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Norman Rockwell Museum, Online Symposium

October 20, 2023 - October 21, 2023

Friday & Saturday, October 20 & 21

The Genius of Tony Sarg

Organized by the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and the American Theater for Puppetry Arts in Austerlitz, New York, this interdisciplinary symposium brings together artists, puppeteers, and scholars from across the humanities to explore the life, art and adventures of Tony Sarg (1880-1942), the charismatic illustrator, designer, puppeteer, and entrepreneur whose prolific career sheds light on the creative imagination and the ability of artists to inspire a collective sense of wonder and joy.

On Friday, October 20, participants are invited to take an interactive virtual tour of the exhibition with co-curators Stephanie Haboush Plunkett and Lenore D. Miller, and with Darin E. Johnson, founder and artistic director of American Theater for Puppetry Arts. On Saturday, October 21, a series of virtual talks and panel discussions will shed light on the many aspects of Sarg’s career—from his work as an illustrator and champion of the puppetry arts in America to his founding designs for Macy’s parade balloons and windows, involvement with two World’s Fairs, commercial whimsy and architectural projects, and legendary Nantucket Sea Monster Hoax. Sarg’s artistic legacy will also be explored by contemporary artists and performers who have also made their mark by combining artistry and skill with showmanship, canny innovation, and a keen desire to engage with the public.

Each ticket is an all-access pass to all Online Symposium events, and includes both Friday, October 20, 2023 and Saturday, October 21, 2023 programs. You will receive a ticket confirmation email immediately, and a follow-up email the week of October 16, 2023 with credentials to join the Friday and Saturday programs.

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October 20, 2023
October 21, 2023


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