November 23, 2013 – January 4, 2014
Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
November 22, 1963 shocked the world. How much it changed the character of Dallas is something we cannot measure. Soon after, we as a nation accepted the fact that our beloved President Kennedy was gone. The faith and promise of this adored figure ceased. And Dallas was no longer the same.
Art tackles tragedy often face-to-face, sometimes as an act of catharsis.
William’s photographs were taken in recent years, but some look as if they were photographed that fateful day. There is an “X” in the road marking the spot. A surreal image of a spring garden of pink tulips across from the Texas Schoolbook Depository sings of renewal. Another photograph reveals a small Parkland Emergency Room sign surrounded by an abstract field of colors. This ER sign may appear ordinary, but once you note it is Parkland Hospital, the pain hits.
This 50th anniversary may serve as a memorial to JFK, but Dallas may not want to be the center of attention once again. The public eye altered when the hit television show, Dallas, aired in the 1970’s. The world went back to thinking of Dallas as a city of ranches with cattle and oil. The dream of being a cowboy replaced the mournful scars.
Today, planes in the sky evoke many thoughts and memories, of course most recently September 11th. But in the context of this show we think of our President leaving Love Field, leaving a deep wound in our hearts and our city of Dallas.
“President Kennedy left Love Field twice on November 22, 1963. This work serves as a road map of memory, loss, progress and remembrance.” –William Greiner
A selection of Greiner's collage works will also be included in this exhibition.
Facing School Book Depository (Tulips), Houston Street, Dallas, TX 2013