One of the most popular American artists of the past century, Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) was a keen observer of human nature and a gifted storyteller. Rockwell’s contributions to our visual legacy, many of them now icons of American culture, have found a permanent place in our national psyche. For nearly seven decades, while history was in the making all around him, Rockwell chronicled our changing society in the small details and nuanced scenes of ordinary people in everyday life, providing a personalized interpretation—albeit often an idealized one—of American identity. His depictions offered a reassuring visual haven during a time of momentous transformation as our country evolved into a complex, modern society. Rockwell’s contributions to our visual legacy, many of them now icons of American culture, have found a permanent place in our national psyche.
Admission to American Chronicles is free, but due to the anticipated popularity of the exhibition, tickets will be required. Patrons can reserve tickets online in advance at rockwell.byu.edu, starting November 10. Standby tickets will also be available on-site at the BYU Museum of Art on the day of admittance.
You will be able to select a date and time for your tickets as you reserve them online, and the Museum will email your tickets for you to print out at home.
This exhibition has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum.
Guest Lecture: Ruby Bridges
Thursday, November 19 | 7 PM
Ruby Bridges’, an important figure in American Civil Rights history, will share her story and personal experiences of the critical era of American Civil Rights in the 1960s. She is featured in Rockwell’s painting The Problem We All Live With.
Rockwell Christmas Party
Friday, December 4 | 7 – 10 PM
Enjoy a festive, Rockwell-inspired Christmas party at the BYU MOA on Friday, December 4, from 7 – 10 PM.