Rockwell Favorites: The Social Landscape of the American Experience

On view: January 22 – May 31, 2021
Location: Special Projects Gallery

In 2021, we are investigating how artists examine environments; not only the natural world or built landscapes, but also social and cultural environments. This exhibition presents visual markers of cultural identity that have been curated from the permanent collection.

Romare Bearden, The Conversation, 1979. Lithograph on paper, ed. 82/175, 18×25 inches. Clara S. Peck Fund. 2019.5

The cultural landscape of America has not always been reflected on the walls of museums.  It is not possible to accurately represent America without presenting the hundreds of distinct indigenous nations, the 400-year legacy of African American culture, our dynamic immigrant communities, and perspectives of women and LBGTQ+ individuals. The Rockwell’s collection development plan prioritizes these strategic areas of growth, ensuring that we continue to expand upon the breadth and depth of the American experience.

The artists featured in this gallery embody a diversity of perspectives. They engage with their own environments, bringing unique life experiences to their artistic practice. Through a variety of media including prints, paintings and sculpture, this exhibition addresses the interaction of humans with the living world and each other.

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