Past 2018 Programs
March 6, 2018
In conjunction with the Nasher Sculpture Center’s Nasher Prize, this program looked at the ways in which artists work with documents, found and archived materials, and research to create sculptural work that considers particularly potent historic moments and issues, as well as the current political climate. Panelists included Chilean-born, New York-based artist, architect and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar; artist and recent recipient of the Calder Prize Jill Magid (New York); artist and educator Paul Ramirez Jonas (New York), and Dallas-based artist lauren woods. The conversation was moderated by Ben Davis, national art critic for artnet News.
March 12, 2018
Presented with the Dallas Theater Center, this program focused on The Great Society, the second part of Robert Schenkkan’s 2016 play All the Way. While facing a “war on poverty” at home, the increasingly unpopular Vietnam war and powerful political enemies, Lyndon B. Johnson fought to pass civil rights legislation and some of America’s most important social programs. Panelists included Schenkkan; Dr. Marvin Dulaney, associate professor emeritus of history at University of Texas, Arlington; Lee Cullum, journalist and host of KERA’s CEO; and moderator Kevin Moriarty, Dallas Theater Center Enloe/Rose Artistic Director. View this program on YouTube.
June 4, 2018
The opening program of the Museum’s temporary exhibit Rebel Spirits: Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. included a preview of the exhibit and a conversation with photojournalist/exhibit curator Lawrence Schiller and David Margolick, author of the book The Promise and the Dream, which helped inspire the Rebel Spirits exhibit. Both the book and the exhibit explore the unique relationship between Kennedy and King, who came from vastly different worlds but shared the same interests in civil rights, domestic poverty and opposition to the war in Vietnam. View this program on YouTube.
June 18, 2018
Ellen Meacham, author of Delta Epiphany: Robert F. Kennedy in Mississippi, discussed the lasting impact of Robert F. Kennedy’s visit to the Mississippi Delta in 1967, where Kennedy was stunned by the level of poverty and hunger he witnessed. Through the press coverage that followed him, the nation gained new understanding that children were starving within the United States. The program was presented in conjunction with the Museum’s temporary exhibit, Rebel Spirits: Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King.
August 23, 2018
A Ripple of Hope is a powerful documentary produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Dr. Donald Boggs that explores the passion for justice and personal courage that linked Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. in life as well as death. This film traces the events of April 4, 1968, when major cities across the United States erupted in riots and fires as news spread of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. Already en route to Indianapolis for a presidential campaign rally, candidate Kennedy was urged to cancel the rally for his own personal safety. Instead, he gave an extemporaneous speech that was credited with creating a sense of calm that averted violence in Indianapolis during the chaotic days following Dr. King’s death.
This was the final program in support of the temporary photography exhibit, Rebel Spirits: Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., which closes on September 3, 2018. The program included a film screening of the one-hour documentary, A Ripple of Hope, which narrates the events of that tragic day through the voices of those who were there, including Robert Kennedy’s press secretary Frank Mankiewicz, U.S. Representative John Lewis, former U.S. Representative Julia Carson and many more. A discussion with Dr. Boggs followed the screening.