Telling Stories, based on the Rockwell collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, is the first major exhibition to explore in-depth the connections between Norman Rockwell’s iconic images of American life and the movies. Two of America’s best-known modern filmmakers—George Lucas and Steven Spielberg—recognized a kindred spirit in Rockwell and formed significant collections of his work. Rockwell’s paintings and the films of Lucas and Spielberg evoke love of country, small town values, children growing up, unlikely heroes, acts of imagination and life’s ironies.
Telling Stories Norman Rockwell book (seen below) accompanies an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and was written by Mecklenburg with a contribution by Todd McCarthy, a film critic for Variety.
Within Rockwell’s art, the fantasies and foibles of ordinary people are given life, central among them the themes of love of country, the sanctity of family, and the value of personal honor.
A 12-minute film, co-produced by the museum and filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau, will be shown continuously in the exhibition galleries. It features interviews with Lucas and Spielberg that reveal their insights into Rockwell’s art and why certain works appealed to them.
You can see a portion of the exhibit for Telling Stories Norman Rockwell here.
The exhibition runs through January 2, 2011 at the American Art Museum.