JFK’s 50th Anniversary, “My Kennedy Years” At Westwood Gallery
In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Assassination, Westwood Gallery in Soho is exhibiting a series of photographs taken by Jacques Lowe, showcasing intimate settings of JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy. The exhibition runs through January 31, 2014. JFK’s 50th Anniversary, “My Kennedy Years” At Westwood Gallery.
I toured the exhibit the day before the initial launch with Dana Altman, the Director at Westwood Gallery who explained the process the gallery goes through to put together exhibitions from conception to launch. Her perspective was broad and diverse and I learned a lot!
My Kennedy Years includes over 50 photographs by Jacques Lowe (1930-2001). The photographs represent an intimate view of John F. Kennedy at several points in his life:
- On the campaign trail
- During his term as President
- Family moments with Jackie and his children
The exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death and is also a tribute to Jacques Lowe who met the Kennedy’s in 1958. He was originally hired as the family’s personal photographer at the age of 28, and experienced the private and professional life of the President, taking over 40,000 photographs over a 3-year period.
Jacques Lowe’s photographs shaped the public’s perception of the Kennedy family in the 1950’s. Lowe died in May 2001. All of his original negatives were stored in a World Trade Center Bank bank vault were lost during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Only 10 negatives, which were out on loan at the time, have survived. The prints in this exhibition are from the Estate of Jacques Lowe’s collection of vintage and modern fine art prints and the exhibition is curated by James Cavello. Mr. Lowe’s last exhibit, of photographs of jazz greats, also took place at Westwood Gallery in 1999.
Accompanying the exhibition is the book, My Kennedy Years: A Memoir by Jacques Lowe, Thames & Hudson.
The Westwood Gallery NYC is a contemporary art gallery since 1995, at 568 Broadway, Suite 501. They are open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm. The gallery represents several artist estates as well as contemporary artists working in diverse media such as painting, photography, video, and sculpture. The gallery also develops innovative programs that integrate fine art with diverse projects, such as multi-media exhibitions, film production, new technologies, and other unique applications.