Gallery view by Robert Wedemeyer. Left to right: Roy Lichtenstein, Gun in America, 1968. Mechanicals I–IV and print. Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Gift of Time magazine; Roy Lichtenstein, Robert F. Kennedy, 1968. Print, color separation on acetate. Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine. All artwork © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.

Words and Ideas

Pop for the People—Expert Insights

Wednesday, January 11, 2:00 p.m.

About the Program

Uncover the history behind two 1968 Time magazine covers, Robert F. Kennedy and Gun in America, on view in Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A.

Created at the same time, the two covers were never intended to be seen as a pair, but the assassination of Kennedy conspired to bring them together as a diptych of an American tragedy. Join Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, to discuss this historical moment and how portraiture—and the artists who create it—can often provide an unsettling omen for the future.