Happy Birthday Norman Rockwell! America’s favorite illustrator was born 120 years ago today. To celebrate, this week our curatorial staff will be posting some fun birthday cards that Rockwell received throughout his career from some of his youngest fans.
Later in life, Norman Rockwell would say that he just wanted to break out and do something important. Unbeknownst to him, Rockwell had already done something very important in the living legacy of the hundreds of black students whose only access to art instruction was and still is the studying and copying of his work. Many would say that Norman Rockwell gave them their careers and their livelihoods. Robin Jordan affirms that, for her, the gift was even greater: “Norman Rockwell saved my life.”
Norman Rockwell Museum will present an afternoon tea and talk with author Jane Allen Petrick, author of “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell’s America,” on Saturday, January 18, starting at 2 p.m. Ms. Petrick’s book explores in-depth, for the first time, the stories of Asian, African, and Native Americans who modeled for and appeared in Rockwell’s artwork. The author will discuss her intensive research, partially conducted at Norman Rockwell Museum, that has made her publication possible.
Happy New Year from Norman Rockwell Museum. We start 2014 with an exciting list of exhibitions and programs for the whole family, including “Dance,” a family day inspired by the art of Ruth Sanderson (January 11); a lecture by Jane Allen Petrick, author of “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell’s America” (January 18); and a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 20. Programs are free with regular Museum admission.
Celebrate the season at Norman Rockwell Museum. Join us during school vacation week, December 23 through 28, and learn about the art of the picture book. On select days, visitors will also have a chance to meet artists Wendell Minor and Ruth Sanderson, and get their photo with a prince and princess. The Museum will be closed Christmas Day, but we wish you and your family a very joyous holiday.