What does this list of painters have to do with presidential inaugurations? It was drafted for President-elect John F. Kennedy as a sort of guest list to his inaugural ceremony. Take a look and see if you recognize all the names from one man’s take on the best and brightest in the world of art 1960/61. To read more about Kennedy’s program for the arts, see our oral history interview with August Hecksher, who served as Special Consultant on the Arts under Kennedy.
Robert Richman draft telegram and list of notable Americans in the arts and sciences for President-elect John F. Kennedy, 1960 or 1961. Institute of Contemporary Arts records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.