Norman Rockwell had a decade that spanned over 60 years. The DIA will feature what is sure to be a very popular, very nostalgic show featuring Americana as captured by illustrator extraordinaire Norman Rockwell. The exhibition will feature forty-four paintings including No Swimming, Christmas Homecoming, The Problem We All Live With (re school desegregation in the south, below) and Triple Self-Portrait (above).
Norman Rockwell is one of America’s most enduring artists; his images both reflected and helped shape perceptions of American culture. This must-see exhibition features forty-four of the artist’s exquisitely detailed paintings of everyday life, from early-twentieth-century small towns to the Civil Rights movement, as well as all of Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers. –DIA website
More on this show, which debuts to the public this Sunday (members of the DIA can preview the exhibition starting on Friday), after the jump . . .
The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Avenue. It’s open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults; members get in free. Incidentally, the DIA is a very special institution that is going through a rough time due to the economy. If you enjoy having a first-class museum in our community, do consider purchasing a membership. We’re really lucky to have this collection!
Now, back to Rockwell for a moment . . .
Michael H. Hodges of The Detroit News wrote a great article on the DIA’s Rockwell exhibit which included some interesting color about Rockwell’s snooty critics. He quotes Wayne State American Studies Prof. Jerry Herron who explained why the fine art snobs were so resistant to Rockwell’s work.
The more widely somebody’s work is understood and loved, the less likely it is to garner academic prestige and gallery respect. –Jerry Herron
What do you think of Norman Rockwell? Did you get a chance to visit this exhibit? If so, let us know in the comments.
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