Up All Night: The Art of the Dark

Lela Powers Briggs, Hot Muggy Night, 1953, watercolor on paper, 15 x 22 inches, gift of Roderick and Donald Briggs, 92.10.30.
Betye Saar, Blow Top Blues: The Fire Next Time, 1998, color lithograph with collage on paper, 27 x 22 inches, museum purchase, 2006.030.
Grant Wood, Night Scene, National Oats, c. 1928, oil on canvas, 22 1/8 x 18 inches, gift of John Reid Cooper and Lee Cooper van de Velde in honor of their grandparents John C. and Sophie S. Reid and their parents James L. and Catherine Reid Cooper, 89.5.5.

Up All Night: The Art of the Dark

October 5, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Up All Night explores how artists have depicted the night and the dark in their work over the past 500 years. Drawing upon the CRMA’s own collection, a wide variety of artists in all media will be included in this unique slice through the collection. The dark, filled with mystery, has been a long-lived theme in art and manifests itself differently in the hands of different artists. This exploration will not only investigate the different approaches artists have taken but also the preconceived notions and ideas about the night and the dark.

This exhibition and accompanying educational programming has been made possible by the GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation Donor-Advised Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

Additional support has been provided by the Hotel-Motel Tax Fund, the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Program Grant Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, members of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and contributors to the Museum’s Annual Fund. Annual educational programming support has been provided in part by Transamerica.