Closing a Summer Cottage Remake - Elizabeth Viggiano. September 2017
Closing a Summer Cottage - Norman Rockwell. September 1957
Experience - Rockwell Remake
Role - Producer + Art Director
Collaborator- Elizabeth Viggiano - Photographer and Art Director
Talent- My family ;)
Location - Quogue, New York
Year - 2017
In 1957 Norman Rockwell was commissioned by Kodak to make a series of Americana Kodak Colorama photographs. Rockwell had a few hired actors and actresses for the shoot but most of the models were locals that he asked right off the street like my great grandmother, ‘Gammie’, featured as the grandmother waiting in the car.
Elizabeth Viggiano and I agreed that this photo had to be recreated with my family members and other locals from the neighborhood in true Rockwell fashion. In the remake of Closing A Summer Cottage my grandmother Joan Larson sits where Gammie sat. My grandfather Bob Larson leans into the wagon trunk puzzled, where the Marlboro man originally did. Other characters consist of cousins, my brother, sister-in-law, the owners of the home, that weekend’s renters, local kids, one of the original cast members (who was the boy holding the tube, poses as the man in the red shirt), neighborhood kids, and myself.
Norman Rockwell is known for celebrating Americana through his nostalgic images that are known and loved throughout the country. Our remake captures the relationships with nostalgia around this image, combining shared memories to be repackaged and lived again.