Special Exhibitions Archive 2016


© Steve Schaprio, courtesy CAMERA WORK
© Steve Schaprio, courtesy CAMERA WORK

© Steve Schaprio, courtesy CAMERA WORK
© Steve Schaprio, courtesy CAMERA WORK

© Steve Schaprio, courtesy CAMERA WORK
© Steve Schaprio, courtesy CAMERA WORK

DECADES OF CHANGE

Iconic Women of the 60s and 70s

June 17 – October 16, 2016

 

»Not to be a housewife« a young graduate of the prestigious Miss Porter's School for girls noted down in the yearbook of 1947 regarding her plans for the future. Her name was Jacqueline Lee Bouvier–First Lady to-be.

About ten years later, her resolution became a realistic opportunity for many women. Inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, which had originated in the 1950s, women began to unite in the United States and Europe in order to demand social equality.

The special exhibition »DECADES OF CHANGE – Iconic Women of the 60s and 70s« shows this development based on 60 portraits of female icons of these decades from the photo collection of CAMERA WORK AG.


The exhibition shows portraits of pioneers of women's rights like Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, or Angela Davis. Furthermore, it examines how the public images of women such as Romy Schneider, Jackie Kennedy, or Grace Kelly significantly changed those days. In addition, it shows women like Jane Birkin, Veruschka, Uschi Obermaier, Bianca Jagger, or Twiggy who became famous first. They represented the new faces of their time and became icons of Swinging London and the '68 generation.


Photos by artists and photographers such as Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Horst P. Horst, Elliott Erwitt, Jeanloup Sieff, Steve Schapiro, Charlotte March, Brian Duffy, Will McBride, Robert Lebeck, or Thomas Billhardt visualized these changing times in the U.S. and Europe.



»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