Following the October release of his pictorial book, In Search of Norman Rockwell's America, award-winning photojournalist Kevin Rivoli has gained nationwide notice. Rivoli, who lives with his wife and children in Auburn, will feature the book's images in a two-year traveling exhibition beginning in summer 2009.
On Wednesday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m., the Cayuga Community College Foundation will host a free public lecture and book-signing by Rivoli in the Bisgrove Community Theatre on the Auburn campus. Rivoli's talk on "Finding Rockwell's America" will trace his quest to update Rockwell's view of America by capturing similar moments and meanings in today's United States. Earlier on the day of his visit to Cayuga, Rivoli will work with students in several art classes.
The full-color, 128-page hardcover book displays Rivoli's photographs opposite iconic Rockwell paintings. By pairing nostalgic scenes of everyday America in the early-to-mid-20th century with his own contemporary images, Rivoli shows the timeless quality of "what makes life... life." The pages include quotes and anecdotes about Rockwell by notables including Arnold Palmer, Dolly Parton, former President Jimmy Carter and some of Rockwell's original models. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.
The lecture is made possible by the Noreen and Michael J. Falcone Lecture Fund in support of cultural presentations at Cayuga Community College.