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Norman Rockwell: American Freedom December 15, 2019–March 22, 2020


Rockwell - Freedom of Speech

Norman Rockwell, Freedom of Speech, 1943, oil on canvas, illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 20, 1943, collection of Norman Rockwell Museum. © SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis. All rights reserved. www.curtislicensing.com

Photograph of Norman Rockwell with Freedom of Speech painting at Four Freedoms War Bond Show, 1943, photographer unknown, collection of Norman Rockwell Museum. © Norman Rockwell Family Agency. All rights reserved.

Norman Rockwell, Freedom of Worship, 1943, oil on canvas, illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 27, 1943, collection of Norman Rockwell Museum. © SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis. All rights reserved. www.curtislicensing.com

Norman Rockwell, Freedom from Want, 1943, oil on canvas, illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, March 6, 1943, collection of Norman Rockwell Museum. © SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis. All rights reserved. www.curtislicensing.com

Norman Rockwell, Freedom from Fear, 1943, oil on canvas, illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, March 13, 1943, collection of Norman Rockwell Museum. © SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis. All rights reserved. www.curtislicensing.com

Norman Rockwell, The Problem We All Live With, 1963, oil on canvas, illustration for Look, January 14, 1964, collection of Norman Rockwell Museum.

Norman Rockwell, Golden Rule, 1961, oil on canvas, cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, April 1, 1961, collection of Norman Rockwell Museum. © SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis. All rights reserved. www.curtislicensing.com

Norman Rockwell: American Freedom is the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to Norman Rockwell’s iconic depictions of the Four Freedoms outlined by Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom from Want. The presentation explores how Rockwell’s 1943 paintings came to be embraced by millions of Americans. These works of art provided crucial aid to the war effort and took their place among the most indelible images in the history of American art.

Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, the exhibition features a range of works in addition to Rockwell’s celebrated images of the Four Freedoms. Norman Rockwell: American Freedom showcases paintings, illustrations, prints, and more by Rockwell (1894–1978) and many of his contemporaries, including Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, J.C. Leyendecker, Arthur Rothstein, Mead Schaeffer, Ben Shahn, and Arthur Szyk. Historical documents, videos, photographs, and artifacts throughout the installation bring the era to life.

Accompanying the exhibition is a contemporary response: The Four Freedoms Reimagined, a selection of images from the For Freedoms photography project by Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Shur in collaboration with Eric Gottesman and Wyatt Gallery. This reimagining of Rockwell’s paintings is on display in an adjacent gallery.

Norman Rockwell: American Freedom | December 15, 2019–March 22, 2020

► Publications
Related publications are available through the MFA Shop (713.639.7360) and the Museum’s Hirsch Library (713.639.7325).

► Audio Guide
The optional audio guide delves deeper into selected works of art, with commentary and insights from MFAH curators. Offered in both English and Spanish. Included in the ticket price, based on availability. Audio-guide players are located at the exhibition entrance​.

► Exhibition Admission
Tickets, available online and on-site, include Museum general admission.

TICKETS
Norman Rockwell: American Freedom
Any Day,
Any Time
MFAH Member (Join now!) Free
Adult (19+) $23
Senior (65+ with ID), Military (with ID), College Student (19+ with ID), Youth (13–18) $18
Child (12 & younger) Free

Enhance Your Experience: Visit Georgia James
Treat Yourself to a Discount
When you are presented with your bill at Georgia James restaurant, 1100 Westheimer, you receive a card good for a discount on the exhibition. Bring the card to the MFAH and receive $5 off one adult ticket to Norman Rockwell: American Freedom
• Sip Well with Rockwell! 
Westin Galleymore, the spirits director at Georgia James, has crafted a special cocktail inspired by Norman Rockwell: American Freedom. Stop by to try “Rockwell,” made with Spanish gin, nigella, quinquina, and dry vermouth. 


This exhibition has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Lead foundation underwriting is provided by:
The Hamill Foundation

Additional generous funding for this exhibition is provided by:
M.D. Anderson Foundation
Melza and Ted Barr
Memorial Hermann
John L. Nau III
Susie and Mel Glasscock
Carla Knobloch
The Radoff Family
Ann G. Trammell
Kelley and Harper Trammell
Flo McGee

Media Sponsors:

and the
Norman Rockwell Family Agency

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

Location

Audrey Jones Beck Building
5601 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005
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