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‘Feared and revered’: Zen Cohen’s new exhibition at Public Space One explores queer history and cultures

I’ve had a recurring dream since I was a teenager about an ocean contained in a room. In the dream, I always try to peel back the layers of my experience with the water; to experience it in a more authentic way. I had this dream again for the first time in a long time, and it must be because I’ve been thinking about Zen Cohen’s art. […]

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Reinhart stuns with bright colors and unexpected patterns

Catherine Reinhart speculates that the quilt blocks at the core of her art are living what she calls their “third life,” imagining that they were originally made to be polyester leisure suits before then being made into the quilt she was gifted and, finally, becoming a part of her work. […]

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Art exhibition reclaims fairy tales from Disney and reimagines them for our ‘anxious world’

There’s something lurking below the surface in most fairy tales — a stereotype or expectation threatening to shatter the sugar coating. These unsettling lurkers, including questions about race and gender, come into focus in the traveling art exhibition Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World, on display through April 27 at the Faulconer Gallery in Grinnell. […]

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A review of Earthly Beauty: the liberation from “things as everyone sees them”

If you are familiar with Dyas’ body of work, one might assume that the current exhibit is a continuation of her lifelong passion of documenting Iowa with the dedication of a self-trained ethnographer. In a way, it is, but it is also a step in a different direction. […]

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Seaweed unlike you’ve ever seen it: ‘Making Life Visible’ exhibit closes this weekend

Visit Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College this Saturday for a last chance to tour Making Life Visible: Art, Biology and Visualization. Tours this Saturday, June 9, run 12-1 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. and are part of Grinnell Summerfest, a day of workshops, cultural performances and family oriented activities. […]

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On the 10th anniversary of the 2008 flood, Cedar Rapids artist Mel Andringa looks back to look forward

In 2008, he had been considering retirement. Now, he’s curating two major shows, both opening June 7. One is of his own post-flood work (running through July), and will be held at CSPS Hall, the renovated New Bo building that houses his studio and Legion Arts, both of which suffered great losses due to the flood. The other (running through June 16) is a look back at the 2x2xU exhibit that was hanging all around New Bo when the flood came through. […]

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Gilded Pear Gallery opens summer show ‘Figured’

Gilded Pear Gallery (808 Third Ave SE, Cedar Rapids) is holding an opening reception today for their summer show, Figured. The reception, which begins at 5 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The exhibit features both archived and new work from Midwest artists Jim Ochs, Ann Royer, and Priscilla Steele. Figured explores and examines the human form. “While all three artists draw upon historical inspirations,” the press release states, “each stray from realism to dissect the body into lines, blocks of color, and blurring features.” […]

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Linn-Mar school officials support student artist after her painting is denounced as Satanic and sexually explicit

High school art exhibits usually don’t generate much interest from anyone who isn’t the proud parent of one of the artists, but an exhibition of works by students in Linn-Mar High School’s advanced art class has sparked controversy on social media, with one of the paintings being denounced as Satanic, violent and sexually explicit. […]

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