New-York Historical Society To Showcase Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” On First Stop Of International Touring Exhibition

Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms” On View May 25 – September 2, 2018

A new major exhibition exploring the evolution of Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms from a series of illustrations into a national movement debuts at the New-York Historical Society this spring as part of an international seven-city tour.

1. Rockwell - Four Freedoms composite

Norman Rockwell (1894–1978) Four Freedoms, 1943. Assemblage Story illustrations for four February-March, 1943 issues of the Saturday Evening Post Collection of Norman Rockwell Museum. ©SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN. All rights reserved.

Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms, on view at New-York Historical May 25 – September 2, 2018, showcases Rockwell’s depictions of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom from Want. Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA—where the tour culminates in 2020 after traveling to five additional U.S. venues as well as Normandy, France—the exhibition illuminates the historical context for these now-iconic images and examines how Rockwell’s 1943 paintings united the public behind Roosevelt’s call for the defense of universal rights.

6. Photo of Rockwell Freedom Speech War Bond Show

Photographer unknown. Photograph of Norman Rockwell with Freedom of Speech painting at Four Freedoms War Bond Show, 1943. Collection of Norman Rockwell Museum © Norman Rockwell Family Agency. All rights reserved

The Norman Rockwell Museum is dedicated to education and art appreciation inspired by the legacy of Norman Rockwell. The Museum holds the world’s largest and most significant collection of art and archival materials relating to Rockwell’s life and work, while also preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting a growing collection of art by other American illustrators throughout history. The Museum engages diverse audiences through onsite and traveling exhibitions, as well as publications, arts and humanities programs, and comprehensive online resources.

2. Rockwell - Freedom of Speech

Norman Rockwell (1894–1978) Freedom of Speech, 1943 Oil on canvas, 45 ¾” x 35 ½”. Story illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 20, 1943. Collection of Norman Rockwell Museum ©SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN. All rights reserved.

Norman Rockwell’s iconic images remind us of the significant role his work played in inspiring Americans to embrace Roosevelt’s call to protect freedom around the world,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. “At the same time, Rockwell’s art underscores the enduring importance of Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech. What Rockwell and Roosevelt identified as central to human dignity in the era of World War II is equally valid today. We are honored to convey this message to our visitors, and to be the first venue on the Norman Rockwell Museum’s illustrious tour.

3. Rockwell - Freedom of Worship

Norman Rockwell (1894–1978) Freedom of Worship, 1943 Oil on canvas, 46” x 35 ½”. Story illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 27, 1943. Collection of Norman Rockwell Museum ©SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN. All rights reserved. 

The Norman Rockwell Museum conceived of Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms both to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Freedoms and to tell the story of how Norman Rockwell’s paintings came to be among the most enduring images in the history of American art,” said Norman Rockwell Museum Director Laurie Norton Moffatt. “The exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view the Four Freedoms together, outside their permanent home in Stockbridge. As the steward of Rockwell’s legacy, we are thrilled to launch the exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, whose remarkable work explores the relevance of historic events to our lives today.”

4. Rockwell - Freedom from Want

Norman Rockwell (1894–1978) Freedom from Want, 1943 Oil on canvas, 45 ¾” x 35 ½”. Story illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, March 6, 1943.  Collection of Norman Rockwell Museum ©SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN. All rights reserved.

Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms, which is organized into five thematic sections, features paintings, drawings, and other original artworks by Rockwell and his contemporaries, as well as historical documents, photographs, videos, artifacts, interactive digital displays, and immersive settings, some with virtual reality elements. Continue reading


House and Home: KitchenAid® Debuts New Products At 2018 Housewares Show

KitchenAid, the global pioneer of kitchen appliances, is unveiled a new consumer-inspired product lineup at the 2018 International Home and Housewares Show, adding even more versatility and function to its full suite of kitchen solutions. From a mini mixer with an elegant glass bowl to new stand mixer attachments to breakfast essentials, and innovative food processors, the new 2018 KitchenAid products will equip passionate makers with the tools they need to reach their culinary potential.

