The reopening of Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge studio sets the stage for an exciting series of programs and events this May at Norman Rockwell Museum, including the second annual World Rhythms Community Day, an evening lecture with Vanity Fair contributing editor David Kamp, and the opening of a new exhibition on Norman Rockwell’s career with the Boy Scouts of America.
Norman Rockwell and the Boy Scouts of America
May 29 through November 27, 2010
In celebration of the 100-year anniversary of The Boy Scouts of America, this exhibition offers an insightful look at Norman Rockwell’s extensive body of work for The Boy Scouts- from his early career as art editor for Boys’ Life magazine, to his fifty-year commitment to creating the organization’s annual calendars. Learn about the artist’s association with The Boy Scouts through original tear sheets, personal mementos, and props.
Norman Rockwell: A Life in Art
Through June 20
Connect with Norman Rockwell through this in-depth exhibition featuring original artworks spanning the breadth of his career, and personal mementos and family photographs from the Norman Rockwell archives.
To Rockwell, With Love: Fan Mail and The Saturday Evening Post
Through May 16, 2010
Step back in time to explore Norman Rockwell’s imagery for The Saturday
Evening Post, which prompted an outpouring of reader reaction during the
artist’s forty-seven year tenure with the magazine. Shifting American values, reform and the New Deal, World War II and the rise of national identity, the Baby Boom and the growth of the middle class, and the politicization of the American populace are some of the themes that will be brought to life in this engaging and informative installation, which features archival fan correspondence and original Saturday Evening Post
Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera
Through May 31, 2010
Find a fascinating parallel universe to Norman Rockwell’s paintings in the meticulously composed photographs that informed his work. Based on the recently released book Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera and advances in the Museum’s ProjectNORMAN digitization project, the exhibition pairs Rockwell’s photographic references with original artwork to reveal, frame-by-frame, the creation of the artist’
s iconic paintings.
Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge Models:
A Norman Rockwell Museum Historic Preservation Project
Stockbridge Town Hall, Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Learn more about the faces behind the pictures in this off-site exhibition of photographs of Rockwell’s models posing for his paintings. Free admission. Open weekdays only.
World Rhythms Community Day
Sunday, May 2, 12 to 4 p.m.
Norman Rockwell’s 1960 painting Golden Rule provides the inspiration for an afternoon of family fun with an international flavor, featuring multicultural music; traditional kamishibai Japanese storytelling; ethnic displays; art-making opportunities; a display of classic 1960s cars; a Runaway-inspired diner; and the reopening of Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge studio. Kids 18 and under are free, adults free with regular Museum
International Museum Day
Tuesday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In celebration of International Museum Day, adults and seniors receive $5 off Museum admission; children 18 and under are free through Kids Free Every Day, a gift to families from Country Curtains, Blantyre, and The Red Lion Inn. Request this special one-day discount at the admission desk.
Norman Rockwell’s American Dream: An Evening with David Kamp
Join us in conversation with author David Kamp, contributing editor to
Vanity Fair, whose commentary on Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera appeared in the magazine’s November 2009 issue. $10, $7 Museum members, or free with Museum admission.
Workshops for Kids and Families
Kids Create! A Pre-School Art Program
Wednesday, May 26, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Interactive, hands-on gallery experiences for young art lovers and their caregivers. Kids $2, grownups free.
Programs for Adults and/or All Ages
Meet Rockwell’s Models!
Wednesday, May 5, 2:30 p.m.
Meet the models that inspired Norman Rockwell’
s beloved illustrations. Free with Museum admission.
Uncovering the Covers of the Post
Thursday, May 13, 12:30 p.m.
Chief Curator Stephanie Plunkett will offer a lively look at shifting trends in fashion, haberdashery, and furnishings of the 20th century through “Saturday Evening Post” imagery. Bring lunch, beverages and dessert are provided. $6, $4 for Museum members, or free with Museum admission.