Poignant Humorists: An Exhibit of Rockwell Prints Based on Twain Classics


“Well, I don’t see why I oughtn’t to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?”

Poignant Humorists:  An Exhibit of Rockwell Prints Based on Twain Classics

Come relive the mythical carefree days of childhood through Norman Rockwell’s illustrations of Mark Twain’s classics The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, kindly donated to the University of Colorado by Dr. and Mrs. David R. Gillingham (M.D. – 1963) in memory of Dr. Robert W. Hendee (M.D. – 1961).  The illustrations will be on exhibit February 3 – 28, 2013 in the Gallery of the Health Sciences Library.

To celebrate this generous gift, on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at noon in the Reading Room, the Health Sciences Library will be hosting a lecture with Dr. Pamela Laird, chair of the CU Denver History Department, wherein she will examine these two geniuses.

Poignant Humorists: Mark Twain and Norman Rockwell

What a great combination! Norman Rockwell illustrating Mark Twain’s boy legends—Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Fun, mischief, danger, and good intentions that sometimes go awry. . . .

Yet, the countless pleasures and insights that these two American humorists have brought us for generations belie the tensions that too often lay behind their pictures and words. Both Twain and Rockwell struggled with defining their personal goals and professional identities in ways that their art sometimes reveals and sometimes hides.

Pamela Laird, Professor and Chair of CU Denver’s History Department, will explore both the pleasure and the poignancy that this wonderful print collection brings to us from two of America’s most beloved storytellers.

The event and the exhibit are free and open to the public.  For more information about the exhibit or programming please contact Brittany Heer (brittany.heer@ucdenver.edu or 303-724-2148).