KitchenAid Celebrates Coffee And Breakfast Culture With New Countertop Essentials

KitchenAid introduced new countertop appliances designed to kick-start the consumer’s day at this year’s International Home and Housewares Show, March 10-13 in Chicago. Kettles, a toaster, and a larger size cold brew coffee maker join an extensive line of appliances designed with a purpose to inspire culinary passion from dawn to dusk.

We see the kitchen as the heart of the home and a place to be inspired through a variety of passions,” said Nikki Lockett, U.S. Marketing Leader for KitchenAid® Small Appliances. “We want to help coffee and breakfast enthusiasts start their day right with exciting new premium appliances.

New KitchenAid coffee and breakfast appliances include the following:

Precision Gooseneck Kettles (available in June 2018) – Simply pour with precision. The gooseneck spout and three unique flow rate settings deliver precise pour control for a pour over, tea or beverage of your choice. A brew range thermometer is displayed in the lid to keep track of the water temperature while pouring. It’s also easy to use and easy to clean, made of polished stainless steel in a sleek, compact design. The International Housewares Association recently selected the Digital Precision Gooseneck Kettle as a finalist in the Kitchen Electronics category for this year’s Global Innovation Awards.

KNK1012SS; MSRP: Stovetop – $99.99, KEK1025SS; Electric – $119.99, KEK1032SS; Digital – $149.99

KitchenAid Electric Kettle

KitchenAid Electric Kettle

Electric Kettle (available in September 2018) – Offering convenience and flexibility, this electric kettle features dual-wall design keeping the inside hot, even while it’s boiling, making it ideal for any space. The kettle boils quietly and fast, making it the perfect companion to the early-morning routine. The kettle has an all-metal interior and lime scale filter.

KEK1565; MSRP: $79.99

Cold Brew (larger size)

KitchenAid (new) Cold Brew Coffee Maker (larger size)

Cold Brew Coffee Maker (larger size) (available in September 2018) – Treat yourself to a smooth and balanced cold brew at home. Only KitchenAid offers home cold brew on tap, for a smooth flavor profile. It’s easy to use, pour and clean. Simply fill with coffee concentrate and cold water, step back and enjoy straight from inside the refrigerator where it will stay fresh for up to two weeks. It is currently available in a smaller, 28-ounce size.

KCM5912SX; MSRP: $169.99

4 Slice

KitchenAid Long Slot 4-Slice Toaster with High Lift Lever

Long Slot Toaster with High Lift Lever (available in September 2018) – Whatever the toast preference, the new KitchenAid Toaster provides the flexibility to toast a variety of breads without adjusting bread size. The toaster comes in 2-slice and 4-slice options. Continue reading

Coach Announces Coach x Selena Gomez Lifestyle Collection To Launch In Fall

Following the global success of the Selena Grace handbag and accessories in Fall 2017, Coach announces that a new offering from Coach x Selena Gomez will launch this fall. The new collection includes Ms. Gomez’ first ready-to-wear collaboration with the brand and is designed by Ms. Gomez in collaboration with Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers.

Coach Logo

Coach Logo

The new collection will feature a range of outerwear, ready-to-wear, handbags, small leather goods, and other accessories.

“I always look forward to designing with Selena because she has a strong point of view,” said Mr. Vevers. “We wanted to bring cool new ideas to the table and I loved getting her take on clothes as much as accessories this time around.”

Coach with Selena Gomez

Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers with Selena Gomez

“I am so excited to be working with Coach again,” said Ms. Gomez. “Getting to create my own collection with Stuart has been such a fun process, and I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have been working on over the past several months.”


IMAGE CREDIT: Courtesy of Coach

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The Museum of Science and Industry Chicago Presents “The Science Behind Pixar”

New Exhibit Unveils The Technology Behind Some Of The Most Beloved Animated Films

Discover the science and technology behind “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Finding Nemo,” and more timeless Pixar films with The Science Behind Pixar, opening at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) on May 24, 2018. This interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen. This exhibition was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios. (© Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization.)

