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“Grant Wood paintings”

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
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Owner description: With more than 2,000 years of art on display in the heart of Downtown Cedar Rapids, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art has something to offer everyone!
Reviewed September 19, 2013

The museum is beautifully laid out and it is good to see so many of Grant Wood's paintings under one roof. A visit to Grant Wood's studio just 4 blocks up the road is also worth a visit.

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Reviewed September 14, 2013

The museum is definitely worth a visit. But I'm here to tell you about the unexpected sidecar to the museum, a one-of-a-kind attraction: Grant Wood's home and studio. It's not just his home and studio, it's the one he built with his own hands and decorated with his own art. Grant Wood was not just an accomplished artist on canvas, he worked in other media like metal. He designed the fireplace himself.The walls. The furniture. You get the idea. He lived there for 11 years and painted some of his most important works there. The apartment he built for himself on the second floor of this 1890s carriage house was rented out as an apartment until 2000. (Can you imagine living there?) The building was donated to the CRMA in 2003 and restored to its 1930s state. Admission to the Studio is often free, but even so, you get a very good guided tour that highlights its amazing features. Parking is easy and free, the only drawback is that the studio is not handicapped-accessible, and the site is closed January through March. Don't miss it.

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Reviewed September 9, 2013

Although the museum has marvelous Grant Wood and Marvin Cone collections, the other permanent art as well as the visiting exhibitions are interesting as well. I'm fond of the building itself - the old-fashioned Carnegie Library with a modern addition.Grant Wood's loft studio is just down the street from the museum and is open to the public. It's where he painted "American Gothic"-- which, unfortunately for visitors to Cedar Rapids, can be seen at the Art Institute of Chicago. (Go see it when you're in Chicago.)

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

We took advantage of the free summer admission to the museum, but even the regular admission price of $5 is an amazing deal for all the works of art you get to see. From Grant Wood to ancient Roman busts and now a special exhibition of children's literature illustrations, we enjoyed each exhibit in the museum.

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

If you are interested in regional art, don't miss the CRMA! The collection of paintings by Grant Wood (think "American Gothic" -- the second most parodied painting in the world, after the Mona Lisa) and Marvin Cone, Wood's contemporary and compatriot, is perhaps the best in the world. So much can be learned about the regionalist movement by viewing the full range of paintings this most talented due created during the 1920s-1970s. Of course, the Museum always have traveling exhibits available, too, along with a superb collection of Roman marble busts. The Museum Shop is interesting and diverse, as is the architecture of the building. If the Cone collection inspires you, be sure to also check out the superb Cone installation in the Marvin Cone galleries in the Stewart Memorial Library at Coe College -- only a few blocks away. Really, if you are in CR, don't miss this gem.

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