ONLINE SYMPOSIUM Illustration and Race: Rethinking the History of Published Images

Compelling conversations with illustrators, art directors, authors, and scholars will explore more than three hundred years of racial representation in published art and the role of mass-circulated imagery as a force in shaping public perception about people and groups of people. Presented in conjunction with Imprinted: Illustrating Race, the Museum’s current exhibition, this symposium will spark dialogue about the ways that art, advertising, and systems of publishing have helped to frame public opinion, and how the art of illustration is a force for change today.

Recordings of each session will be made available on or after September 28, 2022.

2022-10-26T10:17:35-04:00July 29th, 2022|News|0 Comments

Steven Heller: Bascove’s Shifting Perspective

I’ve been enticed and excited by Bascove’s imagery ever since I first laid eyes on her signature book covers and jackets designed for publishers throughout the 1970s and 80s. Her emotionally-charged woodcuts, pen and brush drawings and hand-crafted gothic lettering grabbed my senses and intensified my interest. The books with her peerless illuminations revealing the essence of an author’s work were often put face-out on the shelves of my favorite bookselling haunts.

2022-02-18T12:10:52-05:00February 17th, 2022|News|0 Comments

Imprinted: Illustrating Race

Opening June 11, 2022, Imprinted: Illustrating Raceexamines the role of published images in shaping attitudes toward race and culture. More than 100 works of art and artifacts of widely circulated illustrated imagery will be on view, produced from the late eighteenth century to today, which have an impact on public perception about race in the United States. The exhibition will explore stereotypical racial representations that have been imprinted upon us through the mass publication of images. It culminates with the creative accomplishments of contemporary artists and publishers who have shifted the cultural narrative through the creation of positive, inclusive imagery emphasizing full agency and equity for all.

2022-04-06T21:51:45-04:00February 15th, 2022|News|0 Comments

Remembering Jerry Pinkey: American Illustration Master

We at the Norman Rockwell Museum were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jerry Pinkney (1939-2021), a true master of American illustration and one of the kindest and most genuine individuals that we have every had the pleasure of working with. We have been fortunate to collaborate with this gifted artist on several important projects over the course of two decades and to share Jerry’s work in two major national traveling exhibitions, Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney and Jerry Pinkney, Imaginings: An Artist’s Explorations of Images and Words. A great friend to the Museum and always generous with his time and talents, Jerry worked closely with us to spark creativity in enthusiastic students at regional schools in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and we were proud to launch a curriculum project created in conjunction with these projects.  In 2016, Jerry became the Museum’s Artist Laureate, advocating for our work and highlighting the power of illustration and storytelling to educate and inspire.

2021-10-21T16:15:36-04:00October 21st, 2021|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM: Fantasy Illustration

Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23, 2021

Explore the art and history of fantasy illustration and the mythical, mystical, folkloric artworks by masterful artists who are leading the way in this popular genre. Often inspired by the fantastical in literature, fantasy art has been prominent through the centuries in medieval, mannerist, magic realist, romantic, and surrealist imagery. The field’s historical underpinnings and inspirations will be the subject of conversation by exhibition curator Jesse Kowalski as well as prominent practitioners whose art is featured in Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration.

2021-10-23T14:07:30-04:00October 7th, 2021|News|0 Comments

Norman Rockwell: The Rising Tide – Live Webinar

This event is organized by the Appraisers Association.

September 20, 2021 1-2 p.m. EST
America’s most prominent twentieth-century illustrator, Norman Rockwell was revered by his public and reviled by many in the art world, but his paintings were made to last. Replaced at the turn of a page by a succession of magazine issues and illustrations, his visual narratives called the history of European art into play, employing classical painting methodology to weave contemporary tales inspired by everyday people and places. A cast of affable, exquisitely painted characters and a plethora of supporting details kept him and his audience engaged, and inspired belief by millions in the uniquely American vision that he conceived and continued to refine.

2021-09-13T17:02:43-04:00September 13th, 2021|News|0 Comments

Virtual Program: Messy Modernism: Art in 20th-Century American Magazines

Magazines are increasingly emerging as critical sites in developing a new understanding of the dynamic relationship between “fine” art and mass culture. Throughout the 20th century, a wide range of American periodicals commissioned artists to produce work for covers and feature stories, but many of these commissions have been left out of histories of modernism. This session considers three case studies to convey the rich trajectory of art and magazines: Edward Hopper’s covers for the Wells Fargo Messenger, Mine Okubo’s drawings in Fortune magazine, and Saul Steinberg’s work for such publications as Life, Look, Sports Illustrated, and Time. The papers explore the origins of and motivations behind such commissions and analyzes the art as it was originally published in print, showing how advertisements, adjacent articles, and captions shaped the initial reception and understanding of the works.

2021-04-26T14:53:54-04:00February 22nd, 2021|News|0 Comments

SYMPOSIUM: Picturing Freedom: A Century of Illustration

Friday and Saturday, January 15 and 16, 2021
For designers, cartoonists, and illustrators, many questions arise when creating art that takes up socially significant, sometimes controversial themes. Some choose the D.I.Y. route, working independently with a free hand, without access to the large scale distribution that comes with a recognizable masthead. Others work with leading news organizations and magazines, agreeing to collaborate in exchange for access to audiences. Popular art has always involved such choices. What are the tradeoffs? What are the rewards?

This timely symposium will explore historical and contemporary notions of freedom as well as the role of illustration as a force in shaping public perception. How has published imagery affected decision-making, public policy, and cultural understanding? Prominent authors, illustrators, and scholars will offer perspectives. Share your observations by participating in all or some of these compelling conversations.

This program is supported in part by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

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2021-02-04T14:56:08-05:00December 18th, 2020|News|0 Comments

SKETCHATORIAN: A Contemporary Twist on Classic Illustration

“Drawing You into History, One Illustration at a Time”

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Join arts and cultural historian Skylar Smith for this series of snappy virtual art experiences exploring the social, cultural, and material underpinnings of classic illustrations, which are re-contextualized for today’s times. The continuity and evolution of American identity, branding, politics, women’s rights, and gender identity is explored with humor, wit, and a deep dive into the history and cultural context of the moment.
2020-05-14T13:03:49-04:00May 6th, 2020|News|0 Comments

ONLINE SYMPOSIUM: Illustration and Its Histories: New Resources, New Voices, New Directions

The Society of Fellows at the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies announces a seminal conference:

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CONVENED BY: The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and Professor Michael Lobel, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY
2020-12-18T13:11:24-05:00December 4th, 2019|News|0 Comments

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Norman Rockwell Museum is Open 7 days a week year-round

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