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Doodlebugs at the Marion Public Library: Express Yourself!
January 28, 2020 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Learn about the Expressionists—like Jackson Pollack and Georges Rouault. Create your own art that expresses how you feel and who you are.   more >>


Doodlebugs at NLCL: Look, No Hands!
January 29, 2020 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

French artist Auguste Renoir had terrible arthritis later in his life, but that didn’t stop him from creating art. Try painting in a surprising way today, just like he did!   more >>


Public reception for "Across the Atlantic" and "Ooh La La"
January 30, 2020 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Category:  Opening Reception

In celebration of the first exhibitions during our 125th anniversary year, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is holding a public reception for our landmark exhibition "Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens" and its companion exhibition "Ooh La La: French works from the Riley collection."   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Public Library: Look, No Hands!
January 31, 2020 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

French artist Auguste Renoir had terrible arthritis later in his life, but that didn’t stop him from creating art. Try painting in a surprising way, just like he did!   more >>


Art Bites: Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens
February 5, 2020 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau to walk through this extra-large exhibition of French and American Impressionism as she explains the layout, narrative, and highlights of the show, which includes works by Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and John Singer Sargent. A can’t-miss for anyone interested in Impressionism!   more >>


Bonjour, Artistes! Family Fun Day at the CRMA
February 8, 2020 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Family

Stop by today for free admission to our newest exhibitions, "Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens" and "Ooh La La: French Works from the Riley Collection". There will be scavenger hunts and make-and-take art projects for all ages, inspired by the greats--Degas, Monet, Renoir, and more! Say "bonjour" to a day full of fun for all ages!   more >>


“French and American Impressionism,” lecture by Associate Curator Kate Kunau
February 9, 2020 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for a deep dive into the similarities and differences between French and American Impressionism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.   more >>


Across the Atlantic Exhibition Tour for February 11
February 11, 2020 01:00 PM

Category:  Tours

Join us for any of these public exhibition tours to provide visitors with conversation-based insights and experiences focusing on selected artworks and artists. No reservations are necessary, but space is limited and available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Free with paid museum admission.   more >>


Guided Meditation at the Grant Wood Studio: Random Acts of Kindness Meets Midwest Values
February 13, 2020 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

We will claim a moment to root down and contemplate what nurtures compassion and well being within the hearts of Midwesterners   more >>


13% off in Museum Store for Grant Wood's Birthday on Grant Wood merchandise
February 13, 2020

Category:  Museum Store

Grant Wood is associated with the American movement of Regionalism, Wood was an active painter from a young age until his death, and although he is best known for his paintings, he worked in a large number of media, including lithography, ink, charcoal, ceramics, metal, wood and found objects. This year on his birthday, February 13th please join us in the Museum Store to receive a 13% discount on all Grant Wood related merchandise.   more >>


Special Tour: Grant Wood, Impressionist
February 13, 2020 07:00 PM

Category:  Tours

On Grant Wood’s birthday, join this docent-led tour of some of the Impressionistic works by Grant Wood currently on view. See how this American master turned to Impressionism—the prevailing style in the early twentieth century—before arriving at his mature, signature style after 1930. No reservations are necessary, but space is limited and available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Free with paid museum admission.   more >>


Members’ Night Feb. 2020
February 14, 2020 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Category:  Members' Nights

With your CRMA membership, you are able to visit the "Across the Atlantic" exhibition as many times as you like during its run in Cedar Rapids (February 1-April 26). However, as a special thank you, we will have special after-hours events for members starting at 5 pm on the following days. Light refreshments will be served, and special discounts will be available in the Museum Store. Come join fellow members for a less-crowded, more intimate viewing of the exhibition. 5-7 pm.   more >>


Pajama Storytime: Under the Big Top
February 20, 2020 06:30 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

Ever wondered what it might be like to perform in a traveling circus? Join us for daring feats, thrilling stunts, and maybe a little clowning around.   more >>


Free Third Thursdays on Third-February 2020
February 20, 2020 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  General

Join us on the third Thursday of the month (on Third Avenue) for free admission to the entire museum from 5 pm to 8 pm. Enjoy all that the CRMA has to offer, including our special temporary exhibitions "Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens" and "Ooh La La: French Works from the Riley Collection."   more >>


Art Lovers Bookclub:Ross King, The Judgment of Paris:
February 20, 2020 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

While the Civil War raged in America, another revolution took shape across the Atlantic, in the studios of Paris: The artists who would make Impressionism the most popular art form in history were showing their first paintings amidst scorn and derision from the French artistic establishment.   more >>


“Across the Atlantic: Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks Concerto,” with Tim Hankewich, and Kate Kunau
February 23, 2020 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

