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These activities focus on works of art in the Whitney’s collection and special exhibitions. Through discussion, research, art making, and writing activities, we hope to encourage close looking, foster conversation between students, and connect artwork to classroom learning. Learn about our four artist-centered themes.

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Examine the use of images in the media.

Andy Warhol created Nine Jackies after the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The work uses three images, each depicted three times, of Kennedy’s wife, Jackie. Taken from Life magazine, the images depict (from top to bottom) Jackie smiling in the limousine before the assassination; her grieving during Kennedy’s funeral; and her stunned expression during the swearing-in ceremony for Lyndon B. Johnson after the President’s death.

Warhol was very interested in how the mass media produced and distributed images. Ask your students to think about a significant event in recent history. What images were used to depict the event? How were these images used in the media? Did the images tell a story or describe a certain emotion?

Andy Warhol, Nine Jackies, 1964  2002.273  On view For Teachers