A Thanksgiving That Looks Like All of Us

Freedom From Want re-imagined by Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Shur. 2018.

Artist Hank Willis Thomas and photographer Emily Shur re-imagined Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom From Want,” one in a series of four iconic paintings inspired by FDR’s 1941 speech to Congress. ⁠

The story goes that in 2012, Hank Willis Thomas saw a poster of Norman Rockwell’s painting of a family seated around a holiday table and “decided to create a tableau of his own.”⁠

As some of you know, Mr. Rockwell studied at The League as a teen and Mr. Thomas visited us to give an artist talk in 2016.⁠ That year, he co-founded For Freedoms, “an artist-led organization that models and increases creative civic engagement, discourse and direct action.”⁠

As you gather with your family—comprised of relatives, friends, artists, and yourself—we at Artmakers wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!⁠

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