WAG Extending Hours for Norman Rockwell Exhibition

The Winnipeg Art Gallery will be extending its hours of operation in response to the success of the exhibition American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. In its first six weeks, the exhibition has attracted over 12,000 visitors, and crowds are growing each week.  With Friday being one of the busiest days, the Gallery has extended its Friday hours until 9pm for the month of May.  The exhibition closes on Sunday, May 20.

“We are very excited to see the enthusiastic response to this exhibition,” says WAG Executive Director Stephen Borys. “By week five we had surpassed the attendance for our Andy Warhol exhibition by the same time, and the numbers keep growing. We are the only gallery in Canada to host a Rockwell retrospective exhibition and it has garnered significant local and national press coverage, including the front page of the Globe & Mail, and CBC and CTV television headlines.  Although the exhibition galleries are very full now, we anticipate the final weeks of the show to get very busy, so we encourage people to visit now.”

Borys adds that, “We are particularly pleased to see that school tours and programming for the exhibition are almost sold out, which has made it necessary for us to open the galleries to schools on Mondays, when we are normally closed to the public. With the William Kurelek exhibition opening last fall and the Norman Rockwell exhibition coming near the end of this school year, teachers have understood the important role the WAG plays in the education and cultural life of our children and youth.”

Visiting the Rockwell exhibition is a complete art and cultural experience. The entrance to the show features a 12-minute video on the life and work of Norman Rockwell. Audio-tours give visitors the opportunity to learn more about selected images. In the Rockwell Response Zone people can take Rockwell-style photographs of themselves with props and costumes under the Saturday Evening Post banner. Using the art supplies children can create their own Post covers and hang them on the walls. Tying in with Rockwell’s Freedom from…. series, visitors are displaying post-it notes describing what freedom from want, freedom from fear, and free speech mean to them personally.

For more information, visit rockwell.wag.ca and for regular updates, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell is organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum and made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, American Masterpieces Program. Sponsorship is also provided by the Curtis Publishing Company, the Norman Rockwell Estate Licensing Company, and the Stockman Family Foundation. Local Sponsors: Border Glass & Aluminum (Presenting Sponsor), Lindsey Steek & Company, Ricoh, Manitoba Blue Cross, Sigurdson McFadden Benefits & Pensions and Manitoba Lotteries. Local Media Sponsors: Winnipeg Free Press, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, CJOB, CTV and Prairie Public Broadcasting.

Celebrating its centenary in 2012, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and Manitoba’s leading visual arts institution. With a collection of over 24,000 objects spanning many centuries and cultures—including the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art—the WAG is constantly moving between the historical and the contemporary in an effort to engage a growing public with the power of art in our lives. 




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