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Norman Rockwell Museum Presents “Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi”

The Norman Rockwell Museum announces Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi, an exhibition of works by the #1 New York Times bestselling author/illustrator that will be on view at the Museum from November 11, 2017 through May 28, 2018.

Norman Rockwell Museum Presents “Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi” 2017-11-28T16:40:03+00:00

Election Weary? Norman Rockwell Museum offers Post-Election Recovery Day featuring special programs to soothe the soul

Weary of the 24-hour cycle of election coverage? Are you experiencing opposing views among friends and family? Have you thought about how you will feel and behave if your candidate does not win the election? Norman Rockwell Museum is offering respite.

Election Weary? Norman Rockwell Museum offers Post-Election Recovery Day featuring special programs to soothe the soul 2017-03-01T11:37:36+00:00

Saturday Morning Cartoons – Social Media Sweepstakes

Post a picture, meme, video, or even an audio clip of your favorite Saturday morning cartoon memory to your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram page with the hashtag #saturdaymorningcartoonsNRM between Monday, October 24, 2016 through April 30, 2017 11:59 p.m. to enter the Norman Rockwell Museum’s Saturday Morning Cartoons Sweepstakes.

Saturday Morning Cartoons – Social Media Sweepstakes 2017-03-01T11:37:39+00:00

Event Added: Illustrated Propaganda Posters of World War I – A Special Art Talk by Illustrator Dennis Dittrich

Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 2PM.

Illustrator Dennis Dittrich will discuss the powerful propaganda posters of World War I, including imagery circulated by both the Allied and Central Powers. Stylistic approaches to graphic communication will be explored, as will the influence of these materials on the German propaganda campaign of the era.

Event Added: Illustrated Propaganda Posters of World War I – A Special Art Talk by Illustrator Dennis Dittrich 2017-03-01T11:37:39+00:00

Four Freedoms Forum

FOUR FREEDOMS FORUM

About the Four Freedoms Forums

This series of Town Hall conversations inspired by Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings will explore aspects of our democracy in a rapidly changing and increasingly global world. Noted commentators will offer observations and inspire community discourse, with a reception to follow.

Free to all.

 Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms

In his January 1941 address to Congress, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt articulated his vision for a postwar world founded on four basic […]

Four Freedoms Forum 2017-08-31T16:40:58+00:00

Curriculum (Grades 6-12): Making Positive Change

Build writing skills, media literacy, and civic responsibility as you explore ways that Jerry Pinkney helped to diversify children’s literature.

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Goals:

  • Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
  • Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Curriculum (Grades 6-12): Making Positive Change 2017-03-01T11:38:05+00:00

The Jungle Book (1995)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

The Jungle Book (1995)

Tales of young children raised by wolves date back to the legend of Romulus and Remus, the twins who founded Rome. However, none have captivated imaginations as completely as Rudyard Kipling’s stories of young Mowgli and the loyal animals who protect him from harm. First published in 1894, the collection of stories originally featured illustrations by […]

The Jungle Book (1995) 2017-03-01T11:38:06+00:00

These 13 (1979)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

These 13 (1979)

Music Credit: 
Appalachia Waltz
Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer & Mark O’Connor
Album: Appalachia Waltz
Written By: Mark O’Connor – arr:Meyer

First published in 1931, These 13 by William Faulkner was the author’s first mass-release short story collection. It includes many of Faulkner’s most acclaimed and frequently anthologized short stories. After immersing himself in Faulkner’s narratives, Pinkney provided eye-catching illustrations for […]

These 13 (1979) 2017-03-01T11:38:07+00:00

The Covenant (1980)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

The Covenant (1980)

Music Credit: 
Remember Me
Lucky Dube
Album: Prisoner 
Written By: Richard Siluma

Though he knew it to be an important literary work, Jerry Pinkney had not read The Covenant until he was commissioned to illustrate it. Excited by the prospect, he absorbed the text slowly to gather detailed information that would be useful for his drawings. His artworks for the […]

The Covenant (1980) 2017-03-01T11:38:07+00:00

Gulliver’s Travels (1974)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

Gulliver’s Travels (1974)

Music Credit: 
He Ran All the Way
Bobby McFerrin
Album: Medicine Music
Written By: Bobby McFerrin

