The Largest Public Collection in America
For an art museum to collect illustration would have seemed absurd as few as 30 years ago. Today, however, you may find prime examples in every illustrious collection no matter how elite the address. If art is the reflection of the human experience, then it should follow that museums have examples of finely crafted works by society’s best storytellers. It is the story and the image that we pass on to succeeding generations which reminds us of who we are as a culture.
The Golden Age of American Illustration saw the rise of the illustrator as a type of a seer who could evoke charm, sentimentality, morality, bring people to their feet to act, or settle them into a state of contentment; and do so all through (static) visual images reproduced on the covers of magazines or in ads within the pages of such.
Norman Rockwell is America’s greatest Story teller. He regularly contributed his bank of images to the covers of the Saturday Evening Post and promoted the America that he wished would be rather than the America that was. Today his work is appreciated by the art world as a type of genre painting tinged with a unique blend of nostalgia for everyday life of a by-gone era.
This large collection of signed and numbered, limited edition collotypes and stone lithographs brings some of the most famous covers to life. The MMAA collection of Rockwell works is on view ten months of every year. (not available in October or November)