Friday, August 6, 2010

The Kennedys | Portrait of a Family: Photographs by Richard Avedon at Morven

Photograph by Richard Avedon
Courtesy National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Instituion

"The Kennedy's | Portrait of a Family: Photographs by Richard Avedon" opens Saturday, August 7, at Morven Museum & Garden. This is the Princeton area's chance to see the traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

On January 3, 1961, distinguished photo portraitist and fashion photographer Richard Avedon undertook an assignment for Harper's Bazaar and Look magazines at the Kennedy family home in Palm Beach, Florida. The photo session took place three weeks prior to Kennedy's presidential inauguration. Over several hours Avedon took candid and posed portraits of the president-elect, his wife Jackie and their children Caroline and John, Jr.

In 1966, three years after the assassination of President Kennedy, Richard Avedon donated the prints and negatives to the National Museum of American History. The exhibit features 27 black and white photographs, 9 large images and 18 enlarged contact sheets. Six of the images appeared in Harper's Bazaar's February 1961 issue.

This is the first time images from this photo shoot are on view in their entirety and the show is available only to select venues, so we are fortunate to have this exhibit in our area. The exhibition runs through October 31.

Morven Museum & Garden is located at 55 Stockton Street in Princeton. Museum hours are 11 am to 3 pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and noon to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Free parking is available on site. Click here for directions.