Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms

Exhibit at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation™

  • October 13, 2018 - January 13, 2019
  • Location: The Gallery by General Motors

Present your military ID at the Welcome Center with code FFVETSFREE18 for free admission.

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What does freedom mean today?

Experience the power of Norman Rockwell’s iconic depictions of President Franklin Roosevelt’s ideas at Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms. Born amid the turmoil of World War II, the Four Freedoms have since become one of its greatest legacies, a testament to the importance of human rights and dignity. Brought forward by one of America’s greatest presidents and immortalized by one of its most beloved artists, the Four Freedoms continue to inspire, resonating across generations as strongly today as they did in their time.

Organized by Norman Rockwell Museum, Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms is the first comprehensive traveling exhibition devoted to Rockwell’s iconic depictions of Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. This exhibition is the rare opportunity to experience the power of all four of Rockwell’s iconic paintings – alongside hundreds of artifacts, including 70 original works of art – complimented by digital displays and virtual-reality technology.

Note: This exhibit contains depictions of war, social injustice and contemporary political themes.

Related Events

  • December 9: American Rosie the Riveter Association. Join us as we welcome several original “Rosie’s” from the National Rosie the Riveter Association. Time: 1:30- 2 p.m 
  • December 14: Weaving the Community Fabric. How do Norman Rockwell's iconic paintings depicting the Four Freedoms resonate with Detroit's story? Join the Detroit Historical Society team onsite at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation to lend your voice to their interactive quilt gathering thoughts from across the city on each of the Four Freedoms. Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • December 28: Weaving the Community Fabric. How do Norman Rockwell's iconic paintings depicting the Four Freedoms resonate with Detroit's story? Join the Detroit Historical Society team onsite at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation to lend your voice to their interactive quilt gathering thoughts from across the city on each of the Four Freedoms. Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • January 10An Evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin. World-renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin reflects on more than 150 years of U.S. history to put into context our most recent unprecedented presidency. 

External Events

The Henry Ford is honored to work with local cultural institutions to continue the discussion of "What does freedom mean today"?

  • November 15The Feeling of Being WatchedWatch the documentary and participate in a talkback featuring director Assia Boundaoui at the Arab American National Museum.
  • October - December: Weaving the Community Fabric: How do Norman Rockwell's iconic paintings depicting the Four Freedoms resonate with Detroit's story? Join the Detroit Historical Society in lending your voice to our interactive quilt gathering thoughts from across the city on each of the Four Freedoms.

 

Ticket Prices

Free Museum Admission for Military and Veterans

Present your military ID at the Welcome Center with code FFVETSFREE18 for free admission to Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation October 13, 2018 – January 13, 2019.

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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 Detail: Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), The Right to Know, 1968, detail. Illustration for Look, August 20, 1968. Private Collection. © Norman Rockwell Family Agency. All rights reserved. Gallery Images Detail: Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Freedom of Speech, 1943. Essay. Illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 20, 1943.Collection of Norman Rockwell Museum. © SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN. Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Freedom of Worship, 1943. Essay. Illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 27, 1943. Collection of Norman Rockwell Museum. © SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN. Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Freedom from Fear, 1943. Essay Illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, March 13, 1943. Collection of Norman Rockwell Museum. © SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN. Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Freedom from Want, 1943. Essay Illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, March 6, 1943. Collection of Norman Rockwell Museum. © SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN.

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An Evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin

An Evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin

January 10, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.

World-renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin reflects on more than 150 years of U.S. history to put into context our most recent unprecedented presidency — a fast-paced, unpredictable and at times impulsive administration.

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An Evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin

January 10, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.

World-renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin reflects on more than 150 years of U.S. history to put into context our most recent unprecedented presidency — a fast-paced, unpredictable and at times impulsive administration.
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Evening with Ruby Bridges

An Evening with Ruby Bridges

November 1, 2018 | Doors open at 6pm; Program begins at 7pm

Join The Henry Ford for an evening with Ruby Bridges, the inspiration behind Norman Rockwell's iconic painting, "The Problem We All Live With".

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An Evening with Ruby Bridges

November 1, 2018 | Doors open at 6pm; Program begins at 7pm

Join The Henry Ford for an evening with Ruby Bridges, the inspiration behind Norman Rockwell's iconic painting, "The Problem We All Live With".
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Reimagining the Four Freedoms

October 14, 2018 | 1:00pm

Join a discussion with of contemporary artists as they discuss how Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms became the inspiration for their works.

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Reimagining the Four Freedoms

October 14, 2018 | 1:00pm

Join a discussion with of contemporary artists as they discuss how Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms became the inspiration for their works.
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Enduring Ideals Curator Chat

October 13, 2018 | 1:00 pm

Explore Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms. This internationally touring exhibition provides a rare opportunity to see Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings, in addition to other works by Rockwell and his contemporaries, alongside interactive digital displays and virtual-reality technology.

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Enduring Ideals Curator Chat

October 13, 2018 | 1:00 pm

Explore Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms. This internationally touring exhibition provides a rare opportunity to see Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings, in addition to other works by Rockwell and his contemporaries, alongside interactive digital displays and virtual-reality technology.
  Get Details