Published On: Fri, Oct 18th, 2013

50th Anniversary of Kennedy Assassination honored with ‘Warhol/JFK’ exhibit at Telfair Museums

Just over a month away is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia announced Oct. 17 a new exhibit has arrived.

The centerpiece of “Warhol/JFK” is Warhol’s “Flash – November 22, 1963” screenprint portfolio, including a complete collection of 11 images inspired by this tragic event as well as the artist’s innovative packaging, which includes simulated newswire copy.

PHOTO CREDIT: Andy Warhol; Flash—November 22, 1963 (detail), 1968; Collection of Herbert Brito. © 2013 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

PHOTO CREDIT: Andy Warhol; Flash—November 22, 1963 (detail), 1968; Collection of Herbert Brito. © 2013 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Beginning on Oct. 18, the images on display at the Jepson Center include a smiling president, a presidential seal with bullet holes and other symbolic representations of the Kennedy assassination. The show will also feature “Jackie II,” a 1966 double portrait of the grieving widow, Jacqueline Kennedy.

These rarely seen Warhol prints offer a unique and powerful view of the Kennedy assassination.

“This exhibit offers the rare opportunity to see some of Andy Warhol’s most powerful work on the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination,” said Lisa Grove, director and CEO of Telfair Museums. “The JFK images on display reflect the artist’s insightful observations about how the news media shaped public perception. Warhol’s observations about the media are even more relevant today in our 24/7 news culture.”

The nation’s collective obsession with JFK’s assassination was a source of constant creative output for Andy Warhol, who was fascinated by the potent combination of celebrity and tragedy. Organized by the Telfair, “Warhol/JFK” reflects Warhol’s response to the media blitz that followed the incident.

“I’d been thrilled about having Kennedy as president,” Warhol once recalled. “He was handsome, young, smart, but it didn’t bother me that much that he was dead. What bothered me was the way television and radio were programming everybody to feel so sad. It seemed like no matter how hard you tried, you couldn’t get away from the thing.”

Andy Warhol created “Flash-November 22, 1963” in 1968, five years after JFK’s assassination.

The exhibit will be on display at the Jepson Center, located at 207 W. York St. on Telfair Square in Savannah, from October 18, 2013 through March 9, 2014.

For more information, hours, tickets: call 912.790.8802 or visit http://www.telfair.org/warholjfk-november-22-1963-a-selection-of-andy-warhol-prints-from-the-herbert-brito-collection/.

 Jepson Center – 207 W. York Street, on Telfair Square

Telfair Academy – 121 Barnard Street, on Telfair Square

Owens-Thomas House – 124 Abercorn Street, on Oglethorpe Square


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  1. Gerry Segal says:

    John . F. Kennedy’s assassination happened 50 years ago and a majority of Americans do not believe The Warren Commission Report. After 50 years of denials, free the files.

    “Sunny Day in Dallas” – Gerry Segal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRH7qTLzxvU


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