Friday, January 24, 2014

Rare Kennedy photos on display at Cottonwood

Posted By on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 3:21 PM

It started as a one-night-only event, but for today and tomorrow, you can enjoy the photos as well.

It's the Kennedy Family Folio, a large collection of photographs documenting John F. Kennedy and his family, from JFK's Cape Cod youth, up through his assassination. Though many are familiar to casual viewers, there are quite a few (to this untrained viewer) lesser-known specimens, like one of JFK clumsily mouthing an ice cream cone. They occupy the largest gallery at Cottonwood Center for the Arts.
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The collection belongs to longtime local arts supporter and developer Chuck Murphy, who, according to Cottonwood literature, worked on the Kennedy campaign: "As a first generation Irish Catholic American, the Kennedy campaign was near and dear to his heart and has been ever since."

Further, "Chuck began collecting photos of Kennedy during his travels — spearheaded by a job that sent him all over the country," reads the program. "Over time his interest in Kennedy photos became so well known that people would seek him out to purchase photos and eventually his collection grew to what you see today."

The images were curated by Karen Khoury, a local artist and wife of Cottonwood executive director Jon Khoury. Karen told the Indy that instead of just lining up the images along the wall, she clustered them in groups with similar subjects, like JFK and kids on the boat, with his brothers, or working in the Oval Office.

In addition, there were a number of newspapers on display reporting the assassination, the capture and then eventual murder of Lee Harvey Oswald. Cottonwood also put up an exhibit in the lobby telling the story of the first men to walk on the moon — Kennedy's great goal.

The short show is a fundraiser for Cottonwood, which plans to expand its programming this year by partnering with Innovations in Aging to "bring art gallery shows to senior citizens who are immobile and unable to experience art in traditional gallery settings."

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