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Kennedy Center to Open Permanent JFK Exhibit to Honor Namesake


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is preparing to launch a new exhibit dedicated to John F. Kennedy, the 35th president after whom it was named, this week.

Titled Art and Ideals: President John F. Kennedy, the permanent exhibit will focus on Kennedy’s appreciation and promotion of the arts, as well as the story of the cultural center becoming the living memorial of the late president.

The opening event that includes a ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 17 at 12:00 in the States Gallery. 

The immersive exhibit, which consists of four main areas — Art and Democracy, Art and Social Change, Art and the White House, and Art and Culture — features archival photographs, videos, and digital items.

Visitors can visit for free daily from 12:00 pm to 12:00 am. 

The highlights of the 7,500-square foot JFK Gallery include:

  • Trace the power of the arts in influencing politics, culture, and style.
  • Step into the words of President Kennedy’s speeches.
  • Create your own guest list for a White House dinner.
  • Capture an artistic selfie in the style of President Kennedy’s portrait by artist Elaine de Kooning.

For further information, click here.

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