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JFK 50 Years Later Announces Exhibit Venues
JFK 50 Years Later Announces Exhibit Venues

JFK Archival Photography Exhibition to Include Never-Before-Seen Photos from World’s Largest Collection

  • Exhibit to Be on Display March 25-20 in the Argenta Arts District, downtown North Little Rock.
  • JFK Archival Photography Exhibition Announces Exhibit Locations and Themes and Schedule of Week’s Events
  • Eight Argenta locations will display different themes of JFK’s life

The exhibition, presented by Rogers Photo Archives and Argenta Images, includes photos that have never or rarely been seen. The photos focus on various aspects of the President’s life, including family, early years in politics, critical issues and images of the times, and his Presidency. The exclusive photos will be on display in the Argenta Arts District galleries and exhibition space in downtown North Little Rock, home of Rogers Photo Archive and Argenta Images. Eight North Little Rock galleries and restaurants will serve as hosts of the approximately 120 images.

The exhibit Argenta Arts District location and themes are as follows:

  • The Joint, 301 Main St., #102 — Moon Shot: The Space Race
  • Thea Foundation, 401 Main St., #100 — JFK: His Family
  • Starving Artist Café, 411 Main St. — JFK: The Kennedy Clan
  • Art Connection, 204 East 4th St. — JFK: The Arts and the Challenge for Public Service
  • Argenta Community Theater, 405 Main St. — JFK: 1000 Days of Camelot
  • Pennington Studios, 417 Main St. — JFK: A Nation Mourns
  • Greg Thompson Fine Art, 429 Main St. — JFK: From Campaigns to Cold War
  • Paint Box Gallery, 705 Main St. — Jacqueline Kennedy

The following events have been confirmed for the exhibition:

  • Craig Renaud, award-winning executive director of Little Rock Film Festival, has created an exhibition film about JFK, which will be introduced at the opening night kick-off at 7 p.m. Monday, March 25. His productions have been featured on ESPN, PBS, Discovery Times Channel, HBO, NBC’s “Dateline” and The New York Times.
  • Gov. Mike Beebe, honorary chair of the exhibition, will read JFK’s inaugural speech at noon Tuesday, March 26 on the steps of the Argenta Post Office, 420 Main St.
  • Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m., “Tales from the South,” the award-winning NPR radio program that regularly broadcasts from the Argenta District, will feature writers discussing “Where Were You?” on the show’s highly acclaimed Tin Roof Project, which is distributed to 130 million listeners worldwide.
  • Shooting JFK: A Conversation with Photographer Willie Allen, a photographer for the Dallas Times Herald, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Argenta Community Theater.
  • The Argenta Film Series will screen Oliver Stone’s “JFK” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Argenta Community Theater.
  • The Exhibition Finale will be at the Argenta Community Theater at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, featuring an auction of the works of acclaimed Arkansas-based artists. Sculptor Kevin Kresse is creating a bust of the President, Matt McCleod and Doug Norton are painting the President’s image, Stephano Sutherlin is painting Jackie Kennedy’s image, and Emily Wood is painting the First Family. Jeff Baskin, executive director of the William F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock, will be honored with the Argenta Arts District Community Contributors Award as part of the evening’s festivities.

The exhibit will be free, while special ticketed events will raise money for the Argenta Arts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to provide arts and cultural experiences for the people of Arkansas, as well as the NLR Moonshot Project, a community initiative to increase college attainment levels through the arts, education and economic development.