Corn to present Marcks lecture on 'Art of Norman Rockwell' Sept. 23

Sept. 8, 2009

Wanda Corn, recognized historian of American art, will present the Luther College Gerhard Marcks lecture titled “Ways of Seeing: The Art of Norman Rockwell” Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p. m. in the Franklin W. Olin Building, Room 102, on the campus of Luther College.

Corn is a scholar of late 19th- and early 20th-century American art and photography. She now acts as the John Rewald Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.

Corn holds the doctoral degree from New York University and has taught at Washington Square College, the University of California, Berkeley, Mills College, and Stanford University. She has produced various books and exhibitions, and has received various fellowships and won several teaching awards over the years.

Corn’s lecture will be about Norman Rockwell, one of America's favorite illustrators. Rockwell’s covers for the Saturday Evening Post were very popular in his lifetime and are still remembered today.

Curators and art historians disagree as to whether Rockwell’s work is really “art” and belongs in the museum.  Corn will discuss what is artful about Rockwell and about his ups and downs in reputation.

Luther’s annual lectures in art history are funded by the Gerhard Marcks Endowment in Art History created by H. George and Jutta Anderson.