Special Exhibitions Archive 2016


»MY PONY MACARONI«

A Horse at the White House and further Animal Stories

December 17, 2015 until June 8, 2016

 

When asked about life in the U.S. capital, President Harry S. Truman allegedly once cynically answered: »If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog!« Indeed, almost all of his successors have followed this advice.

Just in time for the beginning of the holiday season the new special exhibition »My Pony Macaroni«–also for families and pet lovers–opens its doors at the Museum THE KENNEDYS. Spanning more than a century of the history of photography, it gives an insight into historical background, funny anecdotes, and interesting facts regarding the relationship between mankind and animal that has developed over centuries.

Over 70 photos–many of them valuable vintage prints–from 30 eminent photographers such as Elliott Erwitt, Richard Avedon, Steve Schapiro, Mark Shaw, Edward Steichen, and Martin Schoeller feature the Kennedys as well as artists like Robert Frank, James Dean, Drew Barrymore, Jay-Z, Truman Capote, Marlon Brando, Pete Doherty, Jeremy Irons, and Mike Tyson along with their animal friends.

The exhibition focuses especially on the staging of mankind and animal in the history of photography and society, the long tradition of First Pets at the White House, and furthermore on the spectacular zoo of the Kennedys, home to two pet celebrities: Caroline Kennedy's pony Macaroni and the dog Pushinka–a present from Nikita Khrushchev and the offspring of the world-famous dog Strelka, who was sent into outer space.

The exhibition is complemented with numerous magazines from the 1960s, which emphasize how the image of the Kennedys as an idealized family was completed by dogs, cats, and a little pony.

© Robert Knudsen · White House Photographs · John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
© Robert Knudsen · White House Photographs · John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

© Robert Knudsen · White House Photographs · John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
© Robert Knudsen · White House Photographs · John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston