Friday, May 28, 2010

On the web this week...New Exhibit Opening

Today marks the opening of our new exhibit about Grant Wood. Join us tonight from 6-7 pm for the opening reception and meet Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret, publisher and editor of Nan Wood Graham's Biography on Grant Wood. KTVO posts the story here: READ MORE, and KTVO will have a sneak peak of the exhibit on tonights news, for those of you who won't be able to come to the exhibit.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

On The Web This Week...Remembering Grant Wood

Last month the John Deere Corporate Art Collection took over the fourth floor of the Figge Museum in Davenport. Most note worthy for our readers is the fact that the collection includes a few Grant Wood peices--Fall Plowing being one of the most recognized. The collection represented all of the cultures and contries where John Deere did business. READ MORE.

Also last month, Iowa City hosted a Grant Wood symposium for scholars to take a deeper look into the person Grant Wood. They looked at religious themes in his paintings, his sexuality and alcoholism, and his relationship to the community as seen through his work. One of the scholars, R. Trip Evans, has a new biography on Grant Wood that will be released this fall. READ MORE.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

On The Web This Week...Grant Wood's Window

While Grant Wood is most known for his paintings, he also designed the Veteran's Memorial Window in Cedar Rapids. The window suffered damage with the 2008 flooding and has since been undergoing restoration work. According to the article "As Repairs Are Made, Artist's Style Is Revealed" by Barb Ickes, the window had 150 cracks. The article describes the restoration process and is very interesting.

As some of you may know, when the window was completed in 1929, Wood received little recognition for this project. Wood had the window constructed in Germany, and the Daughters of the Revolution were so offended by this, they kept Wood from having a public unveiling of the window.The Biz Buzz notes that a fitting unveiling will take palce after the completion of the restoration work.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

On the web this week...going inside

Paul Anater has taken the house to a new place. Using Googles's SketchUp and images he found on-line (all of which look very familiar), he created a 3D model of the house, which can now be seen on Google Earth! There are a series of posts to his blog called Kitchen and Residential Design about this project. The end result was a presentation at a trade show in Chicago, for which he digitally renovated the house with a new kitchen!

The Center feilds request to go inside the house every day, and now those of you who have desired to do so will soon have two digital opportunities. Tonight, Matt from KTVO presents a feature story with a look inside the house. The main story will be on the 10 o'clock news, with a sneak peak at 5 and 6.

The second opportunity comes from an Iowa photographer...but I'll save that story for later.

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