Looking for a FUN activity to do with family in for the holidays? Check out the latest Norman Rockwell exhibit opening at the Dayton Art Institute!
American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell
November 12 2011 - February 5 2012
Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, American Chronicles features original art from the museum’s noted collections. The exhibition chronicles Rockwell’s life and art, introducing new scholarship rooted in decades of study by Curator of Norman Rockwell Collections, Linda Pero. The artist’s paintings, drawings, and studies span 56 years, from his 1914 interpretation of American folk hero Daniel Boone securing safe passage for settlers to the American West, to his 1970 report on American tourists and armed Israeli soldiers witnessing a Christmas Eve ceremony at the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The exhibition invites viewers to compare their own 20th-century American experience with the events portrayed by Rockwell, and to consider how much Rockwell’s vision may have influenced theirs.
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 in such paintings as Day in the Life of a Little Girl (1952) to powerful, consciousness-raising images for Lookin the 1960s documenting the traumatic realities of desegregation in the South. Rockwell’s artistic contributions and the impact of his images on American popular culture are explored within the context of his life and times, through in-depth exhibition commentary and a decade-by-decade installation of 42 original artworks, as well as a complete set of 323 Saturday Evening Post cover tear sheets spanning 47 years.
Seniors (60+), Students (18+ w/ID) & Active Military: $13
Youth (7-17): $10
Children (6 & under): Free
Museum Members: First visit free; return visits $10 Price includes admission to permanent collection
Exhibition audio guides, providing commentary on Norman Rockwell’s life
and work, may be rented at the Visitor Services Desk for an additional $5.
Group Rates: Group tour packages are available, including docent-led tours of the exhibitions, boxed lunches from the museum’s Café Monet, and special Tour & Tea programs on select dates. Group tickets (groups of 10 or more) for American Chronicles are priced at $13 per person. Some programs, such as Tour & Tea, may carry an additional charge. For more information about group tours or to book a tour, please contact Mary Eberle, at 937-512-0152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.