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Storytelling
Behind the Cover: Norman Rockwell’s A Day in the Life with author Will Lach and model Mary Whalen Leonard
Mon, May 28th, 2018 | 1:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission
All ages

Join us this Memorial Day to celebrate the opening of Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms with a special author event with Will Lach and Mary Whalen Leonard, who modeled as a little girl for Norman Rockwell—and who Rockwell describes as “the best model I ever had!”

We’ll read aloud Lach’s two books—A Day in the Life of a Girl and Norman Rockwell’s A Day in the Life of a Boy—inspired by Rockwell’s paintings of the same name, created as covers for the Saturday Evening Post in 1952. Each picture book features rhyming text chronicling the activities of two children from sunup to sundown. Following the reading, Lach and Leonard will chat about the paintings, Norman Rockwell’s process, and Leonard’s experience working with this titan of American painting. Q&A and book signing to follow.

In addition to the reading and discussion, this event will be accompanied by a related craft activity—kids will get the chance to illustrate their own sunup to sundown day!

Mary Whalen Leonard was called "the best model I ever had" by the American artist Norman Rockwell, whom she posed for as a child. She is now retired and lives in Vermont with her husband. 

Will Lach is a former senior editor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has written many children’s books about art, music, and natural history. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter, and son.

This event is sponsored by a Humanities New York Vision/Action Grant

Creative: Tronvig Group