Finding Home: Four Artists’ Journeys at Norman Rockwell Museum, through May 25, 2020

Finding Home: Four Artists’ Journeys, a new exhibition open November 9, 2019 through Monday, May 25, 2020 at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, documents the complex emotional realities of adapting to a new life thousands of miles away from where their stories began, through compelling visual memoirs inspired by the personal journeys of four master illustrators, Frances Jetter, David Macaulay, James McMullan, and Yuyi Morales.

More than 200 original drawings, paintings, linoleum block prints, and digital mixed media works by the artists draw upon memories and family narratives, and on historical research that establishes meaningful contexts for their work. Personal mementos from photographs, travel documents, treasured toys, skates, and tea sets, to articles of clothing, books, as well as video commentary, will illuminate each illustrator’s story. The space that images make to inspire conversation will be explored, as will the distinctive qualities of each artist’s voice, their aesthetic and technical approaches, and the use of visual symbols as anchors in their poignant sequential narratives.” — Norman Rockwell Museum

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Frances Jetter, America!, 2018. Illustration for Amalgam by Frances Jetter. Linoleum cut print on paper. Collection of the artist. Image © Frances Jetter. All rights reserved.

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Frances Jetter, Three Generations in One Cramped Apartment, 2018. Illustration for Amalgam by Frances Jetter. Linoleum cut print on paper. Collection of the artist. Image © Frances Jetter. All rights reserved.

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Frances Jetter, 2018. Illustration for Amalgam by Frances Jetter. Linoleum cut print on paper. Collection of the artist. Image © Frances Jetter. All rights reserved.

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David Macaulay, Launch of the St. Louis, 2017. Illustration for Crossing on Time: Steam Engines, Fast Ships and a Journey to the New World by David Macaulay. Digital Illustration. Collection of the artist. Image © David Macaulay. All Rights Reserved

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David Macaulay, The Macaulay family board the SS United States, 2017. Illustration for Crossing on Time: Steam Engines, Fast Ships and a Journey to the New World by David Macaulay. Digital Illustration. Collection of the artist. Image © David Macaulay. All Rights Reserved

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David Macaulay, Ships crossing the Atlantic Oceans were powered by the wind in their sails, 2017. Illustration for Crossing on Time: Steam Engines, Fast Ships and a Journey to the New World by David Macaulay. Digital Illustration. Collection of the artist. Image © David Macaulay. All Rights Reserved

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James McMullan. The Bombing Scare, 2014. Illustration for Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood by James McMullan. Watercolor on paper. Collection of the artist. Image © James McMullan. All rights reserved.

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James McMullan, 2014. Illustration for Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood by James McMullan. Watercolor on paper. Collection of the artist. Image © James McMullan. All rights reserved.

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James McMullan, 2014. Illustration for Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood by James McMullan. Watercolor on paper. Collection of the artist. Image © James McMullan. All rights reserved.

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Yuyi Morales, Migrantes, you and I, 2018. Mixed media digital. Illustration for Dreamers (New York: Neal Porter Books, Holiday House Publishing, Inc.) 2018.

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Yuyi Morales, Illustration for Unbelievable. Surprising, 2018. Mixed media digital. Dreamers (New York: Neal Porter Books, Holiday House Publishing, Inc.) 2018.

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Yuyi Morales, 2018. Illustration for Dreamers (New York: Neal Porter Books, Holiday House Publishing, Inc.) 2018. Mixed media digital.

The exhibition was co-curated by Deputy Director/Chief Curator, Stephanie Plunkett and Director of Curatorial Operations, Martin Mahoney.

With Finding Home: Four Artists’ Journeys, Norman Rockwell Museum continues its exploration of the immigrant experience, giving voice to immigrants and offering a visual record of a truly American experience.

For the past eight years the Museum has also partnered with the Berkshire Immigrant Center, Berkshire Community College Adult Learning Program, and the Literacy Network of South Berkshire to host the annual United States Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony and celebrate the regions’ newest citizens.