Friday, November 22, 2013
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated fifty years ago in Dallas. Anyone my age can tell you exactly where they were when they got the news.
The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford pairs two Kennedy artworks. On the left is Retroactive I, a 1964 oil and silkscreen by Robert Rauschenberg that includes a reference to the space race and a photo of Kennedy and his characteristic pointing gesture.
On the right is Bluewald (1989 - 90) by Cady Noland, a silkscreen on aluminum with fabric and wood. It is based on the newspaper photograph of Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, as he was shot by Jack Ruby.