Limited edition releases by The Franklin Library, the nation’s largest distributor of classic books designed for the collector’s market, featured Jerry Pinkney’s work in the late 1970s by aligning his art with texts by acknowledged literary giants. Gulliver’s Travels, a full-length satirical work […]

Gulliver’s Travels (1974) 2017-03-01T11:38:07+00:00

The Talking Eggs (1989)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

The Talking Eggs (1989)

An adaptation of a Creole folktale, The Talking Eggs tells the story of a sweet young heroine who labors in service to her lazy mother and sister until her kindness to an old woman propels her into a miraculous world. Among the magical treasures she discovers there are dancing animals, two-headed cows, and talking eggs that cry out […]

The Talking Eggs (1989) 2017-03-01T11:38:07+00:00

Rikki Tikki Tavi (1997)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

Rikki Tikki Tavi (1997)

Carefully observed, animal behavior and the distinct creature characteristics are reflected in Pinkney’s images for Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, which feature Nag and Nagaina, two giant cobras who rear their sinister heads, and Darzee and the birds, who sing out messages of joy and warning. Shifting visual perspectives, from a birds-eye to worms-eye view, create a sense of drama […]

Rikki Tikki Tavi (1997) 2017-03-01T11:38:07+00:00

Puss in Boots (2015)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

Puss in Boots (2015)

Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault was first published in France in 1697, and later translated in England in 1729, the time period in which Jerry Pinkney’s version is set. The story focuses on the antics of a clever cat who tricks both a king and a sorcerer to make his master’s dreams come true. Pictured […]

Puss in Boots (2015) 2017-03-01T11:38:08+00:00

The Nightingale (2002)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

The Nightingale (2002)

The Nightingale is the story of a humble songbird whose beautiful voice brings her great fame and an esteemed place in the king’s court. Ultimately, after saving the life of the king, the nightingale chooses to leave her regal new home to return to a peaceful life in the forest. Though the original tale by Hans Christian […]

The Nightingale (2002) 2017-03-01T11:38:08+00:00

John Henry (2009)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

John Henry (2009)

Jerry Pinkney worked closely with author Julius Lester on several important works inspired by cultural narratives, including John Henry, a childhood favorite that offered the opportunity to “create an African American hero that would inspire all.” The importance of leading a well-lived life is a theme that emanates from this African American folk ballad, illuminated through artworks […]

John Henry (2009) 2017-03-01T11:38:08+00:00

Aesop’s Fables (2015) & The Lion and the Mouse (2009)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

Aesop’s Fables (2015) &
The Lion and the Mouse (2009)

Music Credit: 
Circle of Life
Tsidii Le Loka, The Lion King Ensemble, Lebo M & Faca Kulu
Album: The Lion King (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Written By: Elton John and Tim Rice

Personification is central to Jerry Pinkney’s work, which frequently features believably humanistic animals. “For me, there is a balance between the natural beauty […]

Aesop’s Fables (2015) & The Lion and the Mouse (2009) 2017-03-01T11:38:08+00:00

The Tales of Uncle Remus (1987)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

The Tales of Uncle Remus (1987)

Music Credit:
Salt Peanuts
Dizzy Gillespie
Album: Groovin’ High
Written By: Gillespie / Clarke

A collection of stories about the exploits of Brer Rabbit and other colorful creatures, the tales of Uncle Remus were first published in book form in 1881 by Joel Chandler Harris (1845–1908), an American journalist, fiction writer, and folklorist. […]

The Tales of Uncle Remus (1987) 2017-03-01T11:38:08+00:00

The Old African (2005)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

The Old African (2005)

Music Credit:
Oh Freedom
Sweet Honey In the Rock
Album: Freedom Song (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Written By: Traditional

The Old African is portrayed as powerful and intelligent being who longed for freedom and his homeland. In the story, the character exhibited the steadfast faith resiliency that his people needed to escape the pain and bondage of […]

The Old African (2005) 2017-03-01T11:38:09+00:00

Their Eyes Were Watching God (1991)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

Their Eyes Were Watching God (1991)

Music Credit:
My Man’s Gone Now
Miles Davis
Album: Porgy and Bess
Written By: George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin & D. Heyward

Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937, is the best-known work of African American writer Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960). The novel traces Janie Crawford’s “ripening from a vibrant but voiceless teenage girl […]

Their Eyes Were Watching God (1991) 2017-03-01T11:38:09+00:00

The Little Match Girl (1999)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

The Little Match Girl (1999)

Music Credit:
Agnus Dei, Op. 11
David Hill: Winchester Cathedral Choir
Album: Lux Aeterna
Composed By: Samuel Barber

When Jerry Pinkney adapted this classic Hans Christian Andersen tale, he transformed the author’s European setting to a bustling American city filled with the crowded tenements of the 1920s. Cars and carriage-filled streets, the push carts […]

The Little Match Girl (1999) 2017-03-01T11:38:09+00:00

Noah’s Ark (2002)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

Noah’s Ark (2002)

Music Credit: 
Didn’t It Rain?
Marion Williams & The Gospel Caravan
Album: Gospel les grands classiques
Written By: Traditional

Jerry Pinkney’s mother Willie Mae was a homemaker and an occasional day worker, and was largely responsible for keeping her children wellfed, clothed, and disciplined. In her little spare time each day she sat in her favorite reading chair next […]

Noah’s Ark (2002) 2017-03-01T11:38:09+00:00

God Bless the Child (2012)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

God Bless the Child (2012)

Music Credit:
Shine On Me
Gloria Jean Pinkney
Album: Music From Our Lord’s Holy Heaven
Written By: Gloria Jean Pinkney

Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr.’s swing spiritual God Bless the Child, written in 1939, was the inspiration for Jerry Pinkney’s moving depiction of one family’s move north during the Great Migration of the 1930s. The […]

God Bless the Child (2012) 2017-03-01T11:38:11+00:00

Sam and the Tigers (1996)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

Sam and the Tigers (1996)

Music Credit:
Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 (Without Narration)
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Ondrej Lenard
Album: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 (Without Narration)
Composed By: Sergei Prokofiev

Sam and the Tigers is a retelling of Little Black Sambo, a tale written in 1899 by Scottish author Helen Bannerman, who intended it […]

Sam and the Tigers (1996) 2017-03-01T11:38:12+00:00

The Ugly Duckling (1999)

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The Ugly Duckling (1999)

Music Credit:
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Sarah Vaughn
Album: This Is the Life
Written By: Harold Arlen

In this emotional retelling of a classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, a duckling who is different from the rest overcomes the cruel treatment of his siblings, cold, and loneliness to find peace and happiness when his true identity […]

The Ugly Duckling (1999) 2017-03-01T11:38:12+00:00

Norman Rockwell in the Age of the Civil Rights Movement (Google Cultural Institute)

Google is celebrating Black History, Arts and Culture with a large online exhibition comprised of exhibits from many institutions across the country, including the Norman Rockwell Museum. Explore three pivotal illustrations by Norman Rockwell from this important and historic period in our country. Featuring video tours, reference photos, pencil and color studies, and correspondence to and from Norman Rockwell in response to his work on these illustrations.

Norman Rockwell in the Age of the Civil Rights Movement (Google Cultural Institute) 2017-03-01T11:38:20+00:00

Annual Summer Gala Set for Saturday, June 6, 2015

Annual Summer Gala Set for Saturday, June 6, 2015 This year’s Summer Gala is shaping up to be a truly special evening, as it coincides with the exhibition premiere of Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs, and celebrates three remarkable members of the Museum leadership.

Advanced sponsorships are still available. Invite your colleagues, family, and friends to join you at your table for a special evening while supporting the Museum’s exhibitions and educational programs.

The Gala will begin at 6 p.m. with […]

Annual Summer Gala Set for Saturday, June 6, 2015 2017-03-01T11:38:50+00:00

Gift of A. S. McWilliams Comics to Norman Rockwell Museum

In the middle of July the sons of illustrator and comic strip artist Alden Spurr McWilliams (1917-1993) made a significant gift of 33 original strips and Sunday paper boards to the Norman Rockwell Museum. The previous year, one of the sons and his wife visited the museum and talked with curator Joyce Schiller about Al McWilliams, his career, and the care and preservation of the work that remained.

