Recently, we enjoyed the pleasure of a visit from Dr. Susan Birns and the bright, inquisitive Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) students in her American Family class. The group joined Curator of Education Tom Daly, Dr. Birns, and I in conversation about the power of published art in mid twentieth century America, and the messages about established gender roles in family life as reflected in the illustration art of the era. After their visit, the class was presented with a print of Norman Rockwell’s 1955 Saturday Evening Post cover, Marriage License, as well as an assignment from Dr. Birns, who invited them to analyze the piece within the context of their studies. We appreciate the opportunity to showcase the astute observations of six of Dr. Birns students, including Marissa Mahoney, Stephanie Esposito, Amanda Burnham, Samantha Burke, and Julia Ashton, and we know you will enjoy them too.
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.
March 10 through May 28, 2012
Highly-regarded as a prominent American portraitist, Everett Raymond Kinstler began his career as a comic book artist and illustrator working for the popular publications of his day. The artist’s original illustrations and portraits of noted celebrities—from John Wayne, Katherine Hepburn, Tony Bennett, and Tom Wolfe to artists James Montgomery Flagg, Alexander Calder, and Will Barnett will be on view in a lively installation that explores the process of capturing likenesses of his subjects for posterity.
Aunt Ella Takes a Trip Story illustration for Ladies’ Home Journal, April 1942 Norman Rockwell (1894 – 1978) Curtis Publishing Company Oil on canvas “Aunt Ella was beautiful in my eyes. Not too tall, and a lovely plump front,” read the caption with this Norman Rockwell illustration in Ladies’ Home Journal. Aunt Ella’s niece, Liz’beth, […]
It has been a busy week for Rockwell Center Fellow S. Jaleen Grove. Following the New York opening of a new exhibition on the art of Canadian illustrator Oscar Cahén, she will return to the Museum on Sunday, October 2, to present the lecture “Sex, Booze, and All That Jazz: The Humorous Illustrations of Russell Patterson.”
The artist’s art deco style illustrations helped promote the idea of the 1920s and 1930s fashion style known as the flapper. According to Grove, the Patterson Girl “paradoxically symbolized both the excess and the containment of female sexuality in popular culture” during the Jazz Age.”
Illustrator David Macaulay was honored as Norman Rockwell Museum’s 2011-2012 Artist Laureate during a special awards ceremony held at the Museum on Saturday, September 24.
The artist provided a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of some of his most recent work, including The Way We Work and Built To Last. Original artwork from these books, along with his recent cover for The New Yorker, are currently on view at Norman Rockwell Museum.