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Sunday, June 30, 2019


Norman Rockwell photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1974 for Life Magazine
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 “For the People: Memories of the Old Corner House,” April 27, through October 27, 2019, Stockbridge, MA.

Norman Rockwell at the Corner House
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.

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. Click here.

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.

San Diego Museum of Art, where current
Eisenstaedt photo exhibition is being held through July 14
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.  Click here.

Rockwell above, Eisenstaedt below

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