Monday, September 27, 2010

A Smithsonian site -- Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg

I am continually looking for museum websites with interesting content and the Smithsonian has achieved that again. It was a surprise to learn George Lucas has at least 36 works of Norman Rockwell and Steven Spielberg 21. Their passion of collecting these works comes from their youth and the Saturday Evening Post. There is a pattern of their own collection, maybe patterns, can you see them? If you have some time (30 minutes) take a look at this podcast, it is worth it. The art of story telling through visuals is ever present. You will definitely gain insight into Rockwell's creative process and wonderful delightful humor of daily living.

Steven Spielberg tells us why he likes this painting so much it is hanging in his office.
The site covers works spanning the years from 1917 to 1972 offering of a view of American life. Since Lucas and Spielberg enjoyed these works in their early teens perhaps some youngsters may enjoy hearing the stories too. It's fun to look at the pictures see what you think is going on, then hear Lucas and Spielberg relate the stories. Take some time and listen and enjoy, tell us what you think? What's happening in the picture here?