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Although he is best known for his depictions of small-town America, Norman Rockwell was raised in New York City. Now the artist’s name will adorn a street sign in the metropolis. A renaming ceremony was officiated by Mayor Bill de Blasio Thursday at City Hall.

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On January 6, 1941 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s delivered his “Four Freedoms” speech to Congress as the nation grappled with entering World War II. Seventy five years later two area museums are commemorating the anniversary of ideals laid out by our nation’s longest-serving president.

  In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of The Four Freedoms, Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA will present an afternoon talk and performance tomorrow, January 6th that pays tribute to President Roosevelt’s speech and Rockwell’s paintings, which are on view and part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Starting at 1PM, members of the Berkshire Music School will have a performance of patriotic music from the World War II era. Following the music, the Museum’s Curator of Education Tom Daly will offer historical insight into both Roosevelt’s words and Rockwell’s paintings. 

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Video conferencing, fingerprint recognition and 3D movies seem pretty standard nowadays. But what about imagining these technological advances back in 1989? Well, that’s what the plot of Back to the Future II did when its characters traveled to 2015 — to today, October 21st, 2015. WAMC’s Jim Levulis tells us how one Berkshire destination plans to celebrate Future Day.

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  Norman Rockwell is still celebrated for his depiction of everyday life in America. As WAMC’s Jim Levulis found out when he met some of the people who posed for the Americana artist, the models are regular people to this day.

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  Norman Rockwell Museum is located on 36 park-like acres in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Rockwell’s hometown for the last 25 years of his life. Open year round, the Museum holds the world’s largest collection of original Rockwell art, as well as the artist’s original Stockbridge studio. Changing exhibitions feature the work of Rockwell and other contemporary and past masters in the field of illustration.  Enjoy the art of New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, on view through October 26. www.nrm.org

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  Roz Chast has loved to draw cartoons since she was a child growing up in Brooklyn and began selling cartoons to The New Yorker as soon as she submitted them in 1978. Her cartoons have also been published in many other magazines, she has illustrated several books and won many awards for her work.

In her first memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Chast brought her signature wit to the topic of aging parents.

The memoir and her other work is currently featured in an exhibition at The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA.

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A Norman Rockwell exhibit titled “We the Peoples” is now on display at the United Nations’ New York City headquarters. The exhibit honors the UN’s 70th anniversary by bringing together Rockwell’s 1952 charcoal drawing United Nations and his 1961 Golden Rule painting, on loan from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis spoke with the UN’s Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, of Sweden, who experienced Rockwell’s influence at an early age.

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Students from a New York City high school who are petitioning legislators in the Big Apple to name a street after Norman Rockwell are visiting the famed artist’s museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts Thursday.

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  As school vacation week wraps up for many kids in the region, the Norman Rockwell Museum is hosting a talk by an artist who has depicted many historical American events.

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Presidents’ Day is largely known for car and furniture sales and for some a day off from work or school. If you’re looking for something to do a timely exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum features portraits of people who once aspired to the White House.

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Despite the bitter cold temperatures heading into Valentine’s Day, a painting at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts is sure to warm some hearts.

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A lecture this weekend at the Norman Rockwell Museum will highlight the area’s connections to the Harlem Renaissance. Artwork from students at the Berkshire School also will be on display.

  Many noted American modernists have successfully traversed the worlds of fine art and illustration, embracing innovation while satisfying in unique and personal ways the needs and wants of a broad popular audience.

The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator is currently on display at The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA through October 26th. The exhibition presents a unique and comprehensive study of the little-known twenty year illustration career of the realist master.

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This past December, a camera crew got up close and personal with famous paintings in the Berkshires without putting the prized pieces of work in jeopardy. What was captured on camera will hit television screens across the country.

  The Norman Rockwell Museum announced big news this week – they have nearly doubled its collection of American illustration art with a new gift from the Famous Artists School of Westport, Connecticut.

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Members of the Norman Rockwell family are angered over a biography of the painter published earlier this year.

    Wendell Minor is considered one of our nation’s premier historical illustrators. He travels throughout the United States to research, draw and paint on location, and immerse himself in the subject at hand.

The Norman Rockwell Museum is celebrating the artist’s four-decade career, highlighting his many cover illustrations and 25th anniversary illustrating children’s books, each inspired by his love of history, art, science, and the natural world. Wendell Minor’s America is on view at the museum through May 26, 2014.

The exhibit traces the Minor’s artistic journey through original artwork, artifacts, and references from his expansive visual chronicles, as well as commentary about his collaborations with our nation’s most prominent authors, scientists, and historians.

  In American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell, a biographer and art critic Deborah Solomon draws on a wealth of unpublished letters and documents to explore the relationship between Rockwell’s despairing personality and his genius for reflecting America’s brightest hopes.

Although derided by critics in his lifetime as a mere illustrator whose work could not compete with that of the Abstract Expressionists and other modern art movements, Rockwell has since attracted a passionate following in the art world.

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Governor Deval Patrick made stops in western Massachusetts today announcing investments in cultural facilities.

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Despite their reputation as repositories for the past, many regional museums are embracing technology to adapt to the 21st century.

“One of the things that museums are challenged with is to assert our relevance in a modern era," said Betsy Feathers, the Research and Grants Officer at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield.

    This summer Norman Rockwell Museum pays tribute to Walt Disney, another American icon of the 20th Century, with a special exhibition celebrating the 75th anniversary of the acclaimed visual storyteller’s first feature-length animated film. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic” will be on view at the Museum through October 27, 2013.

The exhibition celebrates Walt Disney’s vision and the artistry of his dedicated staff, illustrating how they shaped and defined an entirely new American art form through their creation of this groundbreaking film.

Joining us is exhibit Curator and Creative Director of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, Lella Smith who guides a staff of 24 in exhibiting, archiving, and digitizing the library’s collections. We also welcome, the Chief Curator for the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stephanie Plunkett.