McWilliams, also known as “Mac,” trained at the […]

Gift of A. S. McWilliams Comics to Norman Rockwell Museum 2017-03-01T11:39:08+00:00

Blechman Gift to Norman Rockwell Museum

 

Earlier this summer, the acclaimed illustrator, animator, children’s book author, graphic novelist, and editorial cartoonist R. O. Blechman donated one of his works of art to the Norman Rockwell Museum. This work had been shown in Blechman’s spring 2013 museum exhibition, R. O. Blechman: The Inquiring Line, one of the series of focus exhibits the museum offers called the Distinguished Illustrators series of exhibitions produced by the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies. Even though the […]

Blechman Gift to Norman Rockwell Museum 2017-03-01T11:39:08+00:00

Stockbridge, MA—A Home for Illustrators and Artists at the Turn of the Century.

Did you know that prior to Norman Rockwell and his family moving to Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1953, that Stockbridge had been a locale with its own bevy of artists and illustrators? And not just the sculptor Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) either.

While Daniel Chester French had grown up in Concord, Massachusetts, he had also lived in New York, Rome, Washington, D.C., and Paris. In 1897 French returned to Massachusetts creating a home, studio, and gardens off […]

Stockbridge, MA—A Home for Illustrators and Artists at the Turn of the Century. 2017-03-01T11:39:11+00:00

George B. Bridgman drawings in NRM collections

While our name is still the Norman Rockwell Museum, we are also, as our subtitle says a home of American illustration art. The subtitle says it all. Our collections of American illustration art are growing and are rather diverse. From illustrations by James Montgomery Flagg and Charles Dana Gibson, to work by some perhaps more obscure names in the world of American illustration art (William J. Aylward, Fred Eng, Robert Lynn Lambdin, and Philip W. Prugh).

In 2010 […]

George B. Bridgman drawings in NRM collections 2017-03-01T11:39:40+00:00

Rockwell Center Lecture–Saturday April 6, 2013

Ms. Emily Schiller will give a public lecture at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday April 6, 2013 at 5:30 pm. Ms. Schiller is a 2012 recipient of a Rockwell Center Dissertation Fellowship, funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation. Her dissertation, titled “Unsettled Masses: Transportation in American Art During the 1930s and 1940s,” is focused on artistic representations of mass transit during the Great Depression and World War II. It specifically looks at how passengers appear on subways, elevated […]

Rockwell Center Lecture–Saturday April 6, 2013 2017-03-01T11:39:47+00:00

New essay on Rockwell Center web site

On March 21, 2013, the Rockwell Center will offer another new posting exploring a work of illustration art. Lately we’ve been very fortunate to host a run of guest writers for these essays. Tomorrow our colleague, Dr. Heather Campbell Coyle, Curator of American Art at the Delaware Art Museum, will share her comments on a cover illustration for Puck magazine from March 19, 1913 honoring Easter as well as the controversial Armory Show. Check it out […]

New essay on Rockwell Center web site 2017-03-01T11:39:49+00:00

Witches Night Out

Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, is one of the times that harmful spirits are said to be active. In the U.S., we take that concept to mean that witches, among other spirits, are out that night seeing what mischief they can get into. Since we link witches and Halloween together, it is not uncommon to see Halloween cover illustrations for popular magazines that show a witch out riding her broom...

Witches Night Out 2017-03-01T11:39:57+00:00

Patriots Day April 16 in Massachusetts

Today, April 16, 2012, is Patriots Day in Massachusetts. This is a civic holiday that commemorates the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolutionary War. See the related posting on the Rockwell Center website about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride” at http://www.rockwell-center.org/exploring-illustration/paul-reveres-ride/

Patriots Day April 16 in Massachusetts 2017-03-01T11:40:15+00:00

2011 Rockwell Center Fellowships Awarded

In 2010 the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum offered the opportunity for scholars to win a fellowship to pursue their studies on American illustration art and visual studies.  The Rockwell Center Fellowship is offered to senior scholars or museum professionals and Rockwell Center Dissertation Fellowship is open to doctoral candidates who are working on their dissertations.  A few weeks ago we awarded the two Rockwell Center Fellowships for 2011.

2011 Rockwell Center Fellowships Awarded 2017-03-01T11:40:37+00:00