Alfred Eisenstaedt is to photography in America’s
mid-century, middle class as his similar time frame peer Norman Rockwell was to
painting/illustration. Works of both icons are currently on exhibition at one
end of the country to the other.
|Norman Rockwell photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1974 for Life Magazine|
NORMAN ROCKWELL “For the People:
Memories of the Old Corner House,” April 27, through October 27, 2019,
From its humble beginnings in the
historic Old Corner House in downtown Stockbridge in 1969, the Norman Rockwell
Museum has grown into a vital center which informs the public of Norman
Rockwell’s life and career while showcasing the history of American illustration
through its ever-growing collection of work by Rockwell and other artists. The
original sign from the Old Corner House which promised “Norman Rockwell
Paintings” inside will be displayed amongst photographs of the original Museum
staff and Rockwell family members, and video diaries of visitors, models, and
staff present during that seminal year.
|Norman Rockwell at the Corner House|
Visitors and community members are
invited to share their stories and memories of the early Corner House days or
just wishing the Museum a Happy 50th Anniversary by posting their story on
social media using the hashtag #NRM50 and we will post select on the website.
ALFRED EISENSTAEDT “Life and Legacy,”
through July 14, 2019, San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA.
Drawing from over 350 photographs by the famed
photojournalist in The San Diego Museum of Art’s broad photographic collection,
this exhibition explores Eisenstaedt’s observations on society from a variety
of his assignments with Life magazine.
One of the most recognized photojournalists of the
twentieth century, Alfred Eisenstaedt (born Dirschau, West Prussia, 1898–1995)
was a master of candid photography whose widely published work informed and
amused millions of Americans. Capturing sincere expressions and natural
behaviors, this selection of gelatin silver prints conveys Eisenstaedt’s
intimate and thoughtful impressions of a variety of social subjects from 1930
to the 1950s. These decades, known today
as “The Golden Age of Photojournalism,” were an exciting and prolific period
for the format, fueled by the popularity of image-heavy publications like Life.
The groundbreaking magazine featured large, high quality photographs on topics
that ranged from major world news to human curiosities, and reached a
substantial number of readers each week. As a member of Life’s staff from its
first issue in 1936 until it ceased regular publication in 1972, Eisenstaedt
contributed over 2,500 photo-essays and ninety-two cover photos. In a time
before television was commonplace, these photographs were instrumental in
forming readers’ views of the world and exposing them to people, places, and
lifestyles they could not otherwise visualize. With an inherently optimistic
and affectionate perspective, Eisenstaedt’s most famous images continue to hold
a significant place in cultural memory.
|San Diego Museum of Art, where current |
Eisenstaedt photo exhibition is being held through July 14
|Rockwell above, Eisenstaedt below|