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Norman Rockwell Global Citizen: Painting “The Big Idea”

Press Release – June 30, 2015

We The Peoples: Norman Rockwell's United Nations We The Peoples: Norman Rockwell’s United Nations

With war raging around the globe, in 1941 when Norman Rockwell responded to the United States government’s call to artists to depict President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedom ideals, he turned to the subject matter he knew best: ordinary people. The resulting images became some of the most […]

Norman Rockwell Global Citizen: Painting “The Big Idea”2017-09-07T16:34:54+00:00

Remembering Jane Fitzpatrick [1923 – 2013]

Jane Pratt Fitzpatrick, early founding trustee of The Old Corner House and trustee emerita of Norman Rockwell Museum; beneficent civic leader to Stockbridge and all the Berkshires, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, November 9, 2013, just 9 days shy of her 90th birthday. Elegant, strong, smart and generous, Jane was a force of good in the world.

Remembering Jane Fitzpatrick [1923 – 2013]2017-03-01T11:39:27+00:00

Art Students at Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts

Addis Ababa University is located in the heart of the city off the main boulevard in the former palace of Emperor Haile Selassie. Students roam the campus with backpacks in an assortment of universal student attire from the uniform blue jeans and tee-shirts to traditional Ethiopian dress of infinite color and variety.

With limited dormitory space, students who live in Addis must commute to make room for students coming from remote regions, but new dormitories are […]

Art Students at Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts2017-03-01T11:40:47+00:00

The Four Freedoms in Ethiopia

The State Department of the United States of America is actively using cultural diplomacy as a strategy for building bridges with cultures and nations around the world. Ambassador Donald Booth and his wife, retired foreign service officer, Anita Booth, live in a home called Roosevelt House and learned that 2011 was the 70th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms. This inspired the idea to hold an art competition for Ethiopian Artists to render their interpretations of the Four Freedoms today in Ethiopia.

The Four Freedoms in Ethiopia2017-03-01T11:40:48+00:00

Ardent Arts Leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

This morning I gave a talk to arts professional of Addis Ababa. About 50 museum directors and curators, theatre, music and other arts professionals and professors attended to participate in my workshop, "Sustaining Visual Arts organizations – Engaging Audiences, Resources and Professional Practice." They were interested in professional standards, in marketing and resource development. What became immediately apparent was they this was something of a first in all coming together as a community.

Ardent Arts Leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia2017-03-01T11:40:48+00:00

Art Can Change the World

Today was thrilling. This afternoon I presented my illustrated lecture, "Norman Rockwell: American Artist, Citizen of the World," to more than 125 of the Ethiopian artists who have submitted works to the Four Freedoms competition hosted by the US Embassy that invited artists to interpret the Four Freedoms from an Ethiopian perspective.

Art Can Change the World2017-03-01T11:40:49+00:00

Remembering Thomas P.F. Hoving

Thomas P. F. Hoving (1931-2009)

Today the brilliant, charming, flamboyant former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas Hoving, is remembered in New York City at his memorial service in the Temple of Dendur, not only for his theatrical antics but for profoundly and forever changing the way museums engage with objects and audiences through the blockbuster […]

Remembering Thomas P.F. Hoving2017-03-01T11:41:01+00:00

Arts and Advocacy

This week I was in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill, right on the heels of the Nation’s historic health care vote. The Cherry Blossoms were in bloom and spring was in the air. Democracy was in action, free speech was exercised, sometimes in ways unbecoming of a civilized nation, and people from all across the country were on Capitol Hill to express their views about issues they feel passionate.

Arts and Advocacy2017-03-01T11:41:01+00:00

Growing an Art Museum

IN MEMORIAM – Henry H. Williams, Jr. 1923-2010 It takes a community and a few visionary leaders to grow an art museum. Great art museums grow from visionary founders. Norman Rockwell Museum is blessed to have had many, including Norman Rockwell himself, who established his Art Collection Trust and placed it in the custody of the Museum...

Growing an Art Museum2017-03-01T11:41:03+00:00

Cultural Exchange Working Group Concludes Successful First Meeting in Moscow. Norman Rockwell Museum Director/CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt represents American Museum Community in US/Russian Obama-Medvedev Commission.

US Embassy Moscow Closing Plenary Session. Under Secretary Judith McHale, Ambassador John Beyrle and Ambassador Mikhail Shvydkoy

The Bi-lateral Presidential Commission to Russia, in which I participated as a delegate representing the American museum community, wrapped up three days of meetings in Moscow at the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Russian Ministry of Culture, with a final plenary session held at the US […]

Cultural Exchange Working Group Concludes Successful First Meeting in Moscow. Norman Rockwell Museum Director/CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt represents American Museum Community in US/Russian Obama-Medvedev Commission.2017-03-01T11:41:16+00:00

US/Russian Bi-lateral Presidential Commission for Culture, Education, Sport and Mass Media

Moscow Ministry of Culture 09

I am feeling utterly privileged and thrilled to share with you the inspiring experience of serving as a delegate on behalf of America’s museums as a board member of the American Association of Museums on a United States State Department cultural exchange mission to advance the vision of US and Russian Presidents Obama and Medvedev to create […]

US/Russian Bi-lateral Presidential Commission for Culture, Education, Sport and Mass Media2017-03-01T11:41:17+00:00

Photography: An artist’s tool or travesty?

