WAG Presents First Retrospective Exhibition in Canada of Beloved American Artist Norman Rockwell

An iconic solo exhibition of internationally renowned artist Norman Rockwell is coming to the WAG, the only Canadian venue. American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell opens March 2, continuing until May 20. The exhibition features over 40 major paintings, the complete set of 323 Saturday Evening Post tear-sheet covers, and a group of rarely seen preparatory works and artifacts – all from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

“This historic touring exhibition is the first ever major retrospective of Rockwell’s paintings in Canada,” says Director Stephen Borys. “The show is attracting significant crowds on its American circuit, such as at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, which saw over 106,000 visitors. This is your chance to view this important exhibition and take in an exciting array of related programs and events, the details of which can all be viewed at rockwell.wag.ca, a new micro-website launched today, dedicated to the show.”

One of the most popular American artists of the past century, Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) chronicled our changing society in the small details and nuanced scenes of ordinary people in everyday life, providing a personalized interpretation—often an idealized one—of American identity. Rockwell’s contributions to our visual legacy, many of them now icons of North American culture, have found a permanent place in our psyche. His images tell stories that still resonate today, reminding us what is important in our lives.

Produced through the Norman Rockwell Museum and made possible by the Mauro Family Foundation Inc., audio guides narrated by Rockwell’s son Peter are included with Gallery admission. Peter Rockwell will also be in Winnipeg in late April presenting two talks (April 25 & 27) and a tour (April 25) in conjunction with the show. Visitors will enjoy an interactive zone set up in the Galleries, complete with a life sized Saturday Evening Post cover backdrop, and the chance to relax in period furniture provided by Lindsey Steek & Company. Youth ages 18 and under are invited to enter the Rockwell Art Contest by designing a magazine cover, the winner of which will have their design featured in the Winnipeg Free Press. The public can even Adopt-A-Rockwell to pay tribute to someone special like never before.

Under the honourary patronage of Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Gary Doer, the exhibition is made possible through the support of the Embassy of the United States of America and presenting sponsor, Border Glass & Aluminum Ltd.

Admission to American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell: WAG Member $6 • Adult $18 • Senior (60+)/Student $16 • Family (up to 2 adults and 4 children under 18) $40 • Child (5 and under) Free

For related programs and events visit rockwell.wag.ca and for updates, follow #WAGrockwell on Twitter. American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell is organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum and made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, American Masterpieces Program. Media Sponsorship provided by the Curtis Publishing Company and the Norman Rockwell Estate Licensing Company. Conservation support provided by the Stockman Family Foundation. Sponsors: Lindsey Steek & Company, Ricoh, Manitoba Blue Cross, and Sigurdson McFadden Benefits & Pensions. Media Sponsors: Winnipeg Free Press, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, CJOB, CTV and Prairie Public Broadcasting.

 

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For information, please contact:

Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Communications and Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery
204.789.1767
communications-manager@wag.ca
 

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