The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, July 2, 2016


Jimmy Carter Museum Opens in Atlanta After Overhaul
Jay Hakes, director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, demonstrates a new interactive exhibit Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2009 at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta. The museum is scheduled to reopen Sept. 30 after a $10 million redesign. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
ATLANTA, GA (AP).- The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum reopened on the former president's 85th birthday after an overhaul that devotes more space than any other presidential library to a commander-in-chief's work after the White House.

Carter beamed Thursday as he spoke to hundreds at the opening ceremony, saying: "There's no way any of you can imagine the emotions that fill my heart and my mind in this moment."

About a third of the Atlanta museum explores the Georgia Democrat's life after he was defeated by Ronald Reagan. It includes dozens of photos and videos detailing his efforts to eradicate disease, resolve conflicts and monitor elections.

As if to remind visitors of the impact of his work since leaving the White House, the exhibit ends by featuring the Nobel Peace Prize and other humanitarian awards that Carter has received for his work in and out of the Oval Office.

The museum was closed in late April. The $10 million project, which took about five months to complete, is the first major update to the museum since it was built 23 years ago. Attendance had fallen about 50 percent in the last five years as newer Atlanta attractions, such as the Georgia Aquarium, drew in more tourists and students, said Jay Hakes, the library and museum's director.

Hakes points to two "awe factors" in the updated museum that he hopes will command people's attention.

The first is an interactive exhibit with six towering high-resolution video screens giving visitors a behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of a president.

It focuses on a busy day — December 11, 1978 — that starts with Carter receiving a wake-up call at 5:30 a.m. and follows him as he grapples with the aftermath of a Middle East peace deal, the teetering regime of a U.S. ally in Iran and efforts to normalize relations with China.

"The major lesson is that the president is juggling a lot of balls in a day," said Hakes. "And a lot of the things he was struggling with then, we are still struggling with today."

The second comes later, in the section on Carter's work beyond Washington. It's a smooth touch-screen video table dotted with interactives that take visitors to countries where Carter and staff at the nonprofit Carter Center have worked. They can learn more about the mission and meet some of the people the Carter Center has helped.

The museum tour starts with exhibits on Carter's childhood in segregated southwest Georgia and a model of a nuclear submarine where the president once worked as a young naval officer. It then tracks his political career, first as a state senator, then as governor and finally as president.

The White House section includes a full-scale replica of the Oval Office — one of the few exhibits from the old museum that's largely untouched — and an exhibit depicting Camp David, where Carter's "cabin diplomacy" helped broker a peace deal between Egypt and Israel. Some 27 million pages of documents from Carter's term sit behind a glass wall in a nearby rotunda.

Hakes said he sought to present Carter's term, warts and all. One area tackles his final year in office, with an exhibit on rising inflation rates, the Iran hostage crisis and other foreign and domestic issues that contributed to his defeat.

Carter said he hopes the challenges and triumphs that he and his wife Rosalynn have faced will inspire visitors to do more to help others.

"We want the visitors who come here to have an exciting and challenging opportunity to learn more about our nation and our world," he said. "It also shows how our lives have been tied into the most momentous things on Earth and every single visitor who comes here will have the same feeling: 'My life can be meaningful.'"

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.


Jimmy Carter Library and Museum | White House | Nobel Peace Prize | Oval Office |




Today's News

October 2, 2009

Innovation Illuminates Meyerhoff Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art

Kunsthaus Zürich Presents Work by One of the Fathers of Modern Art, Georges Seurat

Disney Museum Opens Honoring Man Behind the Mouse

After More than 20 Years Rothko's 'Seagram Murals' Return to Tate Liverpool

The Freer Gallery of Art Acquires Renowned Object of Japanese Tea Culture

Tate Modern Temporarily Shuts Richard Prince Exhibition

Fashion Museum in Antwerp Celebrates Belgian Luxury Goods House Delvaux

Exhibition of Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television Opens

Federal Authorities Recover Counterfeit Copy of Wyeth Watercolor

Important German Cabinet Leads Christie's Sale of Furniture, Sculpture and Works of Art

Jimmy Carter Museum Opens in Atlanta After Overhaul

Diana: A Celebration Exhibition Hosted by the National Constitution Center

Smithsonian to Show Paintings by Norman Rockwell from Lucas and Spielberg Collections

Before Lucy Came Ardi, New Earliest Hominid Found

Bowers Museum Presents Major Retrospective by Latin American Artist Fernando Botero

Fall Exhibitions Focus on the City at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

Valencian Institute of Modern Art Features Exhibition of Works by Alberto Bañuelos

Martin Gropius Bau Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Futurism with Exhibition

Group Show in a Large, Pop-Up Gallery Space to Open in London

Brazil Architect Niemeyer Undergoes Tumor Removal

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Newly discovered Van Gogh sketchbook to be published

2.- Portraits of the Duchess of Cambridge from British Vogue centenary issue acquired by National Portrait Gallery

3.- Foam presents spectacular exhibition of work by Helmut Newton

4.- After 30 years "hidden in plain sight," still life painting is identified as a Gauguin; artwork is highlight of sale

5.- Smithsonian releases Learning Lab for everyone to use museum resources

6.- Angst and deep pockets show state of art market in 47th edition of Art Basel

7.- Christo exhibition falls victim to own success

8.- Sotheby's London Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale totals $151.9 million

9.- The National Gallery explores great paintings from a unique perspective

10.- Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum explores Caravaggio and the painters of the north



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemariasound.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful