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Smithsonian Exhibit Celebrates Life of JFK

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is kicking off a year-long celebration of JFK’s life on May 3, marking what would have been his 100th year, with the exhibit “American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times.” The exhibit, which is based on the forthcoming book JFK: A Vision for America, is one of the most exhaustively researched collections of Kennedy photos ever assembled and brings together images from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Getty Images, private collections and the Kennedy family archives that capture the dramatic scope of Kennedy’s life. Some of the photographs on display are iconic while others have never before been published.

The exhibition is organized by Lawrence Schiller of Wiener Schiller Productions; John Jacob, the museum’s McEvoy Family Curator for Photography, is coordinating the exhibition in Washington, D.C. The exhibition will be on view at the Smithsonian May 3 through September 17, and will then travel to several cities across the United States.

As part of the “JFK 100 Centennial Celebration,” the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is spearheading a series of events and initiatives across the nation aimed at inspiring new generations to find meaning in the enduring values that formed the heart of the Kennedy presidency-courage, freedom, justice, service and vision. In D.C., the museum is part of a citywide celebration with other cultural organizations including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the White House Historical Association and the Newseum.

Visitors can join the conversation about the centennial celebrations at #JFK100. Information about upcoming exhibition-related programming at the museum will be available online at when details are confirmed.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is located at 8th and F streets NW, above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station. Museum hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

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