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The New Four Freedoms
On the brink of war against tyranny, FDR issued his famous proclamation that all Americans had the right to Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. Almost eighty years later, History Colorado is asking four up-and-coming Denver artists to illustrate the condition of those freedoms in our modern moment.
David Ocelotl Garcia, Rochelle Johnson, Cori Redford, and Carmen Richards are creating personal interpretations of four American values—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—articulated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the brink of World War II. As a study in contrast that powerfully speaks for itself, their works will be displayed alongside archival reproductions of Norman Rockwell’s patriotic interpretations that were widely embraced in the U.S. during and following the war. These creations will be unveiled on on August 7 at a community event, and displayed through the closing of American Democracy: Great Leap of Faith. Rockwell’s originals will be on view at the Denver Art Museum through September 7, 2020.