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WATCH: Highlights of "American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell" at the DIA

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Monday, 23 March, 2009 10:00 PM

Norman Rockwell exhibit debuts at the Detroit Institute of Arts

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Museum goers are enjoying the exhibit.

by Corinne Lyons
corinnez.lyons@gmail.com

 

WATCH: Highlights of "American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell" at the DIA

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DETROIT -- Some of works from the Rockwell museum are being housed in the Detroit Institute of Arts between March 8 and May 31. Laurie Norton Moffatt, Director of the Norman Rockwell Museum, said that “the exhibit should be shared widely as possible."

Swarpa Anila, D.I.A. Interpretive Specialist, said that they wanted to help the visitors to develop a deeper and more intimate relationship with works of art.

There are various themes displayed through the paintings and Saturday Evening Post covers. Family, innocence and heroism are just a few of the themes that the D.I.A. developed.

“The exhibit changes from one venue to the next as it travels the country,“ said David Penney D.I.A. Vice President of Exhibtions and Collections Strategies, “The interpretation is all new and unique to the exhibition.”

The Henry Ford museum has loaned two paintings to the exhibit, which has 41 paintings and 323 Post covers.

Moffatt said that there are pivotal moments reflected in Rockwell’s work.

Throughout the gallery are plaques that help explain his works. Some are interpretations of his work others are his own words. According to one plaque, “Rockwell’s work is simple. He depicted common happenings in people’s everyday lives.”

The interesting part of the Rockwell exhibit is that is poses questions to the viewer. In their attempt to connect the visitors develop relationships with the works of art the team has placed the plaques throughout the exhibit. There are also slide shows that display key concepts. One such slide show questions if Rockwell’s ideas are still present in society today.

Rockwell once said, “I paint life as I would like it to be.” If this is in fact the case then the visitor is able to look at the paintings, covers and slideshows and draw their own conclusions.

The D.I.A. offers an audio tour of the exhibit that guides adults and children through the exhibit.

The Norman Rockwell exhibit at the D.I.A. is perfect for the amateur visitor and the well-seasoned veteran.

For more information on the exhibit, visit www.dia.org.

 

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"Community Supper" by Norman Rockwell, a painting donated by Ford.

 

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"Going and Coming" by Norman Rockwell

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