The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies was recently created as an outreach of the Norman Rockwell Museum to lend scholarly insight to imagery in the popular culture.
Curator Joyce Schiller has written a series of essays that analyze various images, including one of Rockwell’s April Fool’s covers for the Saturday Evening Post.
Rockwell painted this 11-inch-square image in 1943 with 45 deliberate errors as a response to the finicky letters he received from fans. That didn’t stop the letters from coming; Rockwell commented that he received a letter from South America noting 184 mistakes.
The RockwellCenter.org website has other picture-related essays, including:
The Child, A Calendar
A Hungry Bear
Illustrating an Artist-type
The website also presents the mission of projectNORMAN, the new collecting strategies, the scholar’s program, and an image gallery.
Previously on GJ: The Rockwell Center announcement.