Mystic Museum of Art (MMoA) is pleased to present by Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post Covers: Tell Me a Story, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. Highlight of the Year of Narrative Art MMoA, the exhibition will take place from From June 18 to September 18.
MYSTIC, Conn., June 2, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Mystic Museum of Art (MMoA) is pleased to present by Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post Covers: Tell Me a Story, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. Highlight of the Year of Narrative Art MMoA, the exhibition will take place from From June 18 to September 18.
The exhibition will present the 323 legendary covers created for The Saturday Evening Post by the famous American painter and illustrator, Norman Rockwell (1894-1978). In doing so, the exhibit brings together two giants of American cultural history: The Saturday Evening Post, which has chronicled “American history in the making” for nearly 200 years, and Norman Rockwell, who has captivated American audiences with the sheer visual appeal, historical detail, and narrative brilliance of his art for more than four decades. Taken together, Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers in detail the lives of Americans and the history they have shared for 47 years.
Under the theme “Tell Me a Story”, the MMoA will invite the public, through tours, talks and gallery activities, to tell their own stories, ask which stories are missing and why. The editorial constraints and biases under which he worked sharpened Rockwell’s commitment to social commentary. In later work for other publishers, he developed the themes of racial inequality and discrimination.
“MMoA already had a significant collection of American art,” commented MMoA’s executive director, Susan Fisher. “Now, the opportunity to work with a world-class institution like the Norman Rockwell Museum puts exceptional traveling exhibitions within our reach, and within the reach of those we serve.”
Born in New York City on February 3, 1894, Norman Percival Rockwell is considered by many to be one of America’s greatest artists. From the start, he wanted to be an illustrator. He left public school at age 14 to attend Chase Art School. He then studied at the prestigious National Academy of Design and then at the more progressive Art Students League. At the League, he worked with artists as famous as George Bridgeman and Thomas Fogarty.
It was a good time for a budding illustrator. The “Golden Age of Illustration” was a period of unprecedented excellence in book and magazine illustration, spanning the decades before and after the turn of the 20th century, in the wake of the Industrial Revolution . Technical advances in papermaking and art reproduction produced affordable art images for America’s growing middle class, while artists found employment and inspiration in graphic art. narrative, including Howard Pyle, Parrish MaxfieldJC Leyendecker, NC Wyeth, and Frederic Remington.
In the midst of this booming art market, Rockwell won his first major commission when he was only 18: an illustration for Carl H. Claudy’s Tell Me Why: Stories about Mother Nature. This was the start of a craft he devotedly honed for the next 65 years.
Young Rockwell realized another dream when his art was published by the Boy Scouts of America’s Boys’ Life, and again when he became the publication’s art editor in 1913. In 1916, with the help of cartoonist Clyde Forsythe (with whom he shared a studio) Rockwell successfully submitted his first cover painting, Mother’s Day Off, for The Saturday Evening Post. He was only 22 years old.
It was a decisive success. From the early years of the century through the 1960s, The Saturday Evening Post was one of America’s most widely circulated and influential magazines. His rich mix of fiction, non-fiction, cartoons and feature films has reached millions of homes every week – by far the largest and most versatile possible setting for his brilliantly storytelling art. He took the opportunity seriously. Throughout his long career, Rockwell rarely took vacations at his studio. He worked meticulously from props and models, taking up to six months to create a single cover painting.
Rockwell’s serious and unassuming attitude to his work also characterizes his subject matter. “I showed the America I knew and watched to others who might not have noticed,” he said. He enjoyed watching the people around him: middle-class children, families, and adults, as they played, worked, visited a doctor, or fixed a flat tire. He had an eye for everyday decor. By turns humorous and deeply moving, Rockwell’s subjects found enthusiastic audiences. According to The Saturday Evening Post, his work helped boost his subscription base to 6,900,000 nationwide in 1960.
As the “Golden Age of Illustration” waned in the 1930s and 1940s, Rockwell’s popularity grew. His work appeared on both the covers and in the stories of the Saturday Evening Post in the 1960s. His last cover for the Post, “Portrait of John F Kennedywas published on December 14, 1963a week after Kennedy’s assassination.
To develop such a wide range of images and subjects, MMoA will present a series of lectures, art classes and events focusing on specific aspects of his art.
Tell Me a Story – Children’s Picture Book Illustration Workshop
Educator artist: Lisa Adamsaward-winning illustrator
From layout, character design, and art techniques, learn how to conceptualize and create illustrations for a children’s book. Bring your imagination with your idea (raw pictures and verbal storytelling) and come away with the knowledge and skills to create your very own children’s picture book.
Saturday, 10am – 4 p.m. (12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch break)
All events will be posted on the Museum’s website and announced in eblasts. For more information on tours or activities for groups, please call MMoA at 860.536.7601.
Support for this exhibit was provided by the Kitchings Family Foundation and CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) of the Connecticut Legislature ‘State of Connecticut (list incomplete at this time). time).
About the Mystical Art Museum
The Mystic Museum of Art (MMoA) served as a focal point for the arts in the Southeast Connecticut for over 100 years. Founded in 1913 as the Mystic Art Association, the museum today engages visitors in richly curated exhibitions, interpretive activities, studio classes, and outreach programs. MMoA’s mission is to inspire creativity and critical dialogue by engaging the regional community in the understanding, appreciation and practice of the visual arts.
About the Norman Rockwell Museum
The Norman Rockwell Museum highlights the power of American illustration art to reflect and shape society, and advances the enduring values of kindness, respect, and social equity represented by Norman Rockwell. Founded in 1969 with the help of Norman and Molly Rockwell, Norman Rockwell Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment and study of Rockwell’s work and his contributions to society, popular culture and social commentary. The museum, which is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is the most popular year-round cultural attraction in the Berkshires.
What: Special exhibition, by Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post Covers: Tell Me a Story, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA
Where: Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water Street, Mystic, CT 06378
When: From June 18 to September 18, 2022
Hours: Monday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Special entry for the exhibition $10 per person, free members
For more information
V Susan Fisher
(860) 536-7601 ext. 201
Susan Fisherexecutive director, Mystic Museum of Art, 1 (860) 536-7601, [email protected]
SOURCE Museum of Mystical Art