Norman Rockwell to come to Newark Museum
Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 13, 1960
Norman Rockwell Museum Collection
The Art of Norman Rockwell is coming to Newark Museum! It is an important exhibition that explores Norman Rockwell’s role as an American icon-maker and storyteller will be on view at the Newark Museum from February 28 through May 26, 2014 with the exhibit: "American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell."
All of the original works on view in American Chronicles are drawn from the permanent collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum, including such beloved and well-known images as “Triple Self-Portrait” (1960), “Girl at Mirror” (1954), “Going and Coming” (1947), and “Art Critic” (1955). The exhibition will include materials from the Norman Rockwell Museum’s archives demonstrating how Rockwell worked, proceeding from preliminary sketches, photographs, color studies and detailed drawings to the finished painting.
The exhibition is divided into five thematic groups to demonstrate how Rockwell’s images provided Americans with a vocabulary for describing and celebrating themselves, their country and their experiences in the 20th century. Themes explored in the exhibition include: American Roots; Reflecting and Shaping American Character; Idealism, Attitude and the American Dream; Shaping the American Aesthetic; and The Artist’s Process, which offers insight into the development of “Murder in Mississippi” (1965), Rockwell’s haunting depiction of a civil rights tragedy in the South, from first idea to finished painting and published work. The exhibition will bring visitors into Rockwell’s creative process, tracing the artist’s complex, time-consuming working method, from original concept to the final painting and the published image. A complete set of all 323 of Rockwell’s covers for The Saturday Evening Post are also included in the exhibition. Rockwell’s work for the Post spanned a remarkable 47 years and the artist became a household name in the process.
Prior to coming to the Newark Museum - the exhibit will be at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, TN and then goes to Rome, Italy's Fondazione Roma Arte Musei.
For more info: www.newarkmuseum.org
October 2, 2013