American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell

November 1, 2013 - February 9, 2014
Event By: Frist Center for the Visual Arts Address: 919 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203 Email: mcarrigan@fristcenter.org Phone: (615) 744-3351
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Norman Rockwell, one of America’s most beloved and recognized artists, honed his visual storytelling abilities creating illustrations for some of the nation’s most prominent publications, and is fondly remembered for his emotionally appealing, idealized scenes of early 20th century American life. Rockwell’s images portray scenes of human triumph and frailty with affectionate humor, dignity and kindness, often emphasizing the importance of tolerance and America’s democratic ideals. Featuring over 40 paintings and a selection of drawings, tear-sheets, and other related works, including original Saturday Evening Post covers, American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell traces the evolution of Rockwell’s art and iconography throughout his career—from carefully choreographed reflections on childhood innocence to consciousness-raising images documenting the traumatic realities of desegregation in the South. This exhibition was organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.