DMA honors JFK with exhibit

Hotel Texas exhibit is currently on display at the Dallas Museum of Art. (Courtesy of

The Dallas Museum of Art hosted the Hotel Texas Exhibition in honor of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy.

Originally organized by a group of art collectors from Fort Worth, the exhibition is called Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy.

It is a collection of the works of art that were installed in President Kennedy’s suite at Hotel Texas during his visit in 1963.

Hotel Texas is located in the historic district of Fort Worth.

It is a small hotel with only 18 guest rooms, and is only a few minutes away from the stockyards and the Tarrant County Courthouse.

The Hotel Texas exhibition reveals the full story behind the presidential Suite 850 installation for the first time, something that was previously overshadowed by Kennedy’s death.

It also aims to explore the meaning of art not only in relation to the Kennedys but also to the Dallas-Fort Worth communities.

The installation includes an array of paintings, sculptures and works on paper by artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Thomas Eakins, Lyonel Feininger, Franz Kline, Marsden Hartley, Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore.

“I think it’s spectacular. It is an amazing collection of individual works,” Mark Connally said to The Dallas Morning News.

He also added that he believes the pieces truly capture the spirit of what was desired back in 1963.

Connally’s company Citi Private Bank acts as a sponsor of the exhibition.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram called Hotel Texas, “the most compelling and inspirational commemoration of Kennedy’s assassination 50 years ago.”

The exhibit has been at the DMA since May 26 and will end Sunday.

It has free admission and welcomes an audience of all ages.

Since Feb. 18, SMU has been participating in the year long observance of
the assassination

SMU houses documents related to the events of Nov. 22, 1963.

Faculty experts are also available to offer insight to the event.

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