Ravenous: Food in Art: January 20-May 5, 2024

Marvin Cone, Five Pears, 1933, oil on composition board, 18 1/8 x 20 1/16 x 1 7/8 inches, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, museum purchase, Dorothy Houts Fund with gift of Winnifred Cone and the Marvin Cone Trust, 86.1.27.
Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret, Polish Cookie Bakers, 1989, gelatin silver print, 7 9/16 x 7 ½ inches, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, promised gift of the artist, L2004.094.
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Grant Wood, The Hired Girl, 1935, gouache, crayon, and colored pencil on paper, 32 ¾ x 25 ¾ x 1 inches, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, museum purchase, 90.8.
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, The Pancake Woman, 1635, reproductive etching, 4 ¼ x 3 1/8 inches, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, anonymous gift, 85.13.4.

Ravenous: Food in Art

January 20 – May 5, 2024


Food is essential to our survival.  It is also one of the great pleasures in life.  It is no surprise then that fruit, vegetables, meat, and drink have been common motifs in painting and sculpture throughout time.  But there’s more to paintings of food than meets the eye.  This exhibition explores a variety of artworks to consider the meaning behind these meals.

This exhibition and accompanying educational programming have been made possible in part by the Program Support Grant Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Iowa Arts Council, which exists within the Iowa Economic Development Authority, members of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and contributors to the Museum’s Annual Fund.  Annual educational programming has been supported in part by Transamerica.