Monday, July 26, 2010

On the web this week...House Fans

For those of you "House" fans, check out this new American Gothic Parody.

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Wood Corn Room mural segments installed in Council Bluffs.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

On the web this week...New Administrator Hired

After reviewing many applicants and interviewing a select three, the American Gothic House Center Board hired Molly Moser to begin work on August 3 as the new American Gothic House Center Administrator.

Originally from Guttenberg, Iowa, Molly graduated from the University of Iowa with a Studio Art Major, Business Administrator Minor and Museum Studies Certificate. While going to school, Molly worked at the Old Capitol Museum, Blank Honors Center Galleries, Office of the State Archeologist, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Des Moines Art Center and the Wilson Home of Guttenberg. Most recently, Molly spent this summer as a member of the Ginnell Artist Residency Program, which was recently highlighted by the Des Moines Register.

There will be an opportunity to meet Molly at the Humanities Iowa Lecture "Early Depression Dilemmas of Rural Iowa, October 1929 to November 1932" by Lisa Ossian at the Eldon Library Hall that has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 12 at 7 pm. Refreshments will be served after the lecture.

Read More Here about the Grinnell Artist Residency Program

Read More about Molly Moser at the Grinnell Artist Residency Program

In other news and in follow up to a previous story, the Grant Wood Cultural District in downtown Cedar Rapids is to be certified by the State Historical Society of Iowa.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

On the web this week...History of an American Town...Stone City

As a follow up to the bus trip the center took this spring to Cedar Rapids, Anamosa and Stone City, I thought this first article was appropriate. The writer chose to highlight Stone City as part of his American Town series. A discussion of Stone City couldn't be complete without talking about Grant Wood's painting of "Stone City" or the Art Colony he helped host there.


The second article is a very nice essay on Grant Wood. It contains a Grant Wood quote that is new to me: "Alexander, Caesar, Napoleon, you all had great moments, but you never tasted the supreme triumph; you were never a farm boy riding in from the fields on a bulging rack of new-mown hay." –Grant Wood


Friday, July 2, 2010

On the web this week...Rededication of Memorial Window

Grant Wood's Memorial Window in Cedar Rapids has been restored and repaired, and is to be rededicated this weekend on Sunday, July 4.


In other news, Nan Wood Graham is remembered as the Mona Lisa of America by Riverside, California.