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Lucas, Spielberg showcase art

2009-10-02 09:43

Washington - Filmmakers George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are joining forces with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, combining their collections of Normal Rockwell's art in a Washington exhibit next year.

The plans announced on Thursday will culminate in the first major exhibit to explore connections between Rockwell's images of American life and the movies.

It will be on view from July 2010 until January 2011, showing more than 50 rarely seen Rockwell paintings and drawings.

Lucas is contributing the oldest painting, taken from a Life magazine cover in 1917.

Curators interviewed Lucas and Spielberg about Rockwell and video excerpts will be shown.

Museum director Elizabeth Broun says Rockwell's art and storytelling captured universal truths about Americans.