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago Logo

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago Logo

Guests of all ages can experience the filmmaking process through hands-on activities inspired by some of Pixar’s most treasured films, from the first-ever computer-animated feature film “Toy Story,” which opened over two decades ago, to Pixar’s 2015 release, “Inside Out.”

Pixar’s pioneering technology sits at the intersection of art, engineering and science and shows that there are multiple paths to a STEM career,” said David Mosena, president and CEO of MSI. “As an institution dedicated to inspiring the inventive genius in everyone, we are excited to show guests the unexpected ways that the fundamental skills taught in science learning – problem-solving, trial and error and iteration – are utilized to bring these beloved characters to life.

Created by the Museum of Science, Boston and Pixar Animation Studios, The Science Behind Pixar features more than 40 interactive elements demonstrating the technology that supports the creativity and artistry of Pixar’s storytellers. The exhibit is divided into eight sections, each focusing on a step of filmmaking: Modeling, Rigging, Surfaces, Sets and Cameras, Animation, Simulation, Lighting, and Rendering. Each section provides guests with a behind-the-scenes look at the production process and the concepts used at Pixar every day:

  • Sets and Cameras: Guests will discover how a bugs-eye view was achieved for “A Bug’s Life,” through camera angles and large-set design within the computer.
  • Modeling: Envision how digital sculptures are created based on sketches from artists.
  • Lighting: Solve challenges similar to what Pixar artists faced in creating animated water in “Finding Nemo.”
  • Rigging: See how models are given a virtual skeleton to enable the animators to add movement.
  • Surfaces: Discover the techniques behind adding color and texture to every surface.

Guests will also have the opportunity to take their photo with human-size recreations of many of their favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E.

To better understand the science and math that goes into creating the worlds and characters of Pixar’s films, guests will hear first-hand from members of the studios’ production teams. They will also be invited to experience different roles within the production pipeline, through screen-based activities and physical interactive elements.

The Science Behind Pixar is a behind-the-scenes look at how our movies are made,” said Ed Catmull, president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios. “The interactive exhibition gives people the opportunity to learn about the jobs our filmmakers do every day and tackle similar problems. It’s a great demonstration of how much creativity and imagination is involved in the science, technology, engineering, art, and math thinking essential to our filmmaking process.”

The Science Behind Pixar is sponsored locally by BMO Harris Bank and will be at MSI through January 6, 2019. It is not included in Museum Entry and requires an additional timed-entry ticket, $14 for adults and seniors and $11 for children.

The Science Behind Pixar is funded through support by Google, members of the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative (SMEC), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

BMO Harris Bank proudly supports the Museum of Science and Industry in their mission to inspire and foster creativity among people of all ages,” said Christopher Begy, U.S. Country Head & CEO, BMO Financial Corp. and MSI trustee. “This interactive exhibition is a great example of what a career in STEM can look like and we’re thrilled to be sponsoring it.”

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), one of the largest science museums in the world, offers world-class and uniquely interactive experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. From groundbreaking and award-winning exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else, to hands-on opportunities that make you the scientist—a visit to MSI is where fun and learning mix. Through its Welcome to Science Initiative, the Museum offers a variety of student, teacher and family programs that make a difference in communities and contribute to MSI’s larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine, and engineering.

MSI is open 9:30–4 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Extended hours, until 5:30 p.m., are offered during peak periods. The Museum is grateful for the support of its donors and guests, who make its work possible. MSI is also supported in part by the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, visit or call (773) 684-1414.

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. The Northern California studio has created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” and “Coco.” Its movies have won 32 Academy Awards® and have grossed more than $11 billion at the worldwide box office to date. “Incredibles 2,” Pixar’s 20th feature, opens in theaters on June 15, 2018.

