We first went to the NRM in 2004 and I was amazed. The exhibits focused on Rockwell and on the social and political implications of his work and was very well organized to make the importance of his contributions clear. I had always thought of Rockwell as a talented painter who made a lot of money painting cute pictures and was surprised to learn there was much more depth to his work.
Because our first visit was so eye-opening, we returned in 2013. This time around a lot of his work was apparently out on loan. There was a large display for the drawings going into Disney’s Snow White and for Rockwell’s son’s work as an artist, neither one of which was our motivation for going. The Rockwell paintings that were exhibited did not have any noticeable theme. From the curated talk and the layout I came away with the impression Rockwell was a very clever illustrator for magazine covers. I don’t think that does him justice. If you go, make sure the exhibits are about Rockwell’s work and not a smattering of other displays.
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