In honor of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death, downtown North Little Rock will be hosting a very special exhibit, "JFK 50 Years Later," that captures the life and times of the 35th U.S. president.
Tuesday morning, the JFK 50 Years Later Committee held a news conference to announce the lineup of exhibit locations and themes for the archival photography exhibition, set for March 25-30 in North Little Rock’s Argenta District.
Presented by Rogers Photo Archives and Argenta Images, the exhibit will include photos that have never or rarely been seen by the public, focusing on various aspects of the President’s life, including family, early years in politics, critical issues and images of the times, and his presidency. The exclusive photos will be on display in the Argenta Arts District galleries and exhibition space in downtown North Little Rock, home of Rogers Photo Archive and Argenta Images. Eight North Little Rock galleries and restaurants will serve as hosts of the 120 images.
These events have been confirmed for the exhibition:
- Craig Renaud, award-winning executive director of Little Rock Film Festival, has created an exhibition film about JFK, which will be introduced at the opening night kick-off at 7 p.m. Monday, March 25. His productions have been featured on ESPN, PBS, Discovery Times Channel, HBO, NBC’s “Dateline” and The New York Times.
- Gov. Mike Beebe, honorary chair of the exhibition, will read JFK’s inaugural speech at noon Tuesday, March 26, on the steps of the Argenta Post Office, 420 Main St.
- At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday night, “Tales from the South,” the award-winning NPR radio program that regularly broadcasts from the Argenta District, will feature writers discussing “Where Were You?” on the show’s highly acclaimed Tin Roof Project, which is distributed to 130 million listeners worldwide.
- Shooting JFK: A Conversation with Photographer Willie Allen, a photographer for the Dallas Times Herald, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Argenta Community Theater.
- The Argenta Film Series will screen Oliver Stone’s “JFK” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Argenta Community Theater.
- The Exhibition Finale will be at the Argenta Community Theater at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, featuring an auction of the works of Arkansas-based artists. Sculptor Kevin Kresse is creating a bust of the President, while Matt McCleod and Doug Norton are painting the President’s image, Stephano Sutherlin is painting Jackie Kennedy’s image, and Emily Wood is painting the First Family. Jeff Baskin, executive director of the William F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock, will be honored with the Argenta Arts District Community Contributors Award as part of the night’s festivities.
The exhibit will be free, while special ticketed events will raise money for the Argenta Arts Foundation and the NLR Moonshot Project, a community initiative to increase college attainment levels through the arts, education and economic development.
For more information about the special new exhibit coming up, check out the Argenta Art District's article here. Get a preview of what you can expect at the exhibit in the video below: