Norman Rockwell Museum Explores ‘The Pullman Porter: Norman Rockwell’s Boy in Dining Car’

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Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), “Boy in Dining Car,” 1946. Oil on canvas. Painting for “The Saturday Evening Post” cover, December 7, 1946. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections. ©SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) — Norman Rockwell Museum will present The Pullman Porter: Norman Rockwell’s ‘Boy in Dining Car’, a talk and brunch to be held on Sunday, January 17, at 11 am. Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, the Museum’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator, will take an in-depth look at Norman Rockwell’s 1946 Saturday Evening Post cover, “Boy in Dining Car,” in time for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

For more than a century, African American Pullman porters were a part of American train travel. Ms. Plunkett will explore the history of the Pullman porter, and look behind the scenes at Rockwell’s process behind one of his most iconic works. The talk is being presented as part of the museum’s “Food for Thought: Curatorial Perspectives” series, and will include a continental brunch.

Admission to the event costs $20, $15 for museum members, and includes museum admission.

Norman Rockwell Museum holds the largest and most significant collection of art and archival materials relating to the life and work of Norman Rockwell. The Museum also preserves, interprets, and exhibits a growing collection of original illustration art by noted American illustrators, from historical to contemporary. The Norman Rockwell Museum Art Collection and Norman Rockwell Archive inspire a vibrant year-round exhibition program, national traveling exhibitions, and arts and humanities programs that engage diverse audiences. The collections, which are made accessible worldwide, are a comprehensive resource relating to Norman Rockwell and the art of illustration, the role of published imagery in society, and the American twentieth century.

Since its inception, Norman Rockwell Museum has explored the impact of illustrated images and their role in shaping and reflecting our world through changing exhibitions, publications, and programs. Dedication to a deepened understanding of the art of illustration has led to the formation of the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies. The first of its kind in the nation, this research institute supports sustained scholarship and establishes Norman Rockwell Museum’s leadership in the vanguard of preservation and interpretation relating to this important aspect of American visual culture.

Norman Rockwell Museum is located on 36 park-like acres in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Rockwell’s hometown for the last 25 years of his life. The Museum is open year-round; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. From May through October, hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; from November through April, hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays. The Museum will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays during the month of August. Rockwell’s studio is open May through October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission is $18, $17 for seniors, $10 for students, $6 for kids and teens 6 to 18, and free for Museum members and children 5 and under.



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