ART AND IDEALS - KENNEDY CENTER
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, culminates its 50th anniversary season this year with the opening of Art and Ideals: President John F. Kennedy, a permanent interpretive exhibition which opened to public on September 17, 2022.
As a living memorial to John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Center actively seeks new ways to embody its namesake’s ideals, honor his legacy and celebrate his commitment to the arts. The exhibition establishes an interpretive space at the Center that explores Kennedy’s personal connection with the performing and visual arts and reminds visitors of their importance to a democratic society.
“Dynamic Portraiture” introduces the historic Kennedy portrait by expressionist painter Elaine de Kooning and enables visitors to create their own digital self-portraits in her distinctive style and palette.
“Dinner at the White House” features a series of touchscreen “plates” that represent the prominent cultural figures who attended Kennedy dinners. Commonalities among the guests emerge as graphics link up on the table top, and visitors can create their own guest lists.
“The Power of Words” presents keywords from landmark Kennedy speeches on a mirrored wall, where they come together to form full sentences as people approach.
Creative Direction: Richard The
Creative Technologists: Markus Lerner, Andreas Schmelas
Dynamic Portraiture Artist: Sergio Albiac
Design: Jiangnan Hou, Rozi Zhu, Ardak Mukanova
Sound design: Marian Mentrup
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