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Photographing the Flood: An Evening with The Gazette Flood Photographers

October 02, 2008

Cedar Rapids, Iowa— Have you ever wondered what thoughts were going through The Gazette photographers’ minds as they spent countless hours photographing the devastation of the flood of 2008? Join us at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) as these photographers discuss their works in the exhibition The Year of the River: Flood Photography from The Gazette.

On Thursday, October 16 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., each artist in attendance will be asked to select one work from the exhibition to speak in front of about the circumstances around and thoughts behind that work. Each of the artists will be introduced by Paul Jensen, Director of Photography for The Gazette. This will be a unique opportunity to hear from the exhibition's artists themselves.

From Marengo to Vinton, from Palo to Cedar Rapids, and from Coralville to Iowa City, The Gazette photographers logged many hours capturing images of the people and places impacted by the extraordinary flooding that occurred in June 2008. While some images they shot documented the magnitude of the rising waters, many other photographs sought out the human side of the catastrophe.

Arranged chronologically in the CRMA’s galleries, the story begins on June 2 in Coralville and as the exhibition progresses, one can sense the growing surge of both the waters and of the efforts to keep them at bay. These 83 images, many never seen before, only tell a fraction of the story.  Nonetheless, they hint at the ongoing struggle between man and the forces of nature. The Year of the River will be on display through February 22, 2008 with free admission for all visitors through November 1, 2008.

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The mission of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is to excite, engage and educate our community and visitors through our collection, exhibitions and programs. The Museum’s collection contains more than 5,600 works of art by hundreds of artists, including the world's largest collection of works by Grant Wood. For more information on exhibitions or related programs call the Museum at 319.366.7503 or visit the Museum's web site at The CRMA is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with extended hours and free general admission from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday. The CRMA is also open noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, but closed Monday and major holidays.