The Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge
Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People
America is falling in love with Norman Rockwell all over again. Following successful engagements in Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, D.C., San Diego and Phoenix, Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People is coming to the Norman Rockwell Museum in his beloved hometown of Stockbridge for an exclusive New England appearance from June 9 to October 21, 2001. More than three-quarters of a million people will have seen this landmark exhibition of more than 70 of Rockwell's original oil paintings and all 322 of his Saturday Evening Post covers by the time it arrives in Stockbridge. (left: Rosie the Riveter, 1943 © Curtis Publishing Company, The Saturday Evening Post cover, oil on canvas, 52 x 40 inches, C403, Private collection; right: Girl with Black Eye, 1953 © Curtis Publishing Company, The Saturday Evening Post cover, oil on canvas, 34 x 30 inches, C466, Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT, Gift of Kenneth Smith)
"It's a joy to be able to present a major comprehensive exhibition to the nation with well-known works from our Museum, as well as rarely-seen classics from private collections and other institutions," says Laurie Norton Moffatt, director of the Norman Rockwell Museum. "We've watched with pleasure as a new generation has discovered the power of Rockwell's original paintings. It was heart-wrenching to send some of our most-loved Rockwells on the road, but we knew the reward would be the return of this big, glorious show to Stockbridge where all of New England would be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity." (left: Doctor and Doll, 1929 © Curtis Publishing Company, The Saturday Evening Post cover, oil on canvas, 32 x 26 1/4 inches, C303, Private collection; right: Shuffleton's Barbershop, 1950 © Curtis Publishing Company, The Saturday Evening Post cover, oil on canvas, 46 1/4 x 43 inches, Collection of the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA)
Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People will make its final stop in New York City at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (November 16, 2001 - March 3, 2002). The exhibition is organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
Norman Rockwell's Stockbridge
Those who visit the exhibition at Stockbridge will be able to walk down Main Street, Stockbridge, where visitors will recognize scenes that are familiar from the artist's works and may even catch a glimpse of one of Rockwell's models or their descendants who still live in the town. Main Street, made famous by Rockwell, is just minutes from the Museum. (left: Stockbridge Mainstreet at Christmas (Home for Christmas), 1967 © The Norman Rockwell Family Trust, McCall's illustration, oil on canvas, 26.5 x 95.5 inches, Collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge)
In Stockbridge, Rockwell's home for the last 25 years of his life, this extraordinary traveling exhibition of his masterpieces will take on special significance while on display at the Norman Rockwell Museum. A number of the paintings included in the tour, such as Rosie the Riveter, Doctor and Doll, Girl with Black Eye and Gary Cooper as the Texan, have never been on view at the Museum. (left: Norman Rockwell painting Stockbridge Mainstreet at Christmas, 1967, photo by Louie Lamone, photo courtesy of the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge)
One special highlight of the exhibition is an adult audio tour created to enhance the visitor's experience that features illuminating interviews with Rockwell's models and commentary by the nationally renowned historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. The exhibition is also accompanied by an award-winning audio tour designed especially for children and families and a fully illustrated, 200-page catalogue.
Excerpts from the catalogue, Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. in association with The Norman Rockwell Museum and the High Museum of Art.
The Norman Rockwell Museum and the Rockwell Studio
One of only a handful of single-artist museums in the United States, the Norman Rockwell Museum is located on a scenic 36-acre estate with rolling lawns and striking vistas. This inviting setting, where visitors stroll and picnic on the grounds and children play on whimsical outdoor sculptures by Rockwell's son Peter, sets the stage to explore the dramatic Museum building designed by renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern, who based it on a New England town hall concept. (left: Norman Rockwell's Stockbridge Studio, The Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, photo by James Patrick)
Visitors to the Museum can also experience the intimacy of Rockwell's Stockbridge studio, one of the few major artists' studios preserved in the United States, where many of his most famous works were created. The studio, moved to the Museum grounds from Rockwell's home, was left as it was during the last years of Rockwell's life and contains his 500-volume art library, his furnishings and decorative items, ethnographic objects, mementos collected on his travels and gifts sent by admirers. (right: Interior of Norman Rockwell's Stockbridge Studio, The Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, © Brownie Harris, Courtesy of GE)
Norman Rockwell helped found the Museum, which opened in
1969 and moved to its present location in 1993. The Norman Rockwell Museum
welcomes nearly 200,000 visitors each year and is one of the most popular
year-round tourist destinations in the Berkshires, a resort area offering
a rich array of cultural pursuits and natural beauty. (left: Norman
Rockwell painting Art Critic, 1955, photo by Bill Scovill, photo
courtesy of The Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge)
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