Norman Rockwell Museum

Andy Warhol meets Norman Rockwell

James Warhola remembers his Uncle Andy in his uncle’s first New York apartment, sketching high-heeled shoes for an advertisement in the New York Times. He would ink the drawing and blot it, a technique he would use later in his artwork. When his uncle first painted a Campbell’s soup can, Warhola says, he thought it…

10×10 Festival heats up

Drum beats and improvisation, bonfires, dance, oil paintings and spoken word … the city is getting ready. As I revise the poem I’m working on for the WordxWord Project on Friday, Pittsfield is preparing for its annual 10 days of performance and art — with tacos. And chocolate. WordxWord has intived me to be part of an…

Harvey Dunn from the plains to the trenches

He was a tall, powerful man, and he knew how to work. He could plough from dawn to dark and stack full grain stacks faster than two hired men together. Lynn Verschoor, director of the South Dakota Art Museum, and Jodi Lundgren, curator at the museum, have talked with people who knew artist Harvey Dunn…

Norman Rockwell and the news

Imagine what it would be like if newspapers today commissioned paintings to run on their color pages? In honor of throwback Thursday, I offer a question I first asked in a column on Jan. 8, 2009. I have visited the Norman Rockwell Museum many times since then, often on the track of a story. But then it…