Presented by photographers Emily Shur and Wyatt Gallery with Alison de Lima Greene, the Isabel Brown Wilson Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, in conjunction with the exhibition Norman Rockwell: American Freedom  

In 2012, artist Hank Willis Thomas gazed at Norman Rockwell’s famous 1943 Thanksgiving tableau, Freedom from Want. Not seeing any faces like his own, or the people he knew, he launched into a unique collaboration with photographers Emily Shur, Wyatt Gallery, and Eric Gottesman to restage each of Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings, replacing the original figures with activists, artists, celebrities, and everyday citizens to more accurately reflect the mosaic of contemporary America. 

The four photographs that were the initial result of this fruitful collaboration, as well as additional variations, are on view in the accompanying exhibition, The Four Freedoms Reimagined. Emily Shur and Wyatt Gallery visit the MFAH to discuss the creative process that went into the 82 photographs they ultimately created for the For Freedoms project, as well as corollary activities, videos, and town meetings, all of which posed the question: “Where Do We Go from Here?”

Drop in! This lecture is free. On Thursdays, general admission is free courtesy of Shell Oil Company. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Ruth K. Shartle Lecture Series is made possible by a generous grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc.

Support for The Four Freedoms Reimagined is provided by the Margaret Cooke Skidmore Exhibition Endowment.