Andy Gibb’s Top Hits Collected For ‘The Very Best Of Andy Gibb’

Album To Be Released April 13 By Capitol/Ume

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Andy Gibb’s top hits have been collected for a new CD and digital collection, ‘The Very Best Of Andy Gibb,’ to be released by CapitolUMe on April 13.

The Very Best Of Andy Gibb honors the monumental worldwide success, achieved within just a few years, of one of the most celebrated recording artists and stage performers of his time. The collection’s 15 tracks include Gibb’s three Number One chart-toppers, “I Just Want To Be Your Everything,” “Shadow Dancing,” and “(Love Is) Thicker Than Water.” Four more Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hits are showcased: “An Everlasting Love,” “(Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away,” “I Can’t Help It” featuring Olivia Newton-John, and “Desire,” Gibb’s collaboration with his brothers Barry, Maurice, and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees. The digital album preorder includes instant download and streaming access for “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” featuring P.P. Arnold.

All of the collection’s tracks are drawn from Andy Gibb’s three hit studio albums, 1977’s platinum-certified Flowing Rivers, 1978’s platinum-certified Shadow Dancing, and 1980’s gold-certified After Dark.

ANDY GIBB: The Very Best Of Andy Gibb

Shadow Dancing

I Just Want To Be Your Everything

An Everlasting Love

Flowing Rivers

(Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away

(Love Is) Thicker Than Water

After Dark

Man On Fire

I Can’t Help It (featuring Olivia Newton-John)

Desire (featuring the Bee Gees)

Time Is Time

Me (Without You)

Wherever You Are

One More Look At The Night

Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Album Version) (featuring P.P. Arnold)

Philadelphia Museum of Art to Renovate and Update Chinese Galleries

Six Galleries to Close on April 11, 2018, Reopening in Early 2019

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will soon begin the first comprehensive renovation and reinstallation of its galleries of Chinese art in many decades. This initiative will enable its staff to reimagine the presentation of this important part of the Museum’s collection and interpret it in new ways for the benefit of visitors. This represents the next step in an ongoing series of reinstallations of the Museum’s collection that began with the Rodin Museum in 2012 and continued with the renovation of its galleries of South Asian art in 2016. Beginning April 11, 2018, six galleries in the wing of the Museum devoted to Asian art will close for approximately ten months and then re-open to the public in early 2019.

Philadelphia Museum of Art logo

Philadelphia Museum of Art logo

The Philadelphia Museum of Art houses one of the country’s earliest Chinese art collections, initially established through purchases made at the Centennial International Exhibition held in Philadelphia in 1876. Today it includes more than 7000 works in a wide range of media spanning more than 4000 years. Strengths include Tang dynasty (618–907) tomb figures, Song dynasty (960–1127) ceramics as well as Ming (1368–1644) and Qing dynasty (1644–1911) imperial art and Buddhist sculpture. The collection includes more than 500 paintings, dating from the 12th to the 20th centuries, as well as costumes and textiles, furniture, jades, lacquer wares, and cloisonné. It also features three remarkable architectural interiors: an early 15th-century coffered ceiling from an imperial Buddhist temple, a 17th century painted wood reception hall, and an 18th-century scholar’s study that provides context for the collection and an exceptional immersive experience.

Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director, and Chief Executive Officer, said: “This once-in-a-generation project follows the success of our new galleries of South Asian art, and is proceeding in tandem with the implementation of the next phase of our Facilities Master Plan. It will transform the experience of one of the most important, but still underappreciated parts of our collection. In addition to renovating these galleries, a step that is long overdue, this project will enable us to re-present and reinterpret our extensive holdings of Chinese art for the benefit of our visitors and will also serve as the basis for a new, purpose-built curriculum taught by our educators. These efforts will create relevance, deepen understanding, and renew our visitors’ appreciation for different cultures and artistic traditions around the world.”

