The Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe
exhibition showcases intimate and iconic images of President John F.
Kennedy and his family, and explores how these images were used by the
media. Jacques Lowe was Kennedy’s personal photographer from 1958
through his early years in the White House. Lowe’s extraordinary access
to the Kennedys allowed him to photograph events others could not. His
photographs helped create the “Camelot” legend of the Kennedy
presidency. The exhibition features more than 70 photographs and contact
sheets that document Kennedy’s rise to power, his 1958 Senate
re-election campaign, his rise to the White House and intimate scenes of
the Kennedys at home. Lowe’s original negatives were stored in a World
Trade Center bank vault and lost during the 9/11 terrorist attacks in
2001. This exhibition features photographs that were digitally restored
and reproduced by the Newseum from Lowe’s original work prints and
Creating Camelot Programming
Omaha Hosts the Presidents
January 9 – May 22, 2016
Flyover country. Nothing could be further from the truth of what Omaha
really is. With its strong military presence and economic output, Omaha
has become a required stop for presidents and presidential candidates
out on the campaign trail. This 12-image exhibit explores the various
presidents who stopped in Omaha from the 19th century onward. Take home
your favorite print, or the whole presidential package! Contact Bill
Gonzales in the Photo Archive at 402-444-5071 ext. 525 for more
Preservation in the Archive
January 9, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Photo Archive Lobby
The Photo Archive at The Durham Museum has spent the past 40 years
preserving and displaying the photographic history of Omaha. This
exhibit gives visitors a sneak peek at our digitization initiative,
explores the history of the archive and brings to light the museum’s
race against time and deterioration to save these iconic images.
Cocktails with the Kennedys
Join the On Track Guild for an intimate look into the Kennedy family.
Friday, February 19, 2016
For more information or to make a reservation, contact the museum at 402-444-5071.
Up Close with JFK
February 20, March 5 and April 2; 9-10AM
Join local experts for a special tour and commentary of Creating Camelot
. Space is limited on these tours (25) so please make reservations by calling 402-444-5071 or email reservations@DurhamMuseum.org
Saturday, February 20 – Indira Williams Babic, Director of Photography and Visual Resources at The Newseum, Washington, D.C.
Behind the Frame
March 11 at 11AM, April 5 at 6PM and May 7 at 11AM
Saturday, March 5 – Creating Camelot: Perspectives on the Images of Jacques Lowe
Presented by Dr. Spencer Davis, Professor of History, Peru State College
Photographs of the Kennedy family by official photographer Jacques Lowe
have an energy and unprecedented range of settings that helped create
the impression of a modern day Camelot. Please join Professor Spencer
Davis to explore other features of the Kennedy images revealed by the
Creating Camelot exhibit.
Saturday, April 2 –“Packaging a President: JFK and the Power of Media Imagery”
Dr. Mark Scherer, Martin Professor of Western American History, University of Nebraska Omaha
John F. Kennedy is frequently described as the first president to take
full advantage of the new medium of television to convey both his
message and his image directly to the American people. In this talk accompanying a special tour of the Creating Camelot
exhibit, Dr. Mark Scherer will offer his thoughts on the way that
Kennedy and his political handlers used not only television, but visual
media of all types, to create and sustain the romantic “Camelot” imagery
that has become one of the most enduring legacies of the Kennedy era.
Join The Durham’s Curator, Carrie Wieners Meyer for a presentation
entitled, “Preserving Family Treasures” followed by a special behind the
scenes look at the museum’s Photo Archive. Learn the important work
being done to preserve Omaha’s history, as well as how you can preserve
your own family treasures. Program will conclude with an up-close look
at the preservation efforts within the Creating Camelot
exhibition. Program lasts approximately 2 hours. Space is limited on
these tours so please make reservations by calling 402-444-5071 or
Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe
developed by the Newseum in collaboration with the Jacques Lowe Estate.
The Newseum, an interactive museum of free expression, is located in
Washington, D.C. Newseum.org
*JFK’s Real Heroism in “Camelot”
Presented by Drs. Jim Blight and janet Lang
Tuesday, April 26, 6PM
Stanley and Dorothy Truhlsen Lecture Hall
(Dessert reception to follow)
Camelot legend emphasized JFK’s status as a war hero. Recent research
has shown that he was indeed a hero of the Cold War, but not in the
manner suggested by his admirers. We now know that the single most
important reason global Armageddon was avoided in the early 1960s was
the decision-making by President John F. Kennedy on matters of war and
peace. He was a practitioner of “heroic inaction” and staying as far as
possible from the abyss of war.
Blight and janet Lang will explore Kennedy’s signature decision-making
traits as a tale of two backbones - one physical and one metaphorical.
Explore how JFK used his multitude of physical illnesses, near death
experiences (receiving last rites at least four times) and chronic,
lifelong back pain as a form of mental strengthening to navigate one of
the most crucial eras of U.S. diplomacy.
Drs. Jim Blight and
janet Lang are professors in the Department of History and Balsillie
School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo in
*Space is limited so please make reservations by calling 402-444-5071 or email reservations@DurhamMuseum.org.
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