Mythic Adventure: Rockwellian Art & American Cultural Mythology

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Mythic Adventure: Rockwellian Art & American Cultural Mythology

Time: December 16, 2012 from 12pm to 2pm
Location: Crocker Art Museum
Street: 216 O Street
City/Town: Sacramento, CA
Website or Map:…
Event Type: art-museum-tour, archetypes/art, mythic-image
Organized By: Jeanne Andrews
Latest Activity: Dec 5, 2012

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"When the Soul wants to experience something she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it." ~ Meister Eckhart

Image: Norman Rockwell, “Girl at Mirror,” Cover illustration for “The Saturday Evening Post,”
March 6, 1954. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections ©1954: SEPS.

Join us as we explore the relationship between illustration and American cultural mythology when we attend the Crocker Art Museum's exhibition American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell.However you know him - popular commercial artist, beloved storyteller, and/or fine artist of works such as Four Freedoms and The Problems We Live With - this is a unique opportunity to realize the artist's use of archetypal images and their lasting impact in American culture.

  • We will meet in the cafeteria (non-reserved section) for a bite to eat and conversation at 12 pm for about 40 min. (giving everyone a chance to gather), and then we'll proceed to the exhibit.  Look for the table top Meetup sign.
  • This is a "pay what you wish" day at the Crocker, however those who wish to hear the self-tour audio program of the exhibit will need to pay $6.
  • Please allow 2 hours for this event.  The museum is open until 5 pm for those with time to explore further.
  • NOTE:  All highlighted texts are links.

Suggested Reading: "The Mythology of Archetypes" a Practical Campbell Essay by Stephen Gerringer, "ponders the presence of archetypes in myth, and what role these patterns might play in our own lives." It is temporarily posted on our web site, just click on the title.  All of the Practical Campbell Essays are available at for associates (which is free and easy, if you aren't one already).

Victoria Dalkey, Bee Art Correspondent concludes: "...[His] fame lives on through his mostly optimistic vision of the American scene. In some ways you might think of Rockwell and Andy Warhol as opposite sides of the same coin. Both were commercial artists, both examined American values and themes, both used humor and irony, and both are household names. Where Rockwell is affirmative, Warhol is dark-spirited. Both are American to their cores."


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