Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Carter exhibited 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 former Carter Board President Ruth Carter Stevenson and a small group of Fort Worth art collectors, was created especially for the president and first lady in celebration of their overnight visit and included paintings by Thomas Eakins, Lyonel Feininger, Marsden Hartley, and Franz Kline, and sculptures by Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso, among others.
The exhibition reunited for the first time the paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, highlighting the diverse and thoughtful installation of artworks brought together for the presidential couple. Hotel Texas will also reveal the complete story of the presidential suite 850 installation, which until now, was overshadowed by the president’s tragic death, and examine the significance of art both to the Kennedys and to the Dallas–Fort Worth communities. It will bring to light related materials, most of which have remained in private collections since 1963, including photographs of the suite prior to the couple’s arrival and documentation relating to the president’s assassination.
President Kennedy speaks to the crowd, 1963
Charles M. RussellLost in a Snowstorm -- We Are Friends
Oil on canvas
President and Mrs. Kennedy disembark Air Force One, 1963
Thomas EakinsSwimming, 1885
Oil on canvas
Living Area, Suite 850, Hotel Texas, 1963
Morris GravesSpirit Bird, ca. 1956
Tempura on paper
Second (smaller) Bedroom, Suite 850, Hotel Texas, 1963
A Girl from Lombardia, 1958-59
Ruth Carter Johnson and Lucile Weiner with *Angry Owl* by Pablo Picasso, 1963
Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy was organized by the Dallas Museum of Art in association with the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Fort Worth presentation is supported in part by generous contributions in memory of Ruth Carter Stevenson from Shirlee J. and Taylor Gandy and Bob and Patricia Schieffer; and by Kathryn and Morris Matson in honor of Gwendolyn Weiner and Scott Grant Barker. Prior to the presentation at the Carter, the exhibition was on view at the DMA from May 26–September 15, 2013.