This week the United Nations rededicated a large mosaic of Norman Rockwell’s “Golden Rule,” which hangs in their New York City Headquarters. Read more about the development on Norman Rockwell’s iconic 1961 painting, which is part of the permanent collection of Norman Rockwell Museum.
Norman Rockwell Museum presents the world’s largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art, including beloved paintings from The Saturday Evening Post and the Four Freedoms, and the best in the field of American illustration. Experience Rockwell’s art, life and legacy in the artist’s picturesque New England hometown of Stockbridge, Massachusetts nestled in the culturally rich Berkshires.
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’s Four Freedoms Forum series returns on Thursday, January 23, at 5:30 p.m., with a look at divisions in American politics, and how to get past the impasse. Featured speakers will include James A. Arpante, Professor of Business, History and Government at Berkshire Community College; Jim Bronson, Chairman of the Berkshire County Republican Association; Dr. Alan Chartock, President and CEO of WAMC Northeast Public Radio; and Sheila Murray, Chairwoman for The Berkshire Brigades. Community conversation at the Four Freedoms Forums is free and open to the public.
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.