New Norman Rockwell Museum Exhibit to Highlight SS United States

Depicting poignant stories of immigrating to America, the new exhibit “Finding Home: Four Artists’ Journeys” at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, showcases the journeys and rich family narratives of four renowned artists.

For famed author-illustrator David Macaulay, that journey included a transatlantic voyage on board America’s Flagship, the SS United States. That trip, chronicled in his new book, “Crossing on Time: Steam Engines, Fast Ships and a Journey to the New World,” is featured in the new exhibit.  

Other series of illustrations featured in the exhibit include: “Amalgam” by Frances Jetter, “Dreamers” by Yuyi Morales and “Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Life” by James McMullan.

The SS United States Conservancy has loaned the museum an 11-ft.-long model of the great ocean liner to give visitors a 3D reference for the historic vessel depicted in Macaulay’s illustrations. The huge model, never before placed on public display, weighs in at more than 300 lb. It was a gift to the Conservancy from the family of Henry Bushnell. Additional items from the Conservancy’s extensive permanent collection on loan for the exhibit include vintage travel posters, photographs and even an aluminum rivet from the 990-ft.-long ocean liner.

“Finding Home” runs at the Normal Rockwell Museum through May 2020.

The museum presents, preserves and studies the art of illustration and the power visual images have to shape and reflect society.

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