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Norman Rockwell comes to life Thursday night at MoA

Select paintings featured in the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale’s American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell exhibition will “come to life” during the Night at the Museum event. Actors from the Inside Out Theatre Company and Nova Southeastern University students will be in character to re-create scenes from Norman Rockwell paintings. The actors, who will be situated in the Museum’s galleries next to the paintings they will portray, will interact with Museum visitors.

A few of the paintings brought to life will be:

  • Checkers – A clown will be playing checkers with others dressed as circus performers. Visitors will play checkers against the clown.
  • Christmas Trio – Three Christmas carolers will be singing; visitors can sing along.
  • Merrie Christmas – A plump, jolly man will tell holiday stories.
  • Art Critic – The critic will make comments about paintings and ask visitors’ opinions.

Other paintings portrayed will be A Scout is Helpful, Brass Merchant, and Girl Reading the Post.

Museum visitors are also invited to dress in Rockwell character costumes for the event.

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell is a major retrospective of Norman Rockwell’s work throughout his 65-year career. The exhibition, presented by AutoNation and The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., features works from the Norman Rockwell Museum’s collections, including his greatest oil paintings and preparatory sketches, as well as archival photographs and documents that illustrate his artistic process.

One of the most popular American artists of the 20th century, Rockwell (1894-1978), was a keen observer of human nature and a gifted storyteller, and chronicled the changing American society through nuanced scenes of ordinary people in everyday life.

Organized by Norman Rockwell Museum, American Chronicles has been generously supported by an American Masterpieces Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Curtis Publishing Company, the Norman Rockwell Estate Licensing Company, the Stockman Family Foundation Trust, and a private corporate foundation. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue featuring in-depth scholarship by longtime Curator of Rockwell Collections Linda Szekely Pero.


Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009

6-9 p.m.


Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale

One East Las Olas Boulevard at Andrews Avenue


Night at the Museum is free with admission to American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. Individual tickets for American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell are $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors 65+, and $8 for students ages 6-17. Group rates available for groups of 10 or more by calling

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Dec 16 2009. Filed under Art, Broward County, Culture, Events, Fort Lauderdale, Local news. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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