As the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination approaches, dozens of events are planned to honor his life and legacy in Dallas and surrounding cities.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, on the same floor from which the fatal shots were fired on Nov. 22, 1963, has had a steady stream of visitors leading up to the grim anniversary. Permanent exhibits highlight Kennedy’s leadership, the assassination and conspiracy theories that still surround this event a half-century later. The museum also regularly hosts “living history” lectures by people connected to the president or the events surrounding his death—the next one on Dec. 6-7 features Kari-Mette Pigmans, who was a Pan Am flight attendant aboard the White House press plane in the early 1960s and met Kennedy several times. Visit www.jfk.org for details.
The museum and the Nasher Sculpture Center also will host special concerts to commemorate JFK’s death. “One Red Rose,” composed by Stephen Mackey for the event and performed by the Brentano String Quartet, will be presented along with other works Nov. 23-24. Tickets are required—visit the sculpture center website for the Saturday evening concert or the museum website for a Sunday afternoon performance.
In Fort Worth, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art hosts “Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy” through Jan. 12. The exhibit features the works procured for the president’s suite for his overnight stay in Fort Worth before his fateful visit to Dallas in 1963. The original installation included paintings by Thomas Eakins, Lyonel Feininger, Marsden Hartley and Franz Kline, as well as sculptures by Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso—all chosen by a small group of Fort Worth art collectors to appeal to the tastes of President Kennedy and the First Lady.