Frist Center for the Visual Arts to Present AMERICAN CHRONICLES: THE ART OF NORMAN ROCKWELL, Begin. 11/1
American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell, an exhibition organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts will be on view in the Frist Center for the Visual Arts' Upper-Level Galleries from November 1, 2013 through February 9, 2014. During this holiday season, visitors will have the opportunity to examine the legendary American illustrator's working process and career through his oil paintings, iconic Saturday Evening Post covers, posters, photographs and correspondence.
Representing fifty-six years of the artist's career, the works in this exhibition span from folk heroes and frontiersmen to the turbulent events of the 1960s. A reporter at heart, Rockwell told visual stories with meticulous detail and went to great lengths to achieve precision in his studio. However, he is equally recognized for his trademark idealistic tint, affection and humor. ?Rockwell's paintings are infused with a sense of nostalgia, says Frist Center Curator Trinita Kennedy. ?In truth, his work looked back to a simpler time that never was
Signature works such as No Swimming (1921), Christmas Homecoming (1948) and Triple Self-Portrait (1959) will all be on display, yet even Rockwell aficionados will find something new among the original works of art and Saturday Evening Post covers in this exhibition. Photographs, correspondence and the artist's own newspaper clippings used for research provide a glimpse into Rockwell's creative process. Included in this exhibition is also a 14- minute film narrated by one of Rockwell's sons.
Commenting on the popularity and broad appeal of Rockwell's body of work, Ms. Kennedy says, ?Although Rockwell was from New York City, he focused on small town life. For baby boomers, he was there chronicling all of the important events such as JFK's presidential campaign and the civil rights movement, along with summer vacation and the holidays. He shaped a generation's perception of itself.
As periodicals and books were the primary source of information and entertainment in the first half of the 20th century, Rockwell assumed a crucial role in creating and reflecting public opinion. The Saturday Evening Post was one of the first publications to reach a million subscribers and continued to hold significant influence into the 1960s. Considering the trajectory of illustration as a medium of communication, Rockwell's career arc was perfectly timed.