Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy

May 26, 2013 to September 15, 2013 | Hoffman Galleries

Free Admission

“Amazing . . . The exhibit may be the most compelling and inspirational commemoration of Kennedy’s assassination 50 years ago.”

—Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Dallas Museum of Art will bring together the works of art installed in the president’s suite at the Hotel Texas during his fateful trip in 1963. The original installation, orchestrated by a small group of Fort Worth art collectors, was created especially for the president and first lady in celebration of their overnight visit to the city and included paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Thomas Eakins, Lyonel Feininger, Franz Kline, and Marsden Hartley, and sculptures by Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore, among others.

On view through September 15, 2013, Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy will reunite the paintings, sculptures, and works on paper for the first time in their original gathering, highlighting the diverse and thoughtful installation of artworks brought together for the presidential couple. The exhibition will also reveal for the first time the complete story of the presidential Suite 850 installation, which had been overshadowed by the president’s tragic death, and examine the significance of art both to the Kennedys and to the Dallas–Fort Worth communities.

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Listening Hard – Remembering JFK on Record

Visit the C3 Theater to listen to recordings of calypso, blues, country, and corridos produced in the days and months after the assassination memorializing JFK. The audio and video installation is produced by Alan Govenar and is on view through the run of Hotel Texas.

Hotel Texas: Oral Histories smARTphone tour

Bring your own web-enabled device (such as an iPhone or Blackberry) to listen to first-hand memories of JFK’s trip to Texas.

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Frozen in History: The Arrival of the Kennedys in Dallas

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Horchow Auditorium

In a color photograph published in Life magazine a week after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the president and First Lady are shown arriving at Love Field on a resplendent fall morning. Their aura of youth, beauty, and vitality, which seemed to pertain to the nation itself in the early 1960s, would be shattered by the events of the following hour and yet also, paradoxically, intensified. David Lubin, author of Shooting Kennedy: JFK and the Culture of Images and Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University, will examine this and other iconic photos of that weekend to see how the Camelot legend reached its apotheosis.

Lecture tickets are $5. Purchase your ticket online at or by phone at 214-922-1818. After 3:00 p.m. on the day of the event, tickets can be purchased on-site at the Visitor Services Desk.




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Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy Catalog
This volume reunites the works in this exhibition for the first time and features some previously unpublished images of the hotel room. Essays examine this exhibition from several angles: anecdotal, analytical, cultural, and historical, and include discussions of what the local citizens wished to convey to their distinguished viewers.