Dallas exhibit reunites art JFK saw before death

May 22, 2013 • Entertainment

Curator Olivier Meslay speaks at the entrance of the exhibit “Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy,” during a press preview at the Dallas Museum of Art Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Dallas. The exhibit reunites 14 of the 16 works that were placed in Suite 850 for the Kennedys’ one-night stay in Fort Worth and includes photos of the suite before and after the artwork was placed there, video footage of the room being prepared for the Kennedys and historical artifacts from the visit, including a sign welcoming the Kennedys to Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

DALLAS (AP) — Artist Jack Zajac said learning earlier this year that his bronze sculpture was among the last works of art ever seen by President John F. Kennedy left him feeling “reverential.”

Zajac’s small sculpture of a bound goat was among a collection of impressive artwork that decorated the president’s Fort Worth hotel suite in hopes of creating something special for the first couple’s overnight stay.

Only hours after checking out from the art-filled room that included pieces by Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh, Kennedy would be assassinated in downtown Dallas.

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