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Norman Rockwell’s iconic quartet – the Four Freedoms- was inspired by FDR’s January 1941 address to Congress in which he articulated his vision for a postwar world founded on four basic human freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. In the spring of 1942, Norman Rockwell was working on a piece commissioned by the Ordnance Department of the U.S. Army, a painting of a machine gunner in need of ammunition. Posters of the gunner, titled Let’s Give Him Enough and On Time, were distributed to ordnance plants throughout the country to encourage production. But Rockwell wanted to do more for the war effort and decided he would illustrate Roosevelt’s four freedoms. Finding new ideas for paintings never came easily, but this was a greater challenge. “It was so darned high-blown,” Rockwell said, “Somehow I just couldn’t get my mind around it.” While mulling it over, Rockwell, by chance, attended a town meeting where one man rose among his neighbors and voiced an unpopular view. That night Rockwell awoke with the realization that he could paint the freedoms best from the perspective of his own hometown experiences using everyday, simple scenes such as his own town meeting.  

Inspired in turn by those iconic 1943 paintings For Freedoms seeks to use art to encourage public discussion of civic issues and core values, and to emphasize that citizenship in American society is deepened by participation.

Join Tom Daly at the Currier Museum for a discussion of the living legacy of the Four Freedoms- then and now. The For Freedoms work will provide a backdrop for Daly’s discussion.


THE FOR/4 FREEDOMS

ABOUT TOM DALY

Tom Daly has been, for over 20 years, the Curator of Education at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge

Tuesday, November 19 | 11am (followed by tour & lunch)

Currier Museum | 150 Ash Street | Manchester, NH  |  RSVP NOW

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1E Commons Drive, No. 24, Londonderry, NH 03053

Monday – Friday 9 am – 5:30 pm or by appointment

Currier Museum | 150 Ash Street | Manchester NH

with Norman Rockwell Museum’s Tom Daly