No one intuited the the iconic power of media imagery of President Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline more quickly or acutely than pop artist Andy Warhol.
Now a rarely-seen 11-piece print portfolio created by Warhol in the days after JFK’s assassination will be exhibited at the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia. This is powerful stuff.
The show opens October 18.
The Telfair Museum’s website offers this thought:
“With these screenprints, Warhol aimed to underline the notion that society’s collective understanding of the event is a result of a media construction and not our own personal emotional response.”
I think that’s slightly overstated. It’s not an either or proposition. The power of Warhol’s vision is illuminating how media construction shapes or our personal response.