A $2 million initiative, this project on the second floor of the main building will promote improved visitor engagement with Chinese art through the implementation of significant physical improvements, including new gallery furniture and the creation of better sight lines. Select windows will be enclosed, improving conditions for the display of light-sensitive textiles and paintings not previously exhibitable in these galleries, while new lighting will enhance the viewing experience. The Museum’s exhibition team is designing purpose-built casework, some equipped with internal lighting that will dramatically improve viewing clarity. These changes will allow for greater flexibility in the rotations of works of art, giving curators the opportunity to regularly refresh the installations and offering returning visitors new works to experience. The project will also benefit from a multi-year study of interpretation strategies, including the development of new learning resources and training, for teacher workshops and new school visits.


The reinstallation is led by project director Dr. Hiromi Kinoshita, The Hannah L. and J. Welles Henderson Associate Curator of Chinese Art, supported by staff specialized in Exhibition Design, Education, and Publishing. Dr. Kinoshita’s interpretive plan is arranged around key themes through which four thousand years of art can be understood. It will present a new comprehensive display of Chinese art in all media, including paintings, sculpture, porcelains, ceramics, carvings, metalwork, costume and textiles, furniture, and contemporary works. Continue reading

Cocktail Artist® Launches Seven New Mixologist-Crafted Cocktail Mixes and Bar Ingredients

After a year of driving growth in the cocktail mix category, Cocktail Artist expands its footprint to fifteen premium mixes and ingredients that inspire home bartenders everywhere to make the glass their canvas

Cocktail Artist®, an innovative brand of premium cocktail mixes and bar ingredients, celebrates its one-year anniversary this month with the release of seven new products, crafted by award-winning mixologists from across America and the Bahamas. Starting in March 2018, all fifteen Cocktail Artist mixes and bar ingredients, including seven new ones, will be available nationwide in Walmart stores, and shortly thereafter, in supermarket chains across the country.Cocktail_Artist_Logo

Cocktail Artist® is shaking up the cocktail mix category with fifteen essential mixes and bar ingredients that are designed in collaboration with award-winning mixologists, whose premium products help demystify the art of mixology, so anyone can mix perfectly balanced craft cocktails at home. After a year of driving growth in the cocktail mix category at one of the nation’s largest retailers, the Cocktail Artist family now touts 15 products, including category mainstays Margarita Mix and Bloody Mary Mix, available nationwide.

Cocktail Artist has invigorated the cocktail mix category with its high-quality standards: eliminating high fructose corn syrup and unnecessary artificial ingredients; using natural cane sugar and fruit juices; and developing perfectly balanced flavor profiles in collaboration with renowned mixologists and cocktail tastemakers. The mixes and ingredients are packaged in artfully designed bottles that elevate the aesthetic of any home bar, and are available at an accessible price point.


Cocktail Artist® Launches Seven New Mixologist-Crafted Cocktail Mixes and Bar Ingredients

The seven new Cocktail Artists and their curated mixes and bar ingredients include:

  • Skyy John (Los Angeles, CA; Host and Creator of Tipsy Bartender, top cocktail social media influencer with 27 million followers): Margarita Mix

I want to help people make delicious cocktails easily—and have fun with it,” said Skyy John. “My Cocktail Artist Margarita Mix is made with the very best ingredients, meaning there’s no high fructose corn syrup, just pure cane sugar and natural fruit juices. It’s so smooth that you can enjoy it on its own or with spirits, from tequila to rum or vodka. It is so versatile and perfectly balanced, you can’t beat it!

  • Carla Rivera (Miami, FL; Secretary of Miami’s Chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild; Top 15 Finalist at the Diageo World Class Cocktail Competition, 2014): Piña Colada Mix

Piña Colada was invented in Puerto Rico, and I like to tell people that while my ethnicity is Puerto Rican, my blood type is Piña Colada,” explained mixologist Carla Rivera. “My Cocktail Artist Piña Colada Mix is a great substitute for the classic recipe used at the Caribe Hilton Hotel in San Juan.” Continue reading