141 – Conclusion of Tour

< Back to Exhibition Photo Credit: Norman Rockwell Museum (2015) Table of Contents 1. Audio Read Audio Transcript PETER ROCKWELL: In 1977, my father was presented the Presidential Medal of Honor for his life’s work. He died the next year, at his home in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He was 84. For decades, people asked Rockwell whether there was one image he …

140 – Saturday Evening Post Covers

Photo Credit: Norman Rockwell Museum (2015) Table of Contents 1. Audio Read Audio Transcript PETER ROCKWELL: In this area, we’ve gathered every one of my father’s Saturday Evening Post covers. There are three hundred and twenty-three of them, to be exact. Take your time to explore and enjoy this collection. STEPHANIE PLUNKETT: Rockwell worked for the Saturday Evening Post for …

139 – The Final Impossibility

< Back to Exhibition Table of Contents 1. Audio Read Audio Transcript [NARRATOR] Over his 65-year career, Rockwell was in the unique position to cover many of the major events of the 20th century — from Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic, to Neil Armstrong stepping on the moon. Rockwell covered the space race for Look. Ever the perfectionist, he traveled …

224 – Baby Sitter With Screaming Infant

Table of Contents 1. Audio Read Audio Transcript [NARRATOR] Ever had to baby-sit? Did you have fun like this girl? She brought her homework with her. but she’s not getting much done. Look at the book she’s reading instead. I’m not sure they’ve got the right hint for this baby. Look on the arm of the chair, for the white …

223 – Game Called Because of Rain (Tough Call)

Table of Contents 1. Audio Read Audio Transcript [NARRATOR] Now, you can’t play baseball if its raining, so these three umpires are out on the field trying to decide whether to stop the game. Look at the faces on them. To be an umpire you’ve gotta be pretty tough–they’re always arguing with baseball players who aren’t happy with the decisions …

137 – Tom Sawyer Whitewashing the Fence

< Back to Exhibition Table of Contents 1. Audio Read Audio Transcript [NARRATOR] In 1935, Rockwell was commissioned to illustrate new editions of Mark Twain’s classics, “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn.” In this scene, Tom whitewashes a fence. He’s enticing his friend to take over this dreaded chore by pretending it’s the most fascinating thing he’s ever done. Look closely …

134 – Fruit of the Vine

< Back to Exhibition Table of Contents 1. Audio Read Audio Transcript [NARRATOR] The golden light from the window casts a holy glow upon this domestic scene. Rockwell painted this canvas around 1930 as an advertisement for Sun-Maid Raisins. Seventeenth-century painters like Rembrandt and Vermeer had a profound impact on Rockwell. [KNUTSON] I love this painting, because it’s so Vermeer …

124 – Christmas Eve in Bethlehem

< Back to Exhibition Table of Contents 1. Audio Read Audio Transcript PETER ROCKWELL: This painting illustrated an article in a 1970 issue of Look magazine called “Uneasy Christmas in the Birthplace of Christ.” What we’re seeing is the annual Christmas Eve procession at the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The Basilica was built on the site where Jesus …

123 – JFK’s Bold Legacy

Table of Contents 1. Audio Read Audio Transcript PETER ROCKWELL: This image, from 1966, marked the fifth anniversary of the Peace Corps, and appeared on the cover of Look magazine. We see a group of young people of all races. These are the Peace Corps volunteers, who travel abroad to assist developing countries. Most of the models were actual volunteers. …

121 – Lublin Redesigning the Post

Table of Contents 1. Audio Read Audio Transcript STEPHANIE PLUNKETT: What we’re seeing in this image is … a portrait of a very famous American graphic designer named Herb Lubalin, … seen here actually designing a new masthead for the Saturday Evening Post in 1961. … They were trying to find ways to attract new and old advertisers back to …