Dallas 1963 from the series History

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Exhibition Label
Dallas 1963 shows a model of President John F. Kennedy in a black Lincoln Continental moments before he was assassinated. The photograph is loosely based on Abraham Zapruder's famous 8mm amateur film of the tragedy, but the orientation of the car and the figures is
reversed. The First Lady and her pink hat, rather than the president, become the focus. Despite this and the blurring of the image, the subject is unmistakable. Its continual repetition in the media has embedded the scene in our collective psyche, reinforcing public fascination around the
tragedy. Levinthal's adaptation not only gestures at the actual event but also these countless restagings.
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Donald Standford Rosenfeld, Jr.
Restrictions & Rights
© 2013, David Levinthal
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Department
Graphic Arts
2013
Object number
2017.41.13
Artist
David Levinthal, born San Francisco, CA 1949
Sitter
John F. Kennedy
Jacqueline Kennedy
Topic
Architecture\vehicle\automobile
Ceremony\procession
Occupation\political\president
Portrait male\bust
Cityscape\Texas\Dallas
Portrait female\bust
Portrait group\family\spouses
Occupation\political\first lady
History\sixties
Medium
inkjet print
Dimensions
17 × 22 in. (43.2 × 55.9 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Photography