Norman Rockwell’s heart-warming depictions of everyday life made him one of the best-known and most beloved American artists of the twentieth century. He lived and worked through some of the most eventful periods in the nation’s history, and his paintings vividly chronicled those times. Rockwell was a storyteller when so-called “serious” art was neither narrative nor representational. His painted stories were folksy, humorous, and often topical, but he was more than just a chronicler of the times. He had a genius for knowing which stories to tell, how to tell them, and which details to emphasize in order to strengthen the message.
At the MSV from February 20 through August 8, 2021, Norman Rockwell's America presents a selection of works spanning six decades and includes more than 25 original paintings, studies, and drawings; hundreds of vintage Saturday Evening Post covers; and 1940s-era posters of Rockwell’s iconic Four Freedoms series. The exhibition also includes digital photographs by the artists’ group For Freedoms that are modern renditions of Rockwell’s Four Freedoms posters. Read the exhibition press release HERE.
Norman Rockwell's America © 2021 is curated and organized by National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, RI, and the American Illustrators Gallery, New York, NY. The exhibition’s MSV display is generously supported by United Bank and sponsored by Perry Engineering Company, Inc. and Shenandoah Country Q102.