Join Maestro Tim Hankewich and Curator Kate Kunau as they discuss various aspects surrounding Igor Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks Concerto.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Public Library: Drawing with Scissors
February 25, 2020 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Learn how to draw with scissors like Henri Matisse as we learn more about shapes & colors.   more >>


Doodlebugs @NLCL: Color Outside the Lines
February 26, 2020 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Meet Fernand Leger, a French artist who literally colored outside the lines. We’ll make layered artwork with shapes and colors, and add the lines LAST!   more >>


Across the Atlantic Exhibition Tour Feb 26
February 26, 2020 03:00 PM

Category:  Tours

Join us for any of these public exhibition tours to provide visitors with conversation-based insights and experiences focusing on selected artworks and artists. No reservations are necessary, but space is limited and available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Free with paid museum admission.   more >>


Discovering Oil Pastels with Kimberly Machovec-Smith
February 27, 2020 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Explore the medium of oil pastels with artist Kimberly Machovec-Smith. Kimberly was first drawn to oil pastels because of their creamy texture, vibrant colors, and their user-friendly qualities. Oil pastels do not require solvents or mediums, there are no brushes to clean and no leaky tubes of paint.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Public Library: Color Outside the Lines
February 28, 2020 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Meet Fernand Leger, a French artist who colored outside the lines. We’ll make layered artwork with shapes and colors, and add the lines LAST!   more >>


Art Bites, "Across the Atlantic" Spotlight: landscape painting
March 4, 2020 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Landscape painting is central to the Impressionist movement, but how much do you know about the genre as a whole? Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for a discussion on where the genre of landscape began and how the Impressionist movement shaped it for the future.   more >>


Special Tour: Saving Daylight
March 7, 2020 01:00 PM

Category:  Tours

Before you spring forward, reflect on the importance of sunlight to the Impressionists in this docent-led gallery tour. No reservations are necessary, but space is limited and available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Free with paid museum admission.   more >>


“Across the Atlantic: Women Impressionists,” by Sean Ulmer, Executive Director.
March 8, 2020 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

Join Executive Director Sean Ulmer as he discusses some of the various women artists involved in the Impressionist movement. In addition to considering the four most famous women Impressionists (Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Eva Gonzalès, and Marie Braquemond), Ulmer will consider other female Impressionists on both sides of the Atlantic, including those in the Across the Atlantic exhibition.   more >>


Member Night March 2020
March 11, 2020 05:00 PM

Category:  Members' Nights

With your CRMA membership, you are able to visit the "Across the Atlantic" exhibition as many times as you like during its run in Cedar Rapids (February 1-April 26). However, as a special thank you, we will have special after-hours events for members starting at 5 pm on the following days. Light refreshments will be served, and special discounts will be available in the Museum Store. Come join fellow members for a less-crowded, more intimate viewing of the exhibition. 5-7 pm.   more >>


Guided Mediation at the Grant Wood Studio: Light and Shadow
March 12, 2020 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

As we Spring ahead for daylight saving’s time we will step through the interplay between the polarities of Light & Shadow and how they advise what moves us.   more >>


Pajama Storytime: Museum Heist
March 19, 2020 06:30 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

Learn about this Paris museum’s famous portrait, the Mona Lisa, and when it was stolen. Then we’ll create our own portraits for an “exhibition,” and don a disguise before we stage a heist!   more >>


Free Third Thursdays on Third- March 2020
March 19, 2020 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  General

Join us on the third Thursday of the month (on Third Avenue) for free admission to the entire museum from 5 pm to 8 pm. Enjoy all that the CRMA has to offer, including our special temporary exhibitions "Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens" and "Ooh La La: French Works from the Riley Collection."   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club: Jean Renoir, Renoir, My Father
March 19, 2020 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

In this delightful memoir, Jean Renoir, the director of such masterpieces of the cinema as Grand Illusion and The Rules of the Game, tells the life story of his father, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the great Impressionist painter. Recounting Pierre-Auguste's extraordinary career, beginning as a painter of fans and porcelain, recording the rules of thumb by which he worked, and capturing his unpretentious and wonderfully engaging talk and personality, Jean Renoir's book is a wonderful double portrait of father and son.   more >>


“Across the Atlantic: French Film in the Brinton Collection,” by Michael Zahs.
March 22, 2020 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

Michael Zahs, star of the recent documentary Saving Brinton, will speak about early French film and its impact in the United States   more >>


Doodlebugs at the NLCL: Dancing with Degas
March 25, 2020 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Create some oil-pastel ballerinas, just as Edgar Degas drew, and then learn some beautiful ballet steps with our friend Carol Rezabek from the Dancer’s Edge!   more >>


