4 Mar 2018, by GekeDijkstra
starts on 9 Mar 2018,
ends on 10 Jun 2018
151 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, United States
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From March 9 to June 10, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), CA, will show "The Train: RFK's Last Journey". Dutch photographer Rein Jelle Terpstra contributed to this exhibition with his project "The People's View" (2014-18), a collection of photographs and home videos by the spectators of Robert F. Kennedy's funeral train.
On June 8, 1968, three days after the assassination of Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, his body was carried by a funeral train from New York City to Washington, D.C. for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Just two months after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and five years after President John F. Kennedy’s death, Robert Kennedy’s passing united diverse communities grieving the loss of a politician who had represented hope for much of the nation during a tumultuous decade.
In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of his death, "The Train: RFK’s Last Journey" looks at this historical journey through three distinct artists’ projects shown together for the first time. Magnum photojournalist Paul Fusco, Dutch photographer Rein Jelle Terpstra and French contemporary artist Philippe Parreno created their own projects which together make up a larger narrative about Robert F. Kennedy's funeral train.
"This multidisciplinary exhibition shows how art can inform and expand our understanding of history through photographs, videos and documents from different points of view," said Clément Chéroux, senior curator of photography at SFMOMA. "By bringing historical and contemporary works together in dialogue, we aim to demonstrate a fresh approach to photography at SFMOMA."
The second work presented at "The Train: RFK's Last Journey" features photographs and home movies made by the spectators along the train route. These personal snapshots and testimonies were collected by Rein Jelle Terpstra for his project "The People’s View". Fascinated by Fusco’s photographs, Terpstra retraced the journey of the train, knocking on doors and using Facebook to reach out to the people who had been alongside the tracks that day. On display for the first time, "The People’s View" captures this important historical event from the reverse perspective of eyewitnesses mourning Robert F. Kennedy.
SFMOMA is dedicated to making the art for our time a vital and meaningful part of public life. Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, a thoroughly transformed SFMOMA, with triple the gallery space, an enhanced education center and new free public galleries, opened to the public on May 14, 2016. In its inaugural year, the expanded museum welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors.
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