Free summer admission at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Marvin Cone courtesy of Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Marvin Cone courtesy of Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) is excited to treat the community to another summer of free admission until Sept. 6. The CRMA houses the world’s largest collection of regionalist master Grant Wood’s work and is located smack-dab in the thick of downtown Cedar Rapids (410 Third Avenue SE).

What’s on exhibit?

There are some great shows currently up at the CRMA. Ladies of the Club: Female Portraits from the Collection is on view, featuring the work of Ann Royer as well as Andy Warhol’s iconic Jackie Kennedy prints. Diego Lasanksy: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man will be up through October; Lasanksy is a recent UI graduate (BFA 2016) and the grandson of master printmaker Mauricio Lasanksy. But I’m especially stoked for the Rodin exhibit, showcasing pieces from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collection. There’s Rodin portrait busts and full-length sculptures of Hugo, Balzac and Mahler.

Marvin Cone courtesy of Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Marvin Cone courtesy of Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Are you down with Marvin Cone?

Grant Wood and the Lasanksy’s get repped pretty hard in eastern Iowa, but the local artist I am most enraptured with is Marvin Cone. Cone was a Cedar Rapids native and friend and contemporary of Wood. He taught French at Coe College and quietly produced thousands of works during his lifetime. His oeuvre is worth digging into; he evoked the subtleties of the Iowa landscape and the sublime majesty of midwestern weather like no other–and all in such modest canvases. I’d put him up there alongside the best Romantics (Caspar David Friedrich) as well as all of the heavy-hitters from the Hudson River School (Cole, Church, Moran, Durand, Kensett, Innes).

Grant Wood’s studio is cool…

The actual studio Grant Wood worked in during his life in Cedar Rapids is also free to explore this summer. The studio is open for tours from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and is located three blocks from the CRMA at 810 Second Ave SE (the studio was originally located on Turner Alley).

Marvin Cone courtesy of Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Marvin Cone courtesy of Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

I could google this but…

The CRMA museum hours are: noon until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; 10 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday.

Saintly patronage

This year’s Free Summer Admission Program has been made possible thanks to the deep pockets of Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, Transamerica and UFG.

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