Roosevelt, Rockwell and the Four Freedoms: America’s Slow March from Isolation to Action
September 2 – November 13, 2011
Norman Rockwell’s iconic Four Freedoms series became a symbol to many Americans of what we were fighting for in World War II — freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear. These principles were first annunciated in Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union address and were indicative of the nation’s shifting mood from isolationism to action. This multimedia exhibit will explore FDR’s speech and Rockwell’s paintings as well as what these freedoms meant in 1941 and what they may mean to today’s Americans.
This special exhibit is on view in the Joe W. and D.D. Brown Foundation Special Exhibit Gallery — a 1,600 square foot space in which temporary exhibits, both in-house productions and traveling exhibits, on all aspects of the war are displayed.