Cedar Rapids Art Museum extends Grant Wood’s exhibitions
Popular series will go through the end of the free summer admission program
Kate Kunau, associate curator at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, particularly likes this parody of “ American Gothic, ” which she notes combines three other famous paintings into one, along with “ Girl with a Pearl Earring. ” by Vermeer, a self-portrait of Van Gogh and his “Starry Night” sky. Examples of how others have layered their humor and artistry on Grant Wood’s most famous painting will now be on display at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art through August 22 (Photos courtesy of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art)
Due to popular demand, the Cedar Rapids Art Museum extends its successful exhibitions Grant Wood Revealed and Serously Funny. The two exhibitions, which deal with different aspects of Grant Wood’s life and art, join Americans in Paris in a trio of artist-focused exhibitions from Iowa that were designed not only to close the year of the 125th anniversary of the CRMA in 2020, but also to welcome the 175th. birthday of the state of Iowa in 2021.
“We were delighted to see so many people coming to these Grant Wood exhibits, despite the pandemic,” Managing Director Sean Ulmer said in a statement. “With more people able to get vaccinated now, we’ve heard of them asking us to extend the exposures a bit more. We are happy to do so and have decided to extend them until the end of the summer, which coincides well with our free summer accessibility program. “
The new closing dates are as follows:
• Grant Wood revealed: rarely seen works of an American master closes September 5th.
• Seriously Funny: American Gothic Parodies closes August 22.
• Americans in Paris: Grant Wood and Marvin Cone’s Journey to Paris in 1920 closes October 10.
‘Grant Wood Revealed’, which now runs through September 5 at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, includes ‘The Horsetraders (Two Horsetraders)’, 1918. Oil on composition board, it measures 11 inches by 14 inches and was a gift to the museum of Harriet Y. and John B. Turner II. (Courtesy of Cedar Rapids Museum of Art)
“It’s a really unique moment to see so many Grant Woods at once.” Ulmer said. “A total of 165 works by Wood can be seen in nine of the museum’s sixteen galleries. It really is a Grant Wood moment! “
The CRMA’s free summer accessibility program, which waives admission fees for everyone, runs from July 1 to August 31. This is the 12th consecutive year that Free Summer has been offered and is sponsored this year by Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust, Transamerica, TrueNorth and UFG.