2022 05 19
Stephanie Plunkett: Norman Rockwell, illustrating Lincoln
Skylight gallery
E V E N T

D A T E

May 19, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

L O C A T I O N

Skylight gallery

S P O N S O R S

Salmagundi Library Committee
Chesterwood: the historic home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French

A D M I S S I O N

Open to the public; up to 100 people
Eventbrite tickets required

$15 | Non-member admission
FREE | Salmagundi & affiliate members with promo code
Salmagundi members will receive their promo code via email for discounted admission. The promo code may also be requested by emailing info@salmagundi.org


For waiting list, please contact Alexander Katlan at (718) 445-7458 or alexkatlan@aol.com

A B O U T   T H E   E V E N T

No other statesman appears more in Norman Rockwell’s work than Abraham Lincoln who is featured in eight of the artist’s paintings between 1927 and 1964. Rockwell enjoyed painting Lincoln, not only as an affirmation of his private views but also because of the complexity of painting Lincoln’s face. In later years, Rockwell publicly stated that he believed Lincoln to be the greatest American.

Join Deputy Director/Chief Curator Stephanie Haboush Plunkett for a lively discussion of Rockwell’s portrayals of America’s sixteenth president in honor of the Lincoln Memorial’s centennial. The Lincoln Memorial Illustrated, a Norman Rockwell Museum exhibition organized in collaboration with Chesterwood, the summer home and studio of sculptor Daniel Chester French, will also be explored. A native New Yorker, Rockwell often returned to New York for business and pleasure, and was a proud member of the Salmagundi Club.

A B O U T   T H E   S P E A K E R

Stephanie Haboush Plunkett is the Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum. She is the curator of many exhibitions relating to Norman Rockwell and the art of illustration, including Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms, which traveled across the nation and internationally. She leads the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, the first scholarly institute devoted to the study of illustration art. The Shifting Postwar Marketplace: Illustration in the United States and Canada, 1940-1970 in History of Illustration, and Drawing Lessons from the Famous Artists School: Classic Techniques and Expert Tips from the Golden Age of Illustration are recent publications. She is currently at work on Norman Rockwell: Drawings, 1911 to 1973, published by Abbeville Press.

N O R M A N   R O C K W E L L   M U S E U M

Dedicated to the art of illustration in all its variety, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, holds the largest and most significant collection of art and archival materials relating to the life and work of Norman Rockwell. The Museum also preserves, interprets, and exhibits a growing collection of original illustration art by noted American illustrators. The Norman Rockwell Museum’s Art and Archival Collections inspire a vibrant exhibition program, national/international traveling exhibitions, engaging arts and humanities programs, and wide-ranging Virtual Museum experiences. The Museum’s collections, made accessible worldwide, are a comprehensive resource relating to Norman Rockwell and the art of illustration, and the evolving role of published imagery in society.

Since its inception, the Museum has explored the impact of published images and their role in shaping and reflecting our world. Dedication to a deepened understanding of the art of illustration within historical, literary, and cultural contexts has led to the formation of the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies. The first of its kind in the nation, this growing research institute supports sustained scholarship relating to published imagery and the emerging field of Illustration Studies through fellowships, symposia, and an ever-growing Illustration History website.

Norman Rockwell (1894–1978)
The Law Student, 1927
Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 19, 1927
Oil on canvas
Norman Rockwell Museum Collection, NRM.1979.04
©1927 SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN. All rights reserved.
Norman Rockwell (1894–1978)
The Long Shadow of Lincoln, 1945
Illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 10, 1945
Tearsheet
Norman Rockwell Museum Collection
©1945 SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN. All rights reserved.