"While I sketched and Brad snapped, the Senator worked on me." Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) Charcoal on paper. Story illustration for "I Paint the Candidates," Look magazine, October 20, 1964. Norman Rockwell Licensing Company, Niles, IL.

Norman Rockwell’s working methods utilized photography as a tool to facilitate the composition, poses, speed and perspectives he achieved in his work. Controversial discussion continues about the long lineage of […]

Photography: An artist’s tool or travesty?2017-03-01T11:41:18+00:00

Honoring our Veterans

Norman Rockwell exhibitions garner widespread national press coverage

It’s been an exciting week for Norman Rockwell Museum. After opening Behind the Camera exhibition at the Museum last weekend I headed to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the opening of American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale.

Arriving on Veteran’s Day I was reunited with our Museum’s wonderful Portrait of A Coal Miner which commemorates the hard work of citizens in […]

Honoring our Veterans2017-03-01T11:41:20+00:00

Norman Rockwell Museum on the Road

Norman Rockwell Museum is spreading its reach to audiences around the nation. This week we open three exhibitions from north to south on the East coast. 

 

I was in Washington DC earlier in the week for the opening of the Museum’s exhibition David Macaulay: Building Books, the exhibition that has been touring the nation since its opening in Stockbridge five years ago. It is on view at the jewel of a gallery […]

Norman Rockwell Museum on the Road2009-11-06T12:51:27+00:00

Meet Corry Kanzenberg: Curator of Norman Rockwell Archive – The Face Behind the Research: ProjectNORMAN and The Norman Rockwell Archives

Laurie Norton Moffatt: How did the new book, Behind the Camera recently featured in Vanity Fair, come about?

Meet Corry Kanzenberg: Curator of Norman Rockwell Archive – The Face Behind the Research: ProjectNORMAN and The Norman Rockwell Archives2017-03-01T11:41:23+00:00

Indelible Memories – The Unknown Rockwell

One of the fascinating aspects of my work as director of Norman Rockwell Museum has been meeting the people who knew and loved Norman Rockwell. His life touched millions of viewers through his magazine covers and illustrated images, but he also touched indelibly the lives of the thousands of models he worked with over the years. Norman Rockwell Museum has been recording the stories of Rockwell’s models, years ago in audio tape, and in more […]

Indelible Memories – The Unknown Rockwell2017-03-01T11:41:26+00:00

Art and Conversation

Laurie is director/CEO of Norman Rockwell Museum

Art inspires us to feel deeply and express ourselves, and Norman Rockwell’s art invites community conversation. We see this in the Museum galleries where people congregate and talk about the pictures, reminisce stories, laugh and sometimes cry. Illustration art is a window into the world, our history, the events in our lives, and tells our stories. People […]

Art and Conversation2017-03-01T11:41:27+00:00

Museums are Community Partners

Today I visited the Department of Education in Washington, DC with a number of museum colleagues from across the country representing the education committee of the Association of Art Museum Directors. We were exploring the significant role museums play in the community as learning partners, not only for K-12 students, but for adult education, workforce development training, English as second language settings and communities of learners. The Council of Chief State School Officers has recently […]

Museums are Community Partners2017-03-01T11:41:29+00:00

Rockwell Museum names artist laureate – Berkshire Eagle Online

Monday, Sept. 28
STOCKBRIDGE — “She has a beautiful sense of line,” went the compliment, which is not your average, everyday compliment.

But Barbara Nessim is not your average, everyday artist. Nessim’s work has been shown in galleries from SoHo to Tokyo, and her illustrations have graced the covers of Rolling Stone, Time and The New York Times Magazine.

Nessim, a native New Yorker, is now making a big impression in the Berkshires, where she has […]

Rockwell Museum names artist laureate – Berkshire Eagle Online2017-03-01T11:41:30+00:00

Norman Rockwell Museum To Hold Book Release Celebration for The Unknown Rockwell: A Portrait of Two American Families on October 8

Stockbridge, MA, September 16, 2009— Norman Rockwell Museum is celebrating the release of a new memoir that offers a deeply personal view of Norman Rockwell, and brings vividly to life the place and people of rural New England in the 1940s. The Unknown Rockwell: A Portrait of Two American Families tells the story of the Edgerton and Rockwell families, next-door neighbors for 10 years in West Arlington, Vermont. Different in many respects—the Edgertons were […]

Norman Rockwell Museum To Hold Book Release Celebration for The Unknown Rockwell: A Portrait of Two American Families on October 82017-03-01T11:41:31+00:00