Past Exhibition

The Train: RFK’s Last Journey in San Francisco

Paul Fusco's seminal series detailing a nation in mourning will be exhibited in San Francisco

Paul Fusco

Paul Fusco Robert Kennedy funeral train. USA. 1968. . © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos

Magnum photographer Paul Fusco’s photographs taken in the wake of Robert F. Kennedy’s death will be exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as part of an exhibition titled “The Train: RFK’s Last Journey”.

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 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, the multidisciplinary exhibition aims to shed new light on a pivotal moment in American history.

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