Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms i


New-York Historical Society New York, NY
June – August 2018

The Henry Ford Museum Dearborn, MI
October – December 2018

Venue announcement pending Washington, DC
February – April 2019

Norman Rockwell Museum Stockbridge, MA
June – August 2019

National Constitution Center Philadelphia, PA
October – December 2019

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX
February – April 2020

Mémorial de Caen Normandy, France
June – October 2020

Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms is the first comprehensive
traveling exhibition devoted to Norman Rockwell’s iconic depictions of Franklin Delano
Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want,
and Freedom from Fear. It illuminates both the historic context in which FDR articulated
the Four Freedoms and the role of Rockwell’s paintings in bringing them to life for millions
of people, rallying the public behind the War effort and changing the tenor of the times.
In telling the story of how Rockwell’s works were transformed from a series of paintings
into a national movement, the exhibition also demonstrates the power of illustration to
communicate ideas and inspire change.

In addition to his celebrated paintings of the Four Freedoms, the exhibition brings together
numerous other examples of painting, illustration, and more, by both Rockwell and a broad
range of his contemporaries—from J.C. Leyendecker and Mead Schaeffer, to Ben Shahn,
Dorothea Lange, and Gordon Parks, among others—as well as historical documents,
photographs, videos, and artifacts; interactive digital displays; and immersive settings. While
exploring the response of an earlier generation to the plea for defense of universal freedoms,
the exhibition also resonates with our own time.

ORGANIZATION

Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms and its international tour
are organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA. The exhibition is
co-curated by Stephanie Plunkett, Deputy Director/Chief Curator, Norman Rockwell
Museum, and James Kimble, Associate Professor of Communication, Seton Hall University.


  •  Freedom of Speech, Norman Rockwell. 1943. Oil on canvas, 45 ¾” x 35 ½” Story illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 20, 1943 From the permanent collection of Norman Rockwell Museum ©1943 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN


  • Freedom of Worship, Norman Rockwell. 1943. Oil on canvas, 46” x 35 ½” Story illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 27, 1943 From the permanent collection of Norman Rockwell Museum ©1943 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN



     Freedom from Fear, Norman Rockwell, 1943.; illustration for
    The Saturday Evening Post (c)SEPS, Curtis Licensing. Norman Rockwell Museum Collection




  • Freedom from Want, Norman Rockwell. 1943. Oil on canvas, 45 ¾ x 35 ½” Story illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, March 6, 1943 From the permanent collection of Norman Rockwell Museum ©1943 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN

The Problem We All Live With 
Norman Rockwell

Year 1964
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 91 cm × 150 cm (36 in × 58 in)
Location Norman Rockwell Museum[1], Stockbridge, Massachusetts