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"Filming Kennedy: Home Movies from Dallas" Exhibition Opens Nov. 12
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DALLAS/November 12, 2007—Showcasing silent moving images of President John F. Kennedy from his 1960 presidential campaign through his funeral in 1963, Filming Kennedy: Home Movies from Dallas opened Monday, November 12, in the seventh floor gallery of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.
Scheduled to run through October 19, 2008, the special exhibition presents a visual account of the late president by 23 photographers. Filming Kennedy is highlighted by 16 amateur films, many shown in their entirety, including what is perhaps the most internationally recognized home movie, an 8mm film taken by Abraham Zapruder. Along with profiles of the men and women behind the cameras—among them a mail carrier, a dress manufacturer, a psychologist, and an air conditioning mechanic—the exhibition features an interactive education area and a monthly series of daytime gallery talks by some of the photographers.
“Home movies have long reflected and influenced 20th century American culture,” says Nicola Longford, the Museum's executive director. “In staging this exhibition, the Museum presents a remarkable array of moving images of President Kennedy as well as a fascinating look at regular family life during the early 1960s. We are grateful to the individuals who preserved that history and, in doing so, allowed the Museum to share these films with the generations of today.”
About the Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets and supports the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history. Located at 411 Elm Street in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, the Museum is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and 12 to 6 p.m. Monday. Audio guides for the permanent exhibit are available in seven languages, and a youth version is available in English. For more information, visit www.jfk.org or call 214-747-6660.
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