Continuing the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the CRMA, this exhibition looks at 125 masterpieces drawn from the CRMA’s extensive collection. Works which normally do not hang together because of their diverse subjects or styles will coexist in an exuberant display of the CRMA’s treasures. Artworks by Grant Wood and Marvin Cone are joined with those of important early African-American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner and American Impressionist Frederick Carl Frieseke. Roman treasures will be on view with modern and contemporary masterworks. Prints and drawings, paintings and sculptures will hang together, spanning nearly two thousand years of artmaking. The list of artists is a veritable who’s who of artists from the history of art: Baskin, Beasley, Benton, Beuys, Bolotowsky, Bonnard, Braque, Brown, Buck, and Burford—and that’s just the B’s. While only a fraction of the collection, these 125 works represent a sampling of the breadth and depth of the CRMA’s rich and diverse collection.
“125! is a celebration of both the CRMA and the local community that has made our collection possible. The 125 artworks in the exhibition were chosen from the approximately 8,000 pieces in the permanent collection, nearly 100% of which were acquired as donations from local collectors or through funds from local supporters. This exhibition is a celebration of the continued strength and generosity of the Cedar Rapids community and we’re thrilled to be able to showcase it at the CRMA.” Associate Curator Kate Kunau