Sunday, December 4, 2011
50th Anniversary of JFK’s Inauguration: 1961 – 2011
When: through January 8, 2012
This small collection of pictures is in the stairway in the Portrait Gallery/American Art building, on the second floor. It's easy to combine with a trip to another exhibit in either of the collections.
The painting shown here is by Elaine de Kooning, who was so taken with the president that after his death, she didn't paint for a year. The painting has a tremendous energy to it, in keeping with Kennedy's personality, well worth seeing on its own. Interestingly enough, it was adopted by the Mondales.
The inauguration took place in a snowstorm, where streets were unplowed and cars abandoned. The more things change, the more they stay the same...
Verdict: If you're here in the building to see another exhibit, and there's lots going on now to see, take a few minutes to look at this little show.
Labels: 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Inauguration: 1961 – 2011, January 2012, National Portrait Gallery