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GW to Host Program Series for Norman Rockwell’s ‘Four Freedoms’

‘Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms’ on Display Through April at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
January 29, 2019

Jan. 22, 2019

Amelia Thompson: [email protected], 202-994-6460
Maralee Csellar: [email protected], 202-994-6460

Norman Rockwell’s “Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms” will be on display at the George Washington University Museum starting in February. The exhibition will be accompanied by numerous free, public programs discussing the World War II era and Mr. Rockwell’s iconic depictions of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.


  • Book talk: “Lipstick Brigade”, Monday, Feb. 25, noon
    Author Cindy Gueli will discuss the captivating, surprising and moving first-person stories she collected for her book about women who supported the WWII effort in Washington, D.C.
  • Lecture: “Religious Freedom and U.S. Foreign Policy,” Wednesday, Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m.
    How does a commitment to religious freedom impact U.S. foreign policy? Join the museum for a lecture by Sam Brownback, ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, on how this American value shapes relationships abroad. The lecture is a collaboration with GW’s Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom.
  • Family day: Freedom from Want, Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    GW students and Washington area families are invited to collaborate on a service project to support local families in need. This event is a collaboration with GW’s Honey Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service.
  • Lecture: “Winston in Washington,” Monday, March 4, noon
    Lee Pollock, interim executive director of the International Churchill Society, will share stories and history about Churchill’s time in Washington, D.C.
  • Film and Discussion: “By Dawn’s Early Light: Chris Jackson’s Journey to Islam,” Thursday, March 7, 5:30 p.m.
    This timely film documents the history of anti-Muslim racism and xenophobia through the story of NBA all-star Mahmoud Abdul Rauf (formerly Chris Jackson). This screening is a collaboration with GW’s Institute for Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Lecture: “Spies in Washington,” Monday, March 18, noon
    Vince Houghton, curator at the International Spy Museum, will discuss the presence and actions of spies in Washington, D.C., during WWII.
  • Lecture: “Rockwell and American Freedom,” Wednesday, March 27, 5:30 p.m.
    Virginia Mecklenburg, chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will discuss Mr. Rockwell’s iconic “Four Freedoms” paintings from their evolution to their impact.
  • Gallery talk: “Reimagining the Four Freedoms in Fiber,” Thursday, April 18, noon
    Esther Iverem and Amy Wike, two Washington, D.C., artists included in the juried portion of the exhibition, will discuss their artworks made from fabric and yarn.

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st St., NW
Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Orange, Blue and Silver lines)

Images for publication are available upon request, please email Amelia Thompson at: [email protected].

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“Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms” is organized by Norman Rockwell Museum. Leadership support is provided by Jay Alix, the Alix Foundation and the George Lucas Family Foundation. The national presenting sponsor is The Travelers Companies, Inc. Major support was provided by Michael Bakwin, Helen Bing, the Elephant Rock Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Heritage Auctions, Annie and Ned Lamont, the National Endowment for the Arts and Ted Slavin, and an anonymous donor. Media sponsors for the exhibition include: Curtis Licensing, a division of the Saturday Evening Post, and the Norman Rockwell Family Agency.

Lead support for the exhibition at GW provided by the Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies, and the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts.

Located in the heart of Washington, the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum celebrates the creative achievements of local and global cultures from antiquity through today. The museum unites The Textile Museum, established in 1925, and the Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies to engage the university and the wider community through collections, scholarship, exhibitions, and educational programs.