Oct
3
Sat
Oktoberfest @ Amana Colonies
Oct 3 all-day

Iowa’s original and most authentic Oktoberfest celebrates its 55th year with music, food and fun.

Check amanacolonies.com for tickets information and cost.

Scarecrow Trail @ Amana Colonies
Oct 3 all-day

Travel the Amana Colony trail through the 7 villages and find as many scarecrows as you can.

Maps are available at the Visitor’s Center.

 

Grant Wood Revealed: Rarely Seen Works by an American Master @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Rounding out our anniversary year will be an unusual look at arguably Iowa’s most important artist, Grant Wood. While known for his iconic American Gothic (Art Institute of Chicago) and other Regionalist works from his mature style, Grant Wood was constantly exploring styles, techniques, and media.  This exhibition will bring together works from both the CRMA collection as well as from private collections to celebrate Wood’s inquisitive mind.  Rarely seen paintings will be joined with diverse metalwork pieces, drawings, and studies to construct a fuller view of Wood’s genius.

Seriously Funny: American Gothic Parodies @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Grant Wood’s American Gothic is probably the world’s most parodied American painting, second only to Leonardo’s Mona Lisa.  The fact that thousands of parodies of American Gothic exist, dating back several decades, speaks to the enduring inspiration of one of America’s greatest works of art.  This exhibition—a first for the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art—will look at many of these parodies—some in the flesh on the gallery’s walls and many others digitally projected in an attempt to share the incredible reach of this iconic painting.  From Bill and Hillary Clinton to Leonardo and Mona Lisa to RuPaul as male and female, these parodies speak to how this one painting serves as the basis for looking at various contemporary people and issues.  Wood’s impactful 1930 painting continues to inspire “artists” of all ages and skills in a playful and humorous way that Wood would no doubt have applauded.

Unwrapped: Gifts from the Peter Norton Family Christmas Project, 1988-2018 @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Retired computer entrepreneur Peter Norton (Norton Antivirus Software) is a contemporary art collector as well as an active participant in various civic and philanthropic activities. In 1988, the Norton Family Christmas Project began commissioning artists to create original, multiple-edition works that were mailed as holiday greetings to friends, colleagues, and selected institutions.  In 2017, the CRMA received the bulk of these wonderful holiday greetings from Director Emeritus Terry Pitts and his wife Kathy Hall.

 

The objects and artists’ books that comprise the Project collection are incredibly varied. A sense of whimsy runs through many of the pieces: salt and pepper shakers become snow globes, a music box exhorts us to be silent.  Many works also have a sociopolitical focus, addressing issues as varied as slavery, AIDS, and gender identity.  Taken together, the Norton Family Christmas Project objects and artists’ books provide a wonderful snapshot of the last thirty years of activity in the art world at large, presenting the work of both emerging and more established artists.  The 2018 edition of the Norton Family Christmas Project was the last and ended the series.

Stanley Reads Book Club @ Online (registration required)
Oct 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Stanley Reads puts the museum’s recent exhibitions in conversation with literature. This fall we will consider Follow Her Lead in relation to Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Both the exhibition and novel focus on women and motherhood across time and geography. During each meeting of the book club, we will pair artwork from the exhibition with chapters from the book to connect deeply with the themes and expand our understanding of the objects and the story.

Stanley Reads is led by Kimberly Datchuk, curator of learning & engagement and is presented in partnership with Prairie Lights Books.

Homegoing begins in Ghana in the eighteenth century. It follows the lives of two half-sisters and eight generations of their descendants, those who endured enslavement in America and those who remained in Africa. The powerful story shows the deep and lasting effects of slavery.

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Homegoing won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the NBCC’s John Leonard Award. It is Gyasi’s first novel.

Register for Stanley Reads:  https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3VR83aPIweoUmHz.

Once registered, you will receive invitations to all Stanley Reads events.

Registration will cut off at noon the Friday preceding each event. Anyone registered after that will be added to the following meeting.

September 19

  • “Effia” (pp. 1–26)
  • “Esi” (pp.27–48)

October 3

  • “Quey” (pp. 49–86)
  • “James” (pp. 87–109)

October 17

  • “Kojo” (pp. 110–131)
  • “Abena” (pp. 132–152)

October 31 (Led by Derek Nnuro)

  • “H” (pp. 155–175)
  • “Akua” (pp. 176–197)

November 14

  • “Willie” (pp. 198–220)
  • “Yaw” (pp. 221–241)

December 5

  • “Sonny” (pp. 242–262)
  • “Marjorie” (pp. 263–282)
  • “Marcus” (pp. 283–299)

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the SMA in advance at 319-335-1727.

Spooky Legends of Linn County @ The History Center
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for authentic Linn County Ghost Stories told by storyteller Darrin Crow, including campfires, s’mores and hot cocoa. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7:00 p.m. This is an outdoor event. Please bring a lawn chair and wear a face mask! Admission is $5.00 per person.

Songs for a New World – A Virtual Concert presented by City Circle Theatre Company @ Online, virtual event
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice… or take a stand… or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.

Featuring:
Kristen Behrendt DeGrazia, Mia Fryvecind Gimenez,
Emma Gostonczik, Anthony Hendricks, Ian Zahren

This virtual performance is professionally filmed and streamed right into your home! Click here to purchase tickets and learn more.
Oct
4
Sun
Oktoberfest @ Amana Colonies
Oct 4 all-day

Iowa’s original and most authentic Oktoberfest celebrates its 55th year with music, food and fun.

Check amanacolonies.com for tickets information and cost.

Scarecrow Trail @ Amana Colonies
Oct 4 all-day

Travel the Amana Colony trail through the 7 villages and find as many scarecrows as you can.

Maps are available at the Visitor’s Center.