Thursday, February 18, 2010

RFK Funeral Train Rediscovered @ Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach

I highly, highly recommend visiting this exhibition if you are in Palm Beach between now and May 2nd - in fact, if you're not, take a trip down. I plan to! I ordered this book for the Olin Library last year, so you can preview the work beforehand if you like.

More information on the exhibition is below.

Above Image: Copyright Fusco/Magnum Photos

Paul Fusco: RFK Funeral Train Rediscovered
Organized by the Norton Museum of Art
February 13 - May 2, 2010

On June 5th, 1968, Robert Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles as he campaigned for the presidential nomination. Kennedy's body was flown to New York City for a memorial service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and then carried by train from New York to Washington D.C. for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Hundreds of thousands of mourners lined the railway tracks to pay their final respects to Kennedy. On board the train was Magnum photographer Paul Fusco, on assignment for LOOK Magazine. From inside the train, Fusco took some 2000 pictures of the mourners—black, white, rich, poor, in large groups and on their own. The resulting images are one of the most powerful and affecting series of photographs ever taken. This commemorative edition of 20 images was printed in 2008 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination.

Click HERE to access the museum website.

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