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Norman Rockwell Museum, Lecture and Performance Series

July 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Thursday, repeating until July 26, 2018

In conjunction with its summer/fall exhibition Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition, Norman Rockwell Museum will present The Narrative Tradition, a series of talks and performances to be held at the Museum Thursday evenings, starting at 5:30 p.m., during the months of July and August. The events are free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission.

On Thursday, July 19, starting at 5:30 p.m.,Ann Lawless, Executive Director of the American Precision Museum will present the talk Maxfield Parrish, Machinist, Artisan, Artist. For a time during the 1920s, Maxfield Parrish was the most recognized and reproduced working artist in America. For all of his working life, Parrish, who lived and worked in Plainfield, New Hampshire, maintained a fully equipped machine shop on the lower level of his studio. The casual viewer may think that the enchanting, nostalgic appeal of his art sprang full-blown from his imagination, however his work belies a strong connection between artistic fantasy and technical reality. Lawless will look at the many interesting facets of Parrish’s career.

On Thursday, July 26, starting at 5:30 p.m., the Museum presents Telling Stories: An Evening with Pamela Paul. Ms. Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review, will discuss the power of published imagery and the narratives that are derived at the intersection of images and words. Paul is the author of By the Book, Parenting, Inc., and The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony.

Thursday Evening Drop-In Programs:

Thursdays, July & August, 5 to 7 p.m.

Parents and caregivers can enjoy our Thursday evening programs while their children are engaged in creative art and gallery activities inspired by the works on view. $7 for children, $5 for members.

Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell, and the Narrative Tradition – On view June 9 through October 28, 2018

This summer, the Norman Rockwell Museum presents the first comprehensive exhibition to look at the work of master illustrators Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, and Norman Rockwell in relation to the history of Western art. With more than 60 works by 25 American and European painters, along with more than 300 digital representations of some 50 other artists, Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell, and the Narrative Tradition will reveal the lineage connecting American illustration to some 500 years of European painting through the long line of teachers who have passed along their wisdom, knowledge, and techniques to generations of creators.

Keepers of the Flame traces the student-to-teacher lineage of Parrish (1870–1966), Wyeth (1882–1945), and Rockwell (1894–1978)—among the most recognized narrative-picture makers of the past century—to their artistic forbears reaching back to the Italian Renaissance. In so doing, it shows how these illustrators, all of whom painted with the same principals and techniques as their artistic ancestors —including a focus on the human figure, convincingly placed in space, atmospheric effects, and other illusionistic devices—created what would prove to be iconic imagery and unforgettable narratives that defined them as keepers of the flame of traditional Western painting.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by Dena M. Hardymon, TD Bank, and the Dr. Robert C. & Tina Sohn Foundation.


July 12
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183 (Glendale Ave)
Stockbridge, MA 01262
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