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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Rockwell: Officially a Gallery Buster

By Jacqueline Trescott
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Visitors to the Rockwell show. (Amy Hutchins/Smithsonian American Art Museum)

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.

More on this story:

Photos: Rockwell's "Telling Stories" of America

By Jacqueline Trescott  | 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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Comments

Face it fans, the art-going public is fed-up and tired of being fooled by art critics into believing that the literal garbage we are fed today is real art. And what is a Gopnik, anyway?

But even so, I think I'll re-submit my rejected plate-job pieces for display at the Smithsonian.

Posted by: snalg1 | January 6, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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