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Grant Wood and Marvin Cone: Barns, Farms, and America’s Heartland

February 6 - May 15, 2016

Grant Wood, Young Corn, 1931, oil on Masonite panel, 24 x 29 7/8 in., collection of the Cedar Rapids Community School District, on loan to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, L1.70.3.177.
In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the births of Grant Wood and Marvin Cone, the CRMA is presenting an exhibition of both artists’ work, focusing on the images of barns, farms, and the Iowa landscape for which they are beloved.  Born in 1891, Wood and Cone began their lifelong friendship in Cedar Rapids in 1906 and attended Washington High School together.  The two artists subsequently traveled to Europe in 1920 and, in the summers of 1932 and 1933, were active forces in the Stone City Art Colony, which brought together an important group of regional artists.  Both became known for their evocative portrayals of the Midwestern landscape and this exhibition focuses on Wood and Cone’s shared interest in the rolling hills of the Iowa countryside and the farms of the people who inhabit them.
This exhibition is made possible by Rockwell Collins and a grant from the GreatAmerica Financial Services Donor-Advised Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the Hotel-Motel Tax Fund, the Program Grant Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, members of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and contributors to the Museum's Annual Fund.


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