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Poking at Normal: Museums and the History of Real People

  • Phone: (607) 937-5386
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Lecture by Katherine Ott, Curator in the Division of Medicine and Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

Since at least the mid-1800s, Americans have been obsessed with measuring, sorting and comparing people. The search for the composite college co-ed, the Fittest Family, and Norma and Normman were amusing parlor games but also became serious attempts to exclude people from civil rights, citizenship, and the human family. Grounded in objects and history, Poking at Normal: Museum and the History of Real People explores the material and visual culture of finding “normal” and what it means for museums today.

Poking at Normal: Museums and the History of Real People
  • The Rockwell Museum: A Smithsonian Affiliate
  • 111 Cedar Street
  • Corning, NY 14830
  • April 24, 2019 to April 24, 2019
  • Rockwell Members: Free, Not-Yet-Members: $10, Students: $5

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The Rockwell Museum: A Smithsonian Affiliate

111 Cedar Street
Corning, NY 14830
(607) 937-5386
Come experience our collection of art about America that tells the story of the American experience! The diverse collection includes a mix of contemporary Native American art with traditional bronze sculptures, landscape paintings and other works that embody America. There are many reasons why you should bring your family to experience The Rockwell. We offer guided tours that you can book as a group, or you are welcome to explore the Museum on your own. Open daily, The Rockwell welcomes the young and the young-at-heart to explore Art About America. From Art Hunts to our NEW Family Exploration Studio, the museum is designed to make art accessible to kids, and inspire an appreciation for art at a young age. Kids love our activities, and parents become gallery experts to guide their families through the story of art throughout America. Young museum-goers will adore the opportunity to explore on their own. Housed in the beautifully restored 19th century Old City Hall building Historic Old City Hall in Corning, New York, The Rockwell lays at the heart of the greater Finger Lakes fine arts community. Kids and teens 17 and under are always free and enjoy the complimentary shuttle from The Corning Museum of Glass.