“The Problem We All Live With,” Norman Rockwell, 1963 Oil on canvas, 36″ x 58″ Illustration for “Look,” January 14, 1964 Licensed by Norman Rockwell Licensing, Niles, IL. From the permanent collection of Norman Rockwell Museum.

Don’t miss your last chance to view some of Norman Rockwell’s most iconic images before they head back out on the road as part of an ongoing national tour. Drawn from the permanent collection of Norman Rockwell Museum, American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell looks at the life and career of the beloved illustrator and his unparalleled role as a visual
storyteller; such classic paintings as No Swimming, Going and Coming, The Art Critic, and The Problem We All Live With will be on view at the Norman Rockwell Museum through Columbus Day, October 11, before opening at The North Carolina Museum of Art on November 6, 2010.

Throughout his career, Norman Rockwell chronicled many of the most important events of the 20th century. November 14, 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of one such historical occasion, when six year old Ruby Bridges became the first African American child to desegregate an elementary school in the South. Inspired by Bridges’ story, Rockwell went on to illustrate the event
in a powerful painting depicting a young girl being escorted to school by
four U.S. marshals, amidst intense visual signs of fear and resistance. A
long-time supporter of civil rights, The Problem We All Live With ushered in a new era in Rockwell’s career, where he directly tackled more social and political themes while retaining his usual optimistic outlook on American society.

Learn more about Ruby Bridges’ remarkable story at her website: https://rubybridgesasingh.weebly.com/ruby-bridges-foundation.html

Learn more about American Chronicles on the Museum’s traveling exhibitions page: https://www.nrm.org/category/traveling-exhibitions/

Visit Norman Rockwell Museum’s online store for related books:

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell exhibition catalogue
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles