The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

A Talk with Author Abigail Rockwell about Her Grandfather, Norman Rockwell

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 – Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020

06:30 PM – 07:30 PM


Special guest: Abigail Rockwell in conjunction with the exhibition Norman Rockwell: American Freedom

“Norman Rockwell’s greatest strength was his ability to enter the American psyche. People responded to his art because they saw the best of themselves in it.” —Stephanie Plunkett, chief curator, Norman Rockwell Museum

The wit, humanity, and many-sided talents of Norman Rockwell are on full display in his classic autobiography, My Adventures as an Illustrator, published in 1960.

The Definitive Edition, released in May 2019 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, restores the book’s original text, as well as the playful vignettes Rockwell drew to head each chapter. The artist’s granddaughter, Abigail Rockwell, edited this new edition, adding an introduction with new information on Rockwell’s life and work. She also curated the more than 170 images of Rockwell’s paintings and drawings included, some of which have rarely been seen before.

My Adventures as an Illustrator: The Definitive Edition features a foreword by eminent design writer Steven Heller: “Rockwell’s voice is engaging, his stories are enlightening, and his exuberance for art is inspiring. I wish I knew him.”

Drop in! Admission is free. A book signing follows the talk.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.


  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission

    • MFAH Members FREE
    • Adults $15
    • Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
    • Military (with ID) $10
    • College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
    • Youth (13–18) $7.50
    • Children (12 & younger) FREE
    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Two Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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