Art Reframes History Programming

Art Reframes History is a special installation of works of art at The Sixth Floor Museum that explores the variety of ways artists interpret history. The creative voices in this exhibit span time and geography but all share a common point of inspiration: the life and legacy of President Kennedy. Featuring visual art as well as musical composition and performance, the exhibit presents ten different artistic responses expressed in a variety of media—including photography, oil painting and screen prints, opera and musical theater, string quartet and percussion ensemble. Drawn from the Museum’s collections, the featured works serve as examples of the breadth of creativity that one historic event can inspire. 

Special virtual programs will complement the installation and will help visitors explore the lasting impact of the Kennedy assassination on creative voices and, more broadly, about the inspiration artists find in history and pop culture 

On view through April 4, 2021. 

Support for Art Reframes History is provided by


Upcoming Public Programs

Support for public programs is provided by the Virgil P. Warren foundation.

The “MAMA’S BOY Project” | Marguerite Oswald: A Footnote in History

Premieres Thursday, January 14, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. CST | FREE

Mama’s Boy is a play that tells the story of Lee Harvey Oswald’s complex relationship with his overbearing mother, Marguerite. The play follows her through history and examines the dynamics of an American family, played out in the shadow of history. 

Join the Museum for a special virtual experience. Directed by playwright Rob Urbinati and featuring a diverse cast of actors reading selections from the play, the program also includes conversations with real people whose lives intersected Marguerite’s. The program will examine the story of the Oswald family as well as the interplay between history and creativity.

More information here

“Mama’s Boy” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

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Programs for students and teachers 

Mama’s Boy student program 

Friday, January 15 | 10 a.m.  

A special learning experience for students will be offered in conjunction with the reading of Mama’s Boy. Actors and the playwright will explore the use of historical facts to create new works of fiction, as well as tenets of scriptwriting, performance and public speaking. 

Stay tuned for more information and registration.

“Mama’s Boy” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

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Past Public Programs

Interrogating Art 

Artists, curators and experts dive into the works of visual art in the exhibit.

Tuesday, September 22

Andy Warhol created numerous works of art that uses the imagery of the Kennedy family and the assassination of President Kennedy. Join Nicola Longford, CEO of The Sixth Floor Museum and Anna Katherine Brodbeck, Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, for a conversation about Warhol’s lasting fascination.

Watch on YouTube

Tuesday, September 29

Jens Lorenzen, a German artist, grew up in the 1960s. Fascinated by the impact of the assassination on his home country, he has incorporated President Kennedy into his monumental series, The Wall. Join Lorenzen and Nicola Longford, CEO, for a conversation about the in-depth research he did at the Museum and the way that it informs his work.

Watch on YouTube
Watch an excerpt of his oral history here.

Tuesday, October 6

Paul Sokal is a Dallas-based photographer as well as a medical doctor. He  joins curator Stephen Fagin for a conversation about his meditative triptych that explores what it might be like the night before someone plans to carry out an act of violence.

Watch on YouTube
Watch an excerpt of his oral history here.

Tuesday, October 13

Several artists represented in the exhibition manipulate well-known photographs to inspire deeper emotional impact, including Warhol, German artist Piet Wessing and Chinese American artist Alex Guofeng Cao. Join Charles Wylie, Curator of Photography and New Media at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and Nicola Longford, CEO, for an exploration of the artistic practice of adapting photographs to create an entirely new work of art.

Watch on YouTube

Trauma, Tragedy and the Healing Power of Music 

Wednesday, October 7

Composers David Little, Steven Mackey and Jesus Martinez, librettist Royce Vavrek, and Associate Professor of Music at Wellesley College, Jenny Olivia Johnson discuss the power of music to help us heal from grief and trauma. Join them for a panel conversation, moderated by curator Stephen Fagin.

Watch on YouTube
Watch excerpts of the oral history interviews with Little and Vavrek here, and Martinez here.