July 20, 2010

Telling Stories

Fresh off a trip to Machu Picchu (more to come on MP in future posts), I spent a cold Thursday night catching up on stuff.  One of the highlights was stumbling across eight FREE podcasts from the Smithsonian American Art Museum about their latest exhibit "Telling Stories:  Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg"  Each podcast includes commentary by NR collectors Lucas and Spielberg.

Last summer we loaded up the car and took a week of vacation driving around the New England states.  There were so many beautiful landscapes, interesting museums, and small town coffee shops that made my highlight list.  The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts was one of the interesting museums we just happened to visit.  My mom had left it as a surprise knowing that NR is one my favorites, and as expected it did not disappoint.  Moving through each room was as if you were reading a collection of short stories.  The end of the visit resulted in great discussion about NR, the museum, and the paintings we had enjoyed the most.  Each one of us (mom, dad, my brother, and I) had experienced the museum differently and lingered at completely different paintings.

Here is a quote from Steven Spielberg about Norman Rockwell's paintings: 
"He draws you into that image and he invites you, once it makes an impression on you, to question why, simply question why. And as you answer your own question, there are clues throughout all of his paintings."

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