Traveling Exhibit of Norman Rockwell’s Depiction of the “Four Freedoms”
Enduring Ideas: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms is the first comprehensive touring exhibition devoted to Norman Rockwell’s iconic depictions of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. The website of the Norman Rockwell Museum provides a wealth of information about the traveling exhibit, including the 2019 venues. Visitors to The Henry Ford museum (the opening venue) will be able to explore the exhibition in a whole new way using virtual reality: they can explore different themes of the exhibition by jumping into the depictions of each of the Four Freedoms. The website also presents an Interactive Timeline that relates important events and milestones relevant to the exhibition, from the period of the early 1930s through today. The events on the timeline are tracked across three categories: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Norman Rockwell, and world events. The website’s Sights and Sounds feature lets students reimagine the Four Freedoms through video and other media, including “Speeches of Freedom,” a video of the virtual-reality experience of the “Four Freedoms” on view at The Henry Ford.
Plus: The Norman Rockwell Museum invites teachers, students, and anyone else who’s interested to join a conversation on social media by sharing their thoughts on what the Four Freedoms mean to them using the hashtag #FourFreedomsToday. Participants in the conversation may then be selected to be featured in the traveling exhibition and on the exhibition website.
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