Norman Rockwell’s iconic depictions of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s great goals for American democracy are the subject of a new exhibition at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation: Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms.
On Saturday, Nov. 3, THF Teacher Fellow and retired art teacher, Shirley Hazlett, will discuss Rockwell’s approach to portraits referencing the many faces found in the Freedom of Worship painting, a detail from which is pictured above. The special program is from noon–3 p.m.
Born amid the turmoil of World War II, the Four Freedoms have since become one of its greatest legacies, a testament to the importance of human rights and dignity. Brought forward by one of America’s greatest presidents and immortalized by one of its most beloved artists, the Four Freedoms continue to inspire, resonating across generations as strongly today as they did in their time.
Organized by Norman Rockwell Museum, Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms is the first comprehensive traveling exhibition devoted to Rockwell’s iconic depictions of Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to see the Four Freedoms paintings together in addition to other works by Rockwell and his contemporaries alongside immersive interactive digital displays and virtual-reality technology.
As a special part of the exhibition, The Henry Ford hosted An Evening with Ruby Bridges on Nov. 1. Ms. Bridges is the real-life inspiration behind Norman Rockwell’s iconic painting, “The Problem We All Live With.”
On Saturday, Nov. 3, THF Teacher Fellow and retired art teacher, Shirley Hazlett, discussed Rockwell’s approach to portraits referencing the many faces found in the Freedom of Worship painting, a detail from which is pictured above.