136- Christmas Trio

Table of Contents 1. Audio 2. Explore the Story 3. Cultural Connections [wpex more=”Read Audio Transcript” less=”Hide Audio Transcript”] [NARRATOR] This trio of mismatched musicians is straight out of the novels of Charles Dickens. When Rockwell was a child, his father would read Dickens aloud to the family. As he read, young Norman would draw the characters based on the …

138 – U.S. Army Teaches a Trade

Table of Contents 1. Audio 2. Explore the Story 3. Cultural Connections [wpex more=”Read Audio Transcript” less=”Hide Audio Transcript”] [NARRATOR] Rockwell’s career spanned both World Wars. Here we see an example of his government work right after World War I. In this army-recruiting poster, a handsome soldier learns to use the telegraph. Notice his distinctive, chiseled profile. Rockwell was inspired …

135 – Home for Christmas

Table of Contents 1. Audio 2. Video 3. Explore the Story 4. Cultural Connections [wpex more=”Read Audio Transcript” less=”Hide Audio Transcript”] [NARRATOR] If you’ve spent any time at all in Stockbridge, you’ll recognize the subject of this painting. [FITZPATRICK] The painting portrays what appears to be a very idealistic and almost make-believe village. But it’s not make-believe- it’s our real …

127 – Saying Grace

Table of Contents 1. Audio Some might think that Rockwell’s message here is to promote prayer. But he was much more interested in the reaction of the crowd. [KNUTSON] You have characters from a variety of different backgrounds … all watching this grandmother, and presumably her grandson, praying before a meal in a somewhat dilapidated restaurant. And nobody is looking …

132 – Runaway

Table of Contents 1. Audio 2. Video 3. Explore the Story 4. Cultural Connections [wpex more=”Read Audio Transcript” less=”Hide Audio Transcript”] [NARRATOR] In this scene, Rockwell includes one bright red object, to catch our eye. It’s the sack of the boy’s belongings—showing us that he’s a runaway. The pole in it points right at the kindly state trooper… and he …

156 – Golden Rule

Table of Contents 1. Video 2. Explore the Story 3. Cultural Connections < Back to Exhibition Table of Contents 1. Video 2. Explore the Story 3. Cultural Connections + View Fullscreen The flower in full bloom anticipates the young couple’s bright future just outside the window. The man’s arm wrapped around the woman’s waist indicates that he is ready to …

155 – The Lineman

Table of Contents 1. Audio 2. Explore the Story 3. Cultural Connections [wpex more=”Read Audio Transcript” less=”Hide Audio Transcript”] Dear Norman, The telephone company had their engineers check on our photographs. There are a number of changes which I suspect may require re-photographing the model. I am going to give the same changes to Mr. Essmee Smith, and if you …

130 – New Kids in the Neighborhood

Table of Contents 1. Audio 2. Video 3. Explore the Story 4. Cultural Connections [wpex more=”Read Audio Transcript” less=”Hide Audio Transcript”] [NARRATOR] Rockwell created “New Kids in the Neighborhood” for Look in 1967. It illustrated an article on housing desegregation. Two groups of children face each other across a driveway on moving day. [HENNESSEY] For many kids moving is very …