Although I tend to find contemporary art perplexing at times, the third level of the Art of the Americas Wing, which is devoted to 20th-Century Art Through the Mid 1980s, still held many delights for me. One standout was this original oil painting by one of New England's most commercially successful artists: Norman Rockwell
. Painted in 1967 to accompany a Look
magazine article about middle-class African-American families moving into Chicago's traditionally white suburbs, it captures a slice of American life during a turbulent decade. Interestingly, the wall text accompanying the painting notes that Rockwell relied on local New Englanders, as usual, as the models for this painting.