Doodlebugs at Hiawatha Public Library: Dancing with Degas
March 27, 2020 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Create some oil-pastel ballerinas, just as Edgar Degas drew, and then learn some beautiful ballet steps with our friend Carol Rezabek from the Dancer’s Edge!   more >>


Doodlebugs @MPL: Good Point!
March 31, 2020 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

We’ll look at Georges Seurat’s famous Sunday Afternoon painting and create Pointillist works of art. Make it a “point” to be there!   more >>


Art Bites, Artist Spotlight: Mary Cassatt
April 1, 2020 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Our temporary exhibitions have given us an embarrassment of riches: so many Mary Cassatt works in one place! Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for a discussion of Cassatt’s life and work, and what the pieces on display tell us about her phenomenal career.   more >>


Slow Art Day 2020
April 4, 2020 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Category:  General

One day each year, people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together to talk about their experience. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.   more >>


“Degas in New Orleans,” by Dorothy Johnson, Roy J. Carver Professor of Art History, University of Io
April 5, 2020 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Category:  Lecture

Edgar Degas is famed for his paintings of young ballet dancers and horse races, but a lesser known aspect of his work is the time he spent in New Orleans. Degas traveled to the city in 1872 to see the American side of his mother’s family, who worked as cotton and textile merchants. The painter saw this six-month stay as a return to his roots and produced eighteen paintings during his time there. Join Dorothy Johnson, Roy J. Carver Professor of Art History at the University of Iowa to discuss this unfamiliar aspect of Degas’ career.   more >>


Member Night April 2020
April 7, 2020 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Category:  Members' Nights

With your CRMA membership, you are able to visit the "Across the Atlantic" exhibition as many times as you like during its run in Cedar Rapids (February 1-April 26). However, as a special thank you, we will have a special after-hour event for members starting at 5 pm. Light refreshments will be served, and special discounts will be available in the Museum Store. Come join fellow members for a less-crowded, more intimate viewing of the exhibition. 5-7 pm.   more >>


Free Third Thursdays on Third-April 2020
April 7, 2020 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  General

Join us on the third Thursday of the month (on Third Avenue) for free admission to the entire museum from 5 pm to 8 pm. Enjoy all that the CRMA has to offer, including our special temporary exhibitions "Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens" and "Ooh La La: French Works from the Riley Collection."   more >>


Guided Meditation at the Grant Wood Studio: Water and Bloom
April 9, 2020 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Spring renewal is emerging all around us! Following Mother Nature’s lead… What shall we choose to water? Where and how are we called to bloom?   more >>


Pajama Storytime: Notre Dame
April 16, 2020 06:30 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

Notre Dame Cathedral is famous for its gargoyles, bells, stained glass windows, and also for a certain hunchback… Stop in for some stories and a cool craft inspired by this Gothic landmark.   more >>


“Light, Color, & Dance: The Genius of Loie Fuller,” by Carol Rezabek.
April 19, 2020 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Category:  Lecture

Born in Illinois, Loie Fuller became one of Europe’s most wildly celebrated dancers. She was the only female entertainer to have her own pavilion at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec featured her in a number of his prints, August Rodin commissioned a series of photographs of the dancer with plans to sculpt her; and the Lumière brothers released a film about her in 1897. Fuller’s famed Serpentine Dance, personified Art Nouveau in elegant flowing lines of her billowing silk gowns, which she moved using bamboo dowels sewn into her sleeves. As she danced “colored lights were projected onto the flowing fabric, and as she twirled, she seemed to metamorphose into elements from the natural world: a flower, a butterfly, a tongue of flame.”   more >>


Special Tour: eARTh Day
April 22, 2020 12:30 PM

Category:  Tours

Celebrate Earth Day through the eyes of the Impressionists. This docent-led gallery tour focuses on nature’s beauty, as well as the physical record of the French and American landscapes captured on canvas. No reservations are necessary, but space is limited and available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Free with paid museum admission.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Public Library: Shake it Up!
April 24, 2020 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec’s poster advertising confetti, we’ll shake things up a bit and make confetti-splattered pictures to take home.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Public Library: Make an Impression
April 28, 2020 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Claude Monet may be the most famous Impressionist, but everybody who was anybody learned this style of painting. And now, Doodlebugs will be Impressionists too!   more >>


Guided Meditation at the Grant Wood Studio: Color's Influence
May 14, 2020 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Whether we’re looking at an artist’s palette, a prismatic spectrum, or the hues associated with the chakras…we can recognize the nature of color’s influence and expression. Meditation will guide us how we each connect with color and how it speaks to us and through us.   more >>


Pajama Storytime: Happy Birthday, CRMA!
May 21, 2020

Category:  Pajama Story Time

Celebrate the museum’s 125th birthday with us! We’ll read birthday books together and then make party favors to take home!   more >>




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