Picture Perfect

Beginning today and running through July 24, Norman Rockwell and the American Family, a collection of reproductions of the illustrator’s images, will be on display at the Aurora History Museum. In keeping with the 1950s and 1960s theme, the museum will show its own artifacts from the period, with costume jewelry, kitchenware, toy View-Masters and more on interactive display. “The museum opened in the 1970s, and because Aurora’s boom was during the ’50s and ’60s, much of what has been donated to us is from that era,” says executive director Jennifer Kuehner.

The museum’s focus in weaving its own collection in with the Rockwell images is to give a three-dimensional look at the post-war period and to engage younger visitors who may not be as familiar with the iconic American portraiture, she says. A full-fledged replication of a 1950s kitchen will be on display along with a lounge area where patrons can watch a film about Rockwell and play with Lincoln Logs and the like.

The museum is open Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free; for more information, call 303-739-6660 or visit www.auroramuseum.org.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: May 3. Continues through July 24, 2011

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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