Tuesday, August 7, 2018

This photographer is reimagining Norman Rockwell for the 21st century

By Alexxa Gotthardt
Maggie Meiners, Dream Act, 2016. © Maggie Meiners. Courtesy of the artist.
In 1964, Norman Rockwell’s Civil Rights-era painting The Problem We All Live With depicted Ruby Bridges, the 6-year-old black girl who entered an all-white school in 1960, walking between deputy U.S. marshals with volleyed tomatoes and a racial slur staining the wall behind her. In 2015, artist Maggie Meiners reimagined the famous composition to explore the plight of another youth: this time, a Dreamer—a child of undocumented immigrants given temporary protection under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Dream Act wasn’t Meiners’s first Rockwell-inspired work. [More]
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