The Four Freedoms Reimagined
Norman Rockwell (1894 - 1978), "Freedom From Fear", 1943. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), "Freedom of Speech," 1943. Oil on canvas, 45 3/4" x 35 1/2". Story illustration for "The Saturday Evening Post," February 20, 1943. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections. ©SEPS: Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN.
Freedom from Want—“Thoughts of Home.” Created with international postage stamps, the figure in this work by Tucson, Arizona artist Barbara Brandel reflects places near and far, and the universal desire for the promise of the Four Freedoms. Her piece comments upon what she terms the Four Necessities—the importance of having “enough to eat, a place to live, a means to earn a living, and a community of friends and family.”
Freedom to Worship—“Freedom of Religion, Reimagined.” A photojournalist from New York City, Jane Feldman comments upon Freedom of Religion in this joyous photograph, which was taken in a garden following a Universal Worship Service originated by Sufi leader Inayat Kahn (1882-1927) to invoke the One Being through indigenous and major faith traditions.
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), "Freedom of Worship," 1943. Oil on canvas, 46" x 35 1/2". Story illustration for "The Saturday Evening Post," February 27, 1943. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections. ©SEPS: Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN.
Freedom from Fear—“Freedom from What?” Maurice ‘Pops’ Peterson's image is a digital photograph on canvas. Like Rockwell, Peterson enlisted neighbors and friends as models, and utilized the newspaper in the father’s hand to call attention to his theme. The headline refers to a July 2014 incident, when Eric Garner, an unarmed African American man, died while being held in a choke hold by police. Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe,” were repeated several times and captured on video.