Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom
features illustrations that have been cemented into American culture for many years. The exhibition is historic, focusing on events that helped shape America from the Great Depression through the Civil Rights era and the role that popular illustration had in people’s response to those events. Even today, these illustrations remind us of where American values are rooted.
Pops Peterson is one of the contemporary artists whose work expands upon some of the themes explored in Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom
. In this wide-ranging Q&A with us, he discusses his creative process, his connections to Rockwell, and much more. Read on and then see Rockwell's work and Peterson's Freedom From What? (I Can't Breathe)
in the exhibition through September 7.
There seem to be so many parallels between your life and Rockwell’s.
As part of Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom
we're asking people to share their thoughts about freedom and change using #FourFreedomsToday. In the following Q&A, artist Pops Peterson weighs in on the subject. See Rockwell's work and Peterson's Freedom From What? (I Can't Breathe)
in the exhibition through September 7.
How do you imagine freedom?
As a child, “freedom” was a bad word to me. Because you couldn’t imagine freedom without also imagining slavery, which was the shame of the “Negro” (a word we embraced as our own in those days).
On July 7, 2020, Gates Family Foundation Curator Timothy J. Standring, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum Stephanie Plunkett, and artist Pops Peterson (whose work Freedom from What?
Ready for a deeper dive into Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom
? The following resources give more insight and expand on the ideas covered in the show:
Did you know our visitor guide to the exhibition also includes the labels on the gallery walls? It also includes a family game to use with children during your visit.
Untitled: Creative Fusion at Home-July 31, 7 pm
Livestreaming on the Denver Art Museum's YouTube channel
Join artists Ramon Bonilla and Brenton Weyi for Untitled: Creative Fusions from the comfort of your home.
Danielle SeeWalker is Hunkpapa Lakota from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota, where she was born and raised. She is an artist, writer, activist, and “boymom” of two, based in Denver, Colorado. She likes to experiment and use mixed media within her artwork while incorporating traditional Native American materials, scenes, and messaging.
At the Denver Art Museum, our local creative community includes some of our most inspirational collaborators. From Untitled: Creative Fusions, to our Creative-in-Residence program, to weekend demonstrations in the Studio, local artists are integral to DAM programs.
Because of COVID-19 health and safety requirements, our interactive Studio is currently closed and artist demos that used to happen in the Studio are moving online.
Rhythm & Ritual: Music of the Ancient Americas
se inauguró en la ubicación física del Museo de las Américas. Esta exposición se presenta en colaboración con el Denver Art Museum y muestra instrumentos musicales que fueron creados de 1000 a. C a 1530 d. C. y que provienen de la colección de arte de la América antigua.
Excerpts of poems graced the walls of Natural Forces
as a way to layer in other voices of the time period to give a richer context of the American experience. For Americans living in the 19th century especially, poetry was a pervasive part of their lives and served as an important way to engage in political and cultural discourses.
Like so many places, the Denver Art Museum’s day-to-day operations have shifted drastically in recent months. While some of our staff have been working from home—planning, researching, designing, collaborating, producing, and more—members of our facilities and protective services teams continued diligent work onsite to ensure the cleanliness of the museum’s buildings and the safety and preservation of the art inside.
We’ve seen various types of heroes emerge in all sectors of the community during the past months.
For many of our staff members, music can often be the key ingredient in getting the creative juices flowing. But we were curious: is the same true for artists?
We turned to one of our local favorites, Suzy Savoy, for answers and asked her what music has helped her to get into the creative mindset during quarantine.
We've all had to find ways to pass the time and stay connected to our passions while at home these past few weeks. For many of us, myself included, that's meant turning to movies and television as a source of inspiration and comfort.
I began by binge-watching far too many seasons of Project Runway
—to better understand the creative process, I told myself—but I decided I need a real
art fix. I've always loved delving into the lives and stories of the artists behind the Denver Art Museum's exhibitions.