JFK Assassination Exhibit Opens at Woodberry Forest School
Woodberry Forest School in Madison County has opened an exhibit on the assassination of John F. Kennedy that has been 14 years in the making. The exhibit features 11 large-scale composite paintings of iconic photographs events surrounding the Kennedy assassination.
Over the years an art teacher and more than 60 of his students created the massive art and history lesson. Kelly Lonergan, the Art Department chair, has been selectively piecing together the exhibit with students in the varsity art program. He says the final product on display for the 50th anniversary of the assassination is a dream finally realized.
Once Lonergan assigned a piece to a group of students, they would work to replicate and enlarge small square blocks of the picture. The fragmented art is intended to portray the confusion and mystery that still surrounds Kennedy’s assassination today.
“The way that a lot of the paintings were painted is to kind of communicate the fact that the account of what happened is still very fragmented. It’s very abstract, it's very kind of blurry, it looks different ways to different people,” Lonergan stated.
Lonergan says each composite painting is an interpretation of a black and white photograph in terms of light, medium, and dark colors. The first piece, which shows the murder of alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, was completed in 1999.
The paintings are on display at the Baker Gallery in Woodberry’s Walker Fine Arts Center through December 18.
Lonergan says even though the exhibit is now open, he still has ideas for more pieces to be added.
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