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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.

Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

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.

As part of Studio TheGreenEyl, we collaborated with Abbott Miller of Pentagram and architects Kieran Timberlake to develop three interactive experiences for this exhibition.

Photo by Alan Karchmer

“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.

Photo by Markus Lerner

Photo by Alan Karchmer

“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.

Photo by Markus Lerner

Photo by Markus Lerner

Photo by Alan Karchmer

“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

More detailed coverage see press and links:

The Washington Post


The Kennedy Center

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