Ruby Bridges to speak at MOA Thursday night

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American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. SEPS licensed by Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN. riple Self-Portrait Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 13, 1960 ©1960: SEPS Norman Rockwell Museum Collections. (BYU Museum of Art)

Setting the scene for the Rockwell exhibit, the BYU Museum of Art has invited Ruby Bridges to speak Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

Bridges is featured in Rockwell’s 1963 painting, “The Problem We All Live With.” The painting depicts Bridges being escorted by security into a newly desegregated school in New Orleans. Bridges will speak about her story and personal experiences of the era.

Wristbands for entrance into Bridge’s address will be distributed outside the northeast entrance to the MOA at 4 p.m. due to limited seating.

Following Bridge’s talk, she will be signing pre-selected books which the museum will have available for purchase on site. These include “Through My Eyes,” “The Story of Ruby Bridges” and “Ruby Bridges Goes to School.” The museum recommends guests purchase one of these books before attending the lecture if they would like Bridge’s autograph.

The exhibit will feature many of Rockwell’s paintings, chronicling the American culture of almost the past seven decades.

Due to the anticipated high volume of visitors, patrons can reserve tickets online in advance starting Nov. 10. Additionally, standby tickets will be available at the MOA on the day of admittance.