Flashbulb Memory

Installation view of the special exhibition, November 22, 1963: Image, Memory, Myth

The exhibition November 22, 1963: Image, Memory, Myth, featured multiple ways for visitors to interact with the historical information and artworks created around the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The Andy Warhol Museum invited community members of diverse ages and backgrounds  to reflect on their experiences and knowledge of John F. Kennedy and his assassination. Visitors were also asked to reflect on other experiences of their time in which they experienced a remarkably vivid and seemingly permanent memory attached to a major public event, otherwise known as a "flashbulb memory".

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Flash-November 22, 1963, 1968 (compliation of 4 prints from series)screen print on paper, 20 15/16 x 20 15/16 in. (53.2 x 53.2 cm.) each. The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

The Artwork

Andy Warhol presented Flash-November 22, 1963 in 1968 as an artist's book five years after JFK's assassination. Each of the eleven screen-printed images in this portfolio was originally placed in a folder printed with text written by Philip Greer. Both the images and the text are presented here.

 View the Images

Visitor listens to flashbulb memories about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Audio Points of View

A diverse range of community members we chosen to share their memories or ideas on the JFK assassination to be exhibited in audio stations in the museum galleries. The following selection of audio clips showcases these points of view divided into 2 categories: those who were alive during the assassination and those who were not.

Flashbulb Memories Audio Interviews by warholmuseum