Stockbridge, MA, June 20, 2012—Norman Rockwell Museum’s Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies will present “Becoming an Artist: John Sloan, the Ashcan School, and Popular Illustration,” a lecture to be held at Norman Rockwell Museum, on Saturday, June 23, starting at 5:30 p.m. Join 2011 Rockwell Center Fellow Michael Lobel, Ph.D., for a look at the art of John Sloan, whose narrative artworks inspired by urban life in the early twentieth century serve as allegories that comment upon art itself. A reception and refreshments will follow the program. Admission to the talk costs $10; free to Museum members.
Dr. Michael Lobel is Associate Professor of Art History in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism, and Theory in the School of Humanities at Purchase College, State University of New York. Dr. Lobel was awarded the Rockwell Center’s Fellowship Award for a 2011 senior scholar recipient, and his research is reflected in the subject of his talk. His publications include two books, “Image Duplicator: Roy Lichtenstein and the Emergence of Pop Art” (Yale University Press, 2002) and “James Rosenquist: Pop Art, Politics and History in the 1960s” (University of California Press, 2009), as well as exhibition catalog essays and articles in such publications as “Art Journal,” “Artforum,” “Parkett,” and “Art Bulletin.” His curatorial projects include a 2007 exhibition for the Neuberger Museum of Art, “Fugitive Artist: The Early Work of Richard Prince, 1974-77.” While most of his scholarly research has been on postwar and contemporary art, he recently completed a book manuscript on the early twentieth-century American artist John Sloan, which focuses on Sloan’s engagement with the field of popular illustration.
About The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies
The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum is the nation’s first research institute dedicated to the integrative study of American illustration and its impact in our world. The Rockwell Center’s goal is to enhance and support scholarship relating to this significant public art form, exploring the power of published images and their integral role in society, culture, and history, and the world of art― from the emergence of printed mass media in the mid-nineteenth century to the innovations of digital media today.
The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies is comprised of several distinct programs designed to advance scholarship and access relating to this influential but understudied aspect of American visual culture. Rockwell Center programs include:
Rockwell Scholars Program
The Rockwell Center awards annual fellowships promoting the scholarly study of American illustration art to advance understanding of the role of published images in shaping and reflecting American culture.
ProjectNORMAN (New Online Rockwell Media Art & Archive Network)
A multi-year online publishing project that provides access to thousands of
artworks and objects relating to the art of illustration, ProjectNORMAN makes art and archival materials broadly available to researchers, curators, students and general public.
Illustration Partnership Network
The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies provides direct online access to collections and partner institutions nationwide that collect and interpret significant collections of original illustration art.
Programs, Workshops, and Symposia
A year-round program of public lectures, workshops, and symposia presented by
the Rockwell Center provides engaging, thought-provoking programmatic opportunities for diverse audiences.
Distinguished Illustrator Exhibitions
Distinguished Illustrator exhibitions honor the unique contributions of outstanding contemporary visual communicators and reflect the impact and evolution of Norman Rockwell’s beloved profession through vibrant installations exploring a diverse and ever-changing field.