Rockwell: Officially a Gallery Buster
Everyone's been talking about how crowded the Norman Rockwell show was at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Now it's official. The spacious galleries were busting at the seams.
About 706,000 people saw "Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg" from its opening July 2 until it closed Sunday.
That tally is a 52 percent increase over the 2009 attendance in the same time period from the July 4 weekend to New Year's weekend. And that makes it the most popular show at the museum in recent memory.
In the closing week 70, 500 people attended the exhibition.
The Smithsonian museum was the only venue for the rare look at 57 art works from the private collections of the filmmakers, Lucas and Spielberg.
| January 5, 2011; 5:00 PM ET
Categories: Jacqueline Trescott, Museums, Smithsonian | Tags: George Lucas, Norman Rockwell, Steven Spielberg, smithsonian american art museum
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