Norman Rockwell and the American Family
On Display December 6th, 2018 – January 19, 2019
The Norman Rockwell Museum presents Norman Rockwell and the American Family, part of a series of traveling exhibitions celebrating the art of Norman Rockwell. “The traveling exhibitions extend the Museum’s print and archival collections beyond our walls to audiences who may not have the opportunity to visit the Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.” says Museum Director Laurie Norton Moffatt. This exhibit will be on display for a short 6 week exhibit period over the Christmas holiday, making for a great outing with family and friends and a wonderful way to pass these amazing images onto the next generation!
In the 1950s and 1960s, the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, commissioned illustrator Norman Rockwell to create scenes reflecting American family life for its national advertising campaign. These popular images appeared in leading publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, Time, and Newsweek, with text that inspired readers to consider purchasing life insurance. Many of Rockwell’s Stockbridge neighbors, and the artist himself, appear as models in the series. The images constitute the largest group of works created by the artist for any single commission.
Norman Rockwell and the American Family presents eighty framed prints which offer poignant reflections on American family life, from youth to old age, as portrayed by Norman Rockwell during the mid-twentieth century.
About Norman Rockwell Museum
Norman Rockwell Museum holds the largest and most significant collection of art and archival materials relating to the life and work of Norman Rockwell. The Museum also preserves, interprets, and exhibits a growing collection of original illustration art by noted American illustrators, from historical to contemporary. The Norman Rockwell Museum Art Collection and Norman Rockwell Archive inspire a vibrant year-round on-site exhibition program, national and international traveling exhibitions, and arts and humanities programs that engage diverse audiences. The Museum’s collections, which are made accessible worldwide, are a comprehensive resource relating to Norman Rockwell and the art of illustration, the role of published imagery in society, and the American twentieth century.
Since its inception, Norman Rockwell Museum has explored the impact of illustrated images and their role in shaping and reflecting our world through changing exhibitions, publications, and programs. Dedication to a deepened understanding of the art of illustration has led to the formation of the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies. The first of its kind in the nation, this research institute supports sustained scholarship and establishes Norman Rockwell Museum’s leadership in the vanguard of preservation and interpretation relating to this important aspect of American visual culture.
Norman Rockwell and the American Family exhibit is partially funded by a grant from The Arthur and Cornelia Scroggins Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas.
We are expecting many groups for this exhibit so please call 620-846-2527 for more information or to set up a tour for groups of 5 or more! Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9-12 & 1-4:30. We are closed on Sundays & Mondays and all major holidays including Christmas Day and New Years Day. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help pay for the temporary and traveling exhibits we host each year!