The Art of Norman Rockwell
November 7, 2010–January 30, 2011
Norman Rockwell, Triple Self-Portrait, 1959, oil on canvas, 44 1/2 x 34 1/3 in., cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 13, 1960, Norman Rockwell Art Collection Trust, NRACT.1973.19, © 1960 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, Ind. More images fear want speech worship girl going critic murder problem
American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell traces the evolution of Rockwell’s art and iconography throughout his career—from carefully choreographed reflections on childhood innocence in such paintings as Day in the Life of a Little Girl (1952) to powerful, consciousness-raising images for Look in the 1960s, documenting the traumatic realities of desegregation in the South. Rockwell’s artistic contributions and the impact of his images on American popular culture are explored within the context of his life and times through in-depth exhibition commentary, a decade-by-decade installation of 40 original works of art, and a complete set of 323 Saturday Evening Post cover tear sheets, spanning 47 years. The exhibition travels to 12 national venues through 2013.
The nation’s premier illustrator for more than six decades, Norman Rockwell (1894–1978) was the people’s painter, depicting scenes from American life for the covers and pages of the most prominent publications. Rockwell is most recognized for his illustrations featured on the covers of The Saturday Evening Post from 1916 to 1963. This important exhibition will offer a multidimensional view of America across the 20th century, as seen through Rockwell’s narrative images, which continue to have a singular impact today.
As the first major exhibition in the Museum’s Center for Special Exhibitions, American Chronicles brings the art of America’s most recognized illustrator to North Carolina. Transcending generations, this exhibition provides the opportunity for all visitors, young and old, to discover and rediscover Rockwell’s reflections of 20th-century America.
Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. The exhibition has been made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Masterpieces Program. Publication support has been provided by the Henry Luce Foundation. Media sponsorship has been provided by the Curtis Publishing Company and by the Norman Rockwell Estate Licensing Company. Conservation support has been provided by the Stockman Family Foundation. In Raleigh the presenting sponsor is Duke Energy, and the supporting sponsors are Quintiles and ABC11 Eyewitness News. This exhibition is also made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.