Paul Fusco, Untitled, from the series RFK Funeral Train, 1968, printed 2008 (detail); © Magnum Photos, courtesy Danziger Gallery
Exhibitions

The Train

RFK’s Last Journey

March 17–June 10, 2018

Floor 3

On June 8, 1968, three days after the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, his body was carried by a funeral train from New York City to Washington, D.C., for burial at Arlington Cemetery. The Train looks at this historical event through three distinct works. The first is a group of color photographs by commissioned photographer Paul Fusco. Taken from the funeral train, the images capture mourners who lined the railway tracks to pay their final respects. Looking from the opposite perspective, the second work features photographs and home movies by the spectators themselves, collected by Dutch artist Rein Jelle Terpstra in his project The People’s View (2014–18). The third, a work by French artist Philippe Parreno, is a 70mm film reenactment of the funeral train’s journey, inspired by Fusco’s original photographs. Bringing historical and contemporary works together in dialogue, this powerful, multidisciplinary exhibition sheds new light on this pivotal moment in American history.

Generous support for The Train: RFK’s Last Journey is provided by Nion McEvoy and Wes and Kate Mitchell. Additional support provided by Lynn Kirshbaum.

Header image: Paul Fusco, Untitled, from the series RFK Funeral Train, 1968, printed 2008 (detail); © Magnum Photos, courtesy Danziger Gallery

Exhibition Preview

  • Three blurry figures look up toward the camer, two hold a banner that reads, "So-long Bobby"

    Paul Fusco, Untitled, from the series RFK Funeral Train, 1968, printed 2008; © Magnum Photos, courtesy Danziger Gallery

  • A group of people standing along a train track holding signs that say, "RFK We Love You" and and American flag

    Paul Fusco, Untitled, from the series RFK Funeral Train, 1968, printed 2008; © Magnum Photos, courtesy Danziger Gallery

  • A large group of people standing on a grassy median in a city waving toward the camera

    Paul Fusco, Untitled, from the series RFK Funeral Train, 1968, printed 2008; © Magnum Photos, courtesy Danziger Gallery

  • A faded square photograph of a group of black and white children and adolescents, seen from behind and in profile, watching a large train pass by from the train tracks

    Annie Ingram, Elkton, Maryland, 1968; from Rein Jelle Terpstra’s The People’s View (2014–18); courtesy Melinda Watson

  • A sitting girl in a motor boat surrounded by blue water

    Philippe Parreno, June 8, 1968, 2009 (still); © Philippe Parreno, courtesy LUMA Foundation, Anna Lena Films, Paris