Reimagining the Four Freedoms

Special Event at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation®

  • October 14, 2018
  • Time: 1:00pm
  • Location: The Gallery by General Motors Lobby

Free with museum admission


How might notions of freedom, as presented by Roosevelt and Rockwell during the World War II era, be reinterpreted for our times? What does freedom look like today?

Join Laurie Norton Moffatt, Norman Rockwell Museum Director/CEO and contemporary artists Pops Peterson, Barbara Brandel, Celine Browning, and John Dempsy as they discuss their inspiration, works, and the legacies of Roosevelt and Rockwell.

About the Panelists

Laurie Norton MoffattLaurie Norton Moffatt is director and CEO of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. A leading scholar of American illustration art, she authored the Norman Rockwell catalogue raisonn and led the growth of the museum from a small museum located in a house in the artists hometown to a global leader in exhibitions of and scholarship on illustration art, including the development of a major digital collection-sharing initiative. Moffatt is a founder of the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, and has served as a cultural specialist in Ethiopia and Russia with the US State Department. A national arts leader, she has served on the boards of the American Alliance of Museums and Association of Art Museum Directors.

Maurice ‘Pops’ Peterson

Maurice ‘Pops’ Peterson is an artist and public speaker from the Berkshires, best known for his award-winning series, Reinventing Rockwell, and his multimedia presentation, "Arts & Civil Rights". An award-winning artist, designer, and writer, Peterson was named the first Artist in Residence of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Barbara Brandel

With an early love of figure drawing, and nearly thirty years as an award-winning fiber artist, Tucson, Arizona artist Barbara Brandel strives to create beauty with luminous color and well-crafted artwork produced by the artist’s own hand. Her artworks are in public and private collections throughout the U.S. and she is a two-time prize winner in Tucson Museum of Art’s Biennials.

Celine Browning

Using the vocabulary of surrealism and pop-art, Celine Browning from Chicago, IL, deconstructs, combines, and repurposes familiar functional objects, creating an uncanny visual language that reimagines what these objects signify. Browning's work has been exhibited nationally, as well as at the Pinakothek Der Moderne in Munich. She is currently an Affiliate Professor at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

John Dempsey

John Dempsey was born in Detroit and currently lives and works in Flint, Michigan, where he has maintained a studio for over 25 years and where he taught painting, drawing, and design at Mott Community College. He currently teaches at the College for Creative Studies, in Detroit, MI. His work is included in the collection of the Flint Institute of Art and the South Bend Museum of Art. His work is represented in various public art commissions including the Pfizer Co., Groton, Connecticut, and the General Motors SPO Headquarters, Grand Blanc, Michigan.


Ticket Prices

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation


Member Nonmember
Seniors (62+) Free $21.00
General Admission (12-61) Free $23.00
Youth (5-11) Free $17.25
Children (4 & Under) Free Free

Header image credits (l to r)Maurice ‘Pops’ Peterson,Freedom from What?, 2015, detail. Digital photograph on canvas, Private Collection. John DempseySunday Night/Monday Morning, 2017, detail. Acrylic on Masonite, Collection of the artist. Celine Browning, Untitled III (Capture the Flag), 2017, detail. Flag, thread, and wood, Collection of the artist. Barbara Brandel, Thoughts of Home, 2013, detail. Mixed media, Collection of the artist.
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