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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: February 22, 2008
Contact: Division of News & Electronic Media, Office of Communication
(404) 639-3286

Picturing Health: Norman Rockwell and the Art of Illustration

Influence of Medical Illustrations Examined in New Exhibition


From Norman Rockwell's images of a kindly country doctor in caring consultation with his patients to contemporary artworks noting the latest health regimens and medical revelations, health-related topics have long been a source for compelling artistic commentary. Images of health and well-being reflect the central theme of Picturing Health: Norman Rockwell and the Art of Illustration, on view at CDC's Global Health Odyssey from March 10 – June 4, 2008.

The exhibition, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, features rare, original paintings by Norman Rockwell that inspired Americans to view themselves and their physicians with optimism, and presented the notion that health is affected as much by our emotional lives as by our physical well-being. The outstanding Rockwell paintings explore the doctor/patient relationship and the importance of physical fitness and health and healing across the generations. They are accompanied by original works exploring similar themes by today’s most prominent visual artists, whose bold graphic statements offer a forceful counterpoint to Rockwell's painterly narratives.


March 10 through June 4, 2008


CDC Global Health Odyssey
1600 Clifton Rd., NE at CDC Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30333


The exhibition is open to the public weekdays from 9AM to 5PM (Thursdays until 7PM.) Reservations are not required. Admission and parking are free. Group guided tours for the Global Health Odyssey can be scheduled at (404) 639-0830. More information is available at:

Parking is available in the Building 19 parking deck located on CDC Parkway. Media must present two forms of photo identification and a valid press credential for access to the campus.

All visitors to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are required to present a driver′s license or passport for entry and are subject to vehicle inspections.

Picturing Health: Norman Rockwell and the Art of Illustration was organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Picturing Health: Norman Rockwell and the Art of Illustration is being sponsored by Pfizer, Inc.


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