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Marvin Cone: An American Master

September 29, 2012 - January 20, 2013

Marvin D. Cone, Five Pears, 1933, oil on composition board, 12 x 14 in., Museum purchase, Dorothy Houts Fund with gift of Winnifred Cone and the Marvin Cone Trust, 86.1.27.
A special exhibition preview reception for this exhibition has been scheduled for Friday, September 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. This preview is free and open to the public!

Like his good friend Grant Wood, Cedar Rapids native Marvin Cone was one of Iowa's most important artists. Cone's influence in Cedar Rapids is attested to by the multitude of students he taught in his 42 years at Coe College. More than that, Cone's work is reflective of several aspects of American art and his place in the greater discussion of American art remains under-recognized. This large, 7-gallery exhibition attempts to rectify that oversight, not only reassessing Cone's work in general but also contextualizing it in the larger picture of American art. This is the first major solo exhibition of Cone's work since 1980.

Each gallery in Marvin Cone: An American Master focuses on a different subject matter of interest to Cone. There were themes to which Cone returned during his career, including the circus, clouds, barns, the rolling hills of Iowa, and stairs and doors to name a few. Each gallery, then, provides an opportunity to witness the development of a theme over time, to gaze in awe at majestic cloud formations, visit the circus, navigate city streets, or journey into the countryside, all with Marvin Cone as the guide. To create these galleries, the CRMA drew from its extensive collection of works of art by Marvin Cone (more than 500 pieces), as well as its Marvin Cone Archives.

Accompanying this exhibition is a new web gallery devoted to Marvin Cone's art, which will serve to expose his work to a global audience. Both this web gallery and two newly commissioned essays by art historians John Neff and Andrea Kann were made possible by a grant from Rockwell Collins.

This exhibition is supported in part by Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC, an anonymous donor in honor of Joanne Ribble, the Marvin Cone Art Club, and the Momentum Fund of The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

Learn more about Marvin Cone and see an online gallery of his works...


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