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Exploring the Four Freedoms

October 23 EDT

Free – $10

Join three Imagining Freedom catalogue authors – outstanding scholars who bring little-known aspects of the Four Freedoms and Rockwell’s famed paintings into view. What did they stand for in their time? How did they shape perception and generate support for the war effort? Who were they speaking to and who was left out? What do they mean to us today?

Commentators include:

Allida Black, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Millner Center/UVA and historian and advisor to Hillary Clinton (Eleanor Roosevelt & the Declaration of Human Rights: The Four Freedoms in Action).

D.B. Dowd, Professor of Art and American Culture Studies, Washington University in St. Louis (Essay title: Everyman, Meet Somebody: Characterization & Melodrama in Rockwell’s Four Freedoms).

James McCabe, Chief Collections Manager, The Henry Ford Museum (Essay title: Changing the Conversation in Detroit: Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms & the Four Freedoms War Bonds Show).

Join illustrators, authors and scholars for this series of programs in conversation about historical and contemporary notions of freedom, and the role of imagery to shape public perception, decision-making and cultural narratives. Each event will explore a different aspect of aspirational ideals Americans continue to work toward within the framework of democracy. Enjoy one program or participate in them all!

The program will stream for free on the NRM website and the Museum’s social media pages, but you can upgrade your experience for just $10 (free for NRM Members) and gain access to an exclusive Q&A with panelists not available on the free livestream. The link and instructions will be emailed to you approximately 4 hours prior to the program. It’s not too late to reserve your upgraded experience!


October 23
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $10
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(516) 571-8040


Norman Rockwell Museum


Central / Western, Mass.
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