Reimagining The Four Freedoms
Reimagining the Four Freedoms will be open at Casa Lally from Monday, July 16 through Friday, August 31. Weekday hours are: 10am — 4pm. The gallery is closed on weekends.
The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College today announced the reinstallation of its current art exhibit, Reimagining the Four Freedoms. The exhibition is being re-mounted at a nearby space to accommodate maintenance work at Roosevelt House. Beginning July 16, the show goes on view at its new location, Hunter College’s “Casa Lally” at 132 East 65thStreet (between Lexington and Third Avenues), just two blocks east of Roosevelt House, where it will remain on view for six more weeks, as scheduled.
The show, created to mark the 75thanniversary of Norman Rockwell’s iconic paintings visualizing President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms, presents original work by 39 contemporary artists considering the legacy and relevance of the Four Freedoms, and reinterpreting them for our time. Chosen in a juried competition from more than 1,000 entries, the selected artworks include paintings, sculpture, drawing, photography, video, and mixed media. They explore such concerns as mass incarceration, immigration, the Black Lives Matter movement, and women’s rights, and in some cases adapt or reinterpret famous Rockwell images into visual commentaries on 21st-century issues.
FDR first enunciated the Four Freedoms—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—in his annual Message to Congress on January 6, 1941. The ideas took flight when Norman Rockwell created images to illustrate these aspirations. When his pictures were first published in four issues of the Saturday Evening Postin February and March of 1943, they achieved instant popularity, prompting President Roosevelt to write the artist: “I think you have done a superb job in bringing home to the plain, everyday citizen the plain, every-day truths behind the Four Freedoms.”
Reimagining the Four Freedoms was organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, as a component of the exhibition Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms, running concurrently at the New-York Historical Society.
A special feature of the Hunter College installation is the inclusion of student commentary. Students from the undergraduate Public Policy and Human Rights programs at Roosevelt House wrote reflections in response to the works. Their short essays reveal their passion to improve health, safety, housing, environment, and employment opportunities for those suffering from want and fear, racism and war, and their commitment to uphold the freedoms of speech, the press, and religion. The responses exemplify the continuing relevance of the Four Freedoms to a new generation.
The presentation of Reimagining the Four Freedoms in New York has been curated by Deborah Gardner, Historian/Curator at Roosevelt House, in collaboration with Curator Stephanie Plunkett of the Norman Rockwell Museum. Assistance was provided by Roosevelt House staff and faculty members Aaron Lee Fineman, Daniel Culkin, Kelsey Adolphs, Joanne Vellardita, Sandra M. Nunez, and Mark Shulman, along with the Directors of the Public Policy and Human Rights programs at Roosevelt House—Shyama Venkateswar and Smita Narula, respectively—and the operations staffs of Hunter College, and colleagues from the Norman Rockwell Museum.
Following its presentation in New York City, Reimagining the Four Freedoms will join the tour of Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms, traveling to The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI, October 13, 2018-January 13, 2019; The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, Washington, D.C., February 9-May 6, 2019; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, December 15, 2019-March 22, 2020; [to a venue to be announced, July 4 – September 20, 2020]; and finally to the Norman Rockwell Museum in fall 2020.
Support for Reimagining the Four Freedoms is provided by the Ford Foundation. Leadership support for Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms is provided by Jay Alix, The Alix Foundation and the George Lucas Family Foundation. National Presenting Sponsor is The Travelers Companies, Inc. Major support provided by Anonymous, Michael Bakwin, Helen Bing, Elephant Rock Foundation, Ford Foundation, Heritage Auctions, Annie and Ned Lamont, National Endowment for the Arts, and Ted Slavin. Media Sponsors: Curtis Licensing, a division of the Saturday Evening Post, and the Norman Rockwell Family Agency.
May 25, 2018 — August 31, 2018
132 East 65th St