Good Intentions: Re-Imagining Rockwell’s Boy Scouts is a group exhibition presented at SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS, curated by Andrew Pogany and Ben Lee Ritchie Handler. The exhibition will feature original works by local artists who have sought to re-examine a selection of Norman Rockwell’s Boy Scout illustrations in meaningful, provocative, and socially relevant ways.
For sixty years, Rockwell (1894 – 1978) contributed idyllic depictions of scout life to the publications of the Boy Scouts of America. Though immensely popular, these works were dismissed by serious art critics as idealistic, sentimental, and even bourgeois. Rockwell’s artwork embraces a particular vision of the so-called American Dream, one that advocates a strong nostalgia for the good ol’ days, when white hegemony in America was generally unthreatened.
Lusting for a real America that perhaps only existed in Rockwell’s creations, some figures today are still resistant to acknowledge and accept the reality of contemporary lifestyles, sexual orientations, belief systems and practices. The presence of silenced scandals within previously heralded institutions that traditionally represented American ideals indicates that no relic from the conventional version of Americana is beyond scrutiny.
Programming for Good Intentions will be held in conjunction with Free Arts for Abused Children (FreeArts.org), a local non-profit that provides arts programs to children who have experienced abuse, neglect, poverty, and homelessness. A limited edition print catalogue and e-catalogue will be released in conjunction with the exhibition on Thursday, July 18th during the closing reception. Net proceeds from the sale of artwork and catalogues will be donated to Free Arts. Catalogues can be purchased here.
Contributing artists include: Eric Beltz, Alison Blickle, Erin Burrell, Kime Buzzelli-Hosford, Scott Marvel Cassidy, Tofer Chin, Alika Cooper, Noah Davis, Frohawk Two Feathers, Club Paint (Erin Allen, Keith Boadwee, Isaac Gray), Liz Craft, Melissa Huddleston, Benjamin Lord, Lewis Mauk, Davida Nemeroff, Duane Paul, Vanessa Prager, Fay Ray, Christine Wang, and Eric Yahnker.
Special thanks to all the Artists, Barcelona Enterprises, Casita del Campo, Erich Koyama, Flaunt Magazine, Graphaids, and Modelo for your services, support and assistance in making the exhibition and its related programming possible.