Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times is a window into the life and times of one of the most admired and charismatic figures of the twentieth century.

As part of the centennial celebrations of the birth of the 35th United States President, John F. Kennedy, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest in association with the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and WS Productions, presents American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times. This exhaustively researched exhibition contains 77 photographs of JFK, from childhood through to his untimely death in 1963. Presented with the assistance of the US Consulate and through the generous support of the United States Government through the Department of State.

Photojournalist and exhibition organiser, Lawrence Schiller, stated the exhibition records ‘a unique moment in American history,’ taking place during the ‘golden era of photojournalism’. The exhibition was recently opened in Washington at the Smithsonian American Art Museum by the President’s daughter Caroline Kennedy.

American Visionary is being exhibited concurrently across the world. Penrith Regional Gallery is honoured to be the first Australian Gallery to show these collected photographs, with expanded curatorial captions.

American Visionary Public Programs:

John F. Kennedy’s life and political legacy is illuminated in two free public forums which offer insight into the events of American History which came to define a generation.

28 May, 2-5pm: The Legacy of JFK – American Political Landscape and Foreign Policy

This forum will feature talks from Professor James Curran, Research Associate, US Studies Centre, University of Sydney and Stephen Loosley AM, Visiting Fellow, US Studies Centre, University of Sydney.

18 June, 2-5pm: The Legacy of JFK – Black American Civil Rights, and Jackie Kennedy, First Lady and Fashion

This forum will feature Professor Michael Ondaatje, National Head of the School of Arts (Faculty of Education and Arts), Australian Catholic University who will address JFK and the civil rights movement, and Dr Anna Lebovic, Research Associate and Lecturer, US Studies Centre, University of Sydney, who will examine the influence of Jackie Kennedy as fashion icon and First Lady.

Exhibition Opening:

Saturday 27 May 3-5pm

Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest

86 River Rd Emu Plains NSW

Opening Address: Ms Tina Malone, Country Public Affairs Officer, US Embassy

To attend the official opening of the Exhibition or to participate in the public forums please RSVP by calling The Gallery 02 4735 1100.

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American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times

Date:

27 May – 20 August 2017

Venue:

Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, 86 River Rd, Emu Plains

 

 
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