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"Dearest Jackie": On the Death of JFK


 1548925Posthumous portrait of John F. Kennedy (1917–1963), 35th President of the United States, by Bernard Fuchs. Digital ID: 1548925November 20–December 1, 2013
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, McGraw Rotunda

To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (November 22, 1963), NYPL remembers the horrific tragedy that shook the nation—and the world—with a special exhibition. "Dearest Jackie": On the Death of JFK features the work of 20th-century masters Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, as well as a heart-wrenching photograph by the great Elliott Erwitt. At the heart of the exhibition is a poignant condolence letter to Jacqueline Kennedy from Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., written within hours of the assassination. An intimate associate of both Kennedy and the First Lady, Schlesinger puts into words the grief and despair of a nation.

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Support for The New York Public Library's Exhibitions Program has been provided by Celeste Bartos, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos Exhibitions Fund, and Jonathan Altman.