November 5, 2015
Nov 05

MEDIA ADVISORY: Press preview for New Temporary Exhibit at the Clinton Center

Little Rock, AR
Press Release

Press preview for Clinton Center’s 42nd temporary exhibit, Coca-Cola: An American Original

The Clinton Presidential Center will celebrate the art and history of the Coca-Cola bottle during its 100-year anniversary with the upcoming temporary exhibit, Coca-Cola: An American Original.  Opening on November 7, 2015, the exhibit is divided into two sections and will occupy both the Garden View room, located on the first floor, and the Temporary Gallery, located on the third floor.

Illustrations of an American Original will be located in the Garden View Room and will have as its focus the now-iconic images and advertising campaigns that have helped define the Coca-Cola brand.  Illustrations will include three original paintings by Norman Rockwell, an American artist who created a total of six paintings that were ultimately used in finished Coca-Cola ads.  The three others, known as the “Missing Rockwells,” were created for Coca-Cola by the artist in the late 20s and early 30s.  Additionally, Illustrations will feature several images of Santa Claus, including the first Coca-Cola Santa painted by Fred Mizen that appeared in The Saturday Evening Post in December of 1930, as well as nine original Haddon Sundblom illustrations.

An American Original at 100 will be housed in the Temporary Gallery, bringing together historic bottle “firsts.” It will feature a 13-bottle chronology, including an original glass bottle produced in 1902, a replica of the prototype contour bottle created by the Root Glass Company in 1915, and a prototype of the aluminum bottle that debuted in 2008.  Also, the exhibit will showcase pop art by Andy Warhol - including videos, photographs, prints, and other original works - and folk art by Howard Finster, who incorporated the Coca-Cola bottle into dozens of his pieces over his prolific career. Another portion of this exhibit is dedicated to American presidents and their connection to the global brand. Many of the artifacts in An American Original at 100 were recently on display at the High Museum of Art Atlanta.  

In addition to Illustrations of an American Original and An American Original at 100, the Center will also display a full-size antique Coca-Cola delivery truck produced in 1949 by the White Motor Company and a spectacular installation comprised of 750 3D-printed, ribbon-shaped interpretations of the bottle’s classic shape.  

Coca-Cola: An American Original will close on February 15, 2016.  

Friday, November 6, 2015
10:30 a.m.
Please RSVP to Rebecca Tennille at 501-786-0525 or [email protected].

Clinton Presidential Center staff
Ted Ryan, Director of Heritage Communications for the Coca-Cola Company

Clinton Presidential Center 
1200 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201

About the William J. Clinton Presidential Center
The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park is a world-class educational and cultural venue offering a variety of special events, exhibitions, educational programs, and lectures throughout the year. Located on the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock, Arkansas, the Center has welcomed more than 3.7 million visitors from around the world since opening in 2004.  Most importantly, the Clinton Center is a reflection of the work – past, present, and future – of the 42nd President of the United States.

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