The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents "Norman Rockwell: American Freedom"

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Norman Rockwell: American Freedom
Norman Rockwell, Freedom of Speech, 1943, oil on canvas, story illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 20, 1943, collection of Norman Rockwell Museum. Photo courtesy of SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis

"Norman Rockwell: American Freedom" is the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to Norman Rockwell’s iconic depictions of the Four Freedoms outlined by Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom from Want. The presentation explores how Rockwell’s 1943 paintings came to be embraced by millions of Americans. These works of art provided crucial aid to the war effort and took their place among the most indelible images in the history of American art.

Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, the exhibition features a range of works in addition to Rockwell’s celebrated images of the Four Freedoms. "Norman Rockwell: American Freedom" showcases paintings, illustrations, prints, and more by Rockwell (1894-1978) and many of his contemporaries, including Dorothea Lange, J.C. Leyendecker, Mead Schaeffer, Ben Shahn, and Arthur Szyk.

Bringing the era to life are historical documents, photographs, videos, and artifacts throughout the installation. Interactive digital displays and immersive settings, some using virtual reality technology, are also part of the presentation.

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005


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