Norman Rockwell Museum is keeping it “real” this summer. On view through October 30, Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World looks at the schism that developed between realist and abstract art, which relegated narrative painting—and especially illustration—to a lesser status in mid-twentieth century America. With its nod to artist Jackson Pollock’s drip painting, Norman Rockwell’s rarely seen Connoisseur forms the centerpiece of the exhibition, which includes over 40 artists—from modernists to realists to illustrators—including: Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth, Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Alice Neel, Roy Lichtenstein, Anita Kunz, Jeffrey Koons, Jasper Johns, and Bo Bartlett. In conjunction with the show, the Museum will present a Thursday evening lecture and performance series during the months of July and August, starting at 5:30 p.m. The exhibition is generously sponsored by TD Bank.
Also on view, Build a Better Baby Carriage is a sculpture exhibition inspired by the 100th anniversary of Rockwell’s first Saturday Evening Post cover, Boy with Baby Carriage. Visitors can enjoy these whimsical displays, created by contemporary sculptors, on the Museum’s bucolic 36-acre campus, which overlooks the Berkshire Hills and Housatonic River. Tours of the exhibition and historic grounds (once lived on by both nineteenth-century lawyer Charles Butler and NASA astronaut Story Musgrave) will be offered every Thursday at 2 p.m. through October. Grab a bite on the Museum’s outdoor terrace or bring your own picnic!
Those looking to further unwind are invited to join Kripalu certified yoga instructor Kathi Hatch for beginner yoga sessions at the Museum on Wednesdays through September, starting at 5:15 p.m. If art is more your speed, enroll in a number of summer art workshops for adults and teens, with acclaimed artists and educators.
There’s always something new to see at Norman Rockwell Museum. Visit www.nrm.org for more details.