In the 1940s, Franklin D. Roosevelt developed a concept called the Four Freedoms—Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear to persuade Americans to support the war effort. Not immediately embraced by the American public, the administration turned to the arts to help Americans understand and rally behind these enduring ideals. Artists, writers, actors, designers, and musicians were encouraged to take on the challenge of advancing the Four Freedoms as the U.S. prepared to enter World War II, moving away from its policy of neutrality. More
Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms are among the most recognizable and enduring images in the history of American art. Inspired by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s vision for a peaceful post-war world, they are cultural icons that continue to resonate strongly today, as they did in their time. More
Join us for a preview of Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom, which will showcase Rockwell's war-era artworks.
Focusing on critical themes that made Rockwell stand out from his contemporaries, the exhibition presents how the artist and his contemporary illustrators became important storytellers who advanced important civic ideas through their creative advertising and imagery.
Ticket reservations will open for members at 10 am on March 27. Timed entry tickets are required for the Member Preview. More
Join a 45-minute public tour of Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom, offered daily at 1 pm, May 3 through August 23. Included with general admission, reservations not required. More
This talk follows Norman Rockwell's career and how his dissatisfaction with the restrictive rules of the Post gradually led him to break the rules subtly and then to break away from the magazine altogether, leading directly to his Civil Rights-era paintings.
Rockwell's career is presented in four sections: Norman as Rule Follower; Norman as Rulebreaker; Norman as Advocate; and Norman as Model. These sections provide context for Rockwell's famous Four Freedoms and for his later images from the 1960s and 1970s.
Doors open at 5:30 pm. More
Join us for Untitled: Creative Fusion featuring artists Ramon Bonilla & Brenton Weyi. More