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Paul Plunket: The Grassy Knoll – Dealey Plaza
February 17 – March 30, 2014

Paul Plunket’s series, The Grassy Knoll - Dealey Plaza, documents visitors trying to understand what exactly happened when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Since 2007, Plunket has photographed these tourists, with the Texas School Book Depository, the Triple Overpass, the Red Courthouse and of course, the Grassy Knoll, as a background. Using his Leica M9 and street photography sensibilities, Plunket captures visitors “walk to the middle of Elm Street to stand on the ‘X’ that marks where the bullet hit the President, point to the window on the sixth floor of the School Book Depository to calculate the difficulty of rifle shots, and stand behind the picket fence atop the Grassy Knoll to measure the likelihood that a second gunman could escape undetected.” In seeing The Grassy Knoll – Dealey Plaza, the viewer is challenged not to look at every possible conspiracy theory about what took place on November 22, 1963, but to examine the reactions of people in the photographs, and their own, to that significant day in history.

Paul Plunket holds a law degree from the University of Houston. He is a professional freelance photographer, and has taught photography for continuing education in Houston.

Exhibitions and visiting speakers programs at the School of Art are supported by generous grants from the Helen Jones Foundation and The CH Foundation, both of Lubbock.  Additional support comes from Cultural Activities Fees administered through the College of Visual & Performing Arts.