Kennedy Caisson

  • Marshall B. Fleming, Kennedy Caisson, ca. 1964-1990, carved and painted wood, leather, wire, metal, printed paper, paperboard, cloth, pen, and pencil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and Marshall B. Fleming and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.305A-D

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Marshall B. Fleming saw John F. Kennedy’s funeral on television  and wanted to commemorate the event. He also wanted to make a tribute to the other presidents who were assassinated---Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, and William McKinley. He based his design on a postcard of the funeral cortege and created the procession from painted wood, fabric, leather, and thread. Although the piece has somber associations, it was meant to celebrate Kennedy’s life and the lives of those who had died in office before him.

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“I have always admired President Kennedy. Upon seeing the funeral procession I thought I would like to make the caisson.” Letter from the artist, 1989

Title
Kennedy Caisson
Artist
Date
ca. 1964-1990
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
overall: 20 1/8 x 54 1/2 x 15 in. (51.2 x 138.4 x 38.1 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and Marshall B. Fleming and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and painted wood, leather, wire, metal, printed paper, paperboard, cloth, pen, and pencil
Classifications
Keywords
  • Ceremony – funeral
  • History – United States
  • Homage – Kennedy, John F.
  • Ceremony – procession
Object Number
1986.65.305A-D
Palette
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