May
30
Sat
125!: 125 Masterworks from the Collection @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Continuing the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the CRMA, the summer exhibition will look at 125 masterpieces drawn from our own collection.  Whereas Across the Atlantic looked at another prestigious American museum collection, we have much to celebrate within our own 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.  Works by Grant Wood and Marvin Cone will be joined by those of important early African-American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner, American Impressionist Frederick Carl Frieseke, and American sculptor Malvina Hoffman.  Roman treasures will be on view alongside modern and contemporary masterworks.  It will be a true celebration of the depth and breadth of the collection, as well as a celebration of the community which made this collection possible.

Mary Zeran: 10 Years @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

In 2020, local artist Mary Zeran will have been working as a profession artist for 10 years. Given the CRMA’s rich history of presenting the art of local artists—especially when they’ve achieved a certain milestone or completed a specific new body of work—the idea of displaying a 10-year retrospective of Zeran’s work during the CRMA’s 125th anniversary year seems fitting.  One of the very few local artists to have spent her entire painting career working in abstraction, Zeran’s work will challenge viewers to see her subtle but significant evolution over the course of the past 10 years.  Constantly exploring, Zeran has crafted different methods of mark-making to accompany her evolution in palette and scale.  The exhibition will not only trace the trajectory of her career, it will also include a site-specific installation created especially for this exhibition.

STEAM Saturdays @ Ladd Library
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Saturday mornings are for investigation! Elementary aged children and parents/guardians/ care-givers are invited to participate in a STEAM project that they will work on individually or with others.

Participants will be encouraged to share their findings or work with the group. We will also celebrate the scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and artists who inspired today’s project.

Saturday, March 7 – Coding: Computer Logic with LEGOS

Saturday, March 14 – Art: Mobius Strips

Saturday, March 28 – Circuitry: Light Up Cards

Saturday, April 11 – Forensics: Techniques for Solving a Case

Saturday, April 18 – Chemistry: Bath Bomb Science

Saturday, April 25 – Botany: Plant Life

Saturday, May 9 – Film: Stop Motion with Lego*

Saturday, May 16 – Aerodynamics: Paper Airplane Physics

Saturday, May 23 – Acoustics: Building Sound Waves

* The library has some tablets for individuals without a smartphone or tablet, but participants who own these devices are encouraged to bring them for use. The FREE app used is Stop Motion Studio. Consider downloading this on your own device before the program. Thank you!

We always recommend confirming details before attending. We hope to see you there!

Unwrapped: Gifts from the Peter Norton Family Christmas Project, 1988-2018 @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
May 30 @ 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.

Women of the Store @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Museum store is highlighting various artwork by women artists, Women of the Store, in celebration of the month of May. If looking for the creative women in your life, we have a fabulous selection of art. Please stop in and enjoy the assortment and support our women artists!

Nature Explorers @ Cedar Rapids Downtown Library
May 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Calling all nature explorers! Join us once a month as we explore nature through hands-on-projects and stories. Some activities will involve going outside, weather permitting.

Be sure to wear clothing that is appropriate for the weather we will be having as well as clothing that you can get messy in.

January: Animal Tracks

February: V-Day Activities: heart scavenger hunt and/or snowball fight, homemade pet toys for CVHS

March: Plants & Birds, grow a seed and/or make a bird feeder to take home

May
31
Sun
125!: 125 Masterworks from the Collection @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
May 31 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Continuing the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the CRMA, the summer exhibition will look at 125 masterpieces drawn from our own collection.  Whereas Across the Atlantic looked at another prestigious American museum collection, we have much to celebrate within our own 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.  Works by Grant Wood and Marvin Cone will be joined by those of important early African-American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner, American Impressionist Frederick Carl Frieseke, and American sculptor Malvina Hoffman.

Mary Zeran: 10 Years @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
May 31 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In 2020, local artist Mary Zeran will have been working as a profession artist for 10 years. Given the CRMA’s rich history of presenting the art of local artists—especially when they’ve achieved a certain milestone or completed a specific new body of work—the idea of displaying a 10-year retrospective of Zeran’s work during the CRMA’s 125th anniversary year seems fitting.  One of the very few local artists to have spent her entire painting career working in abstraction, Zeran’s work will challenge viewers to see her subtle but significant evolution over the course of the past 10 years.  Constantly exploring, Zeran has crafted different methods of mark-making to accompany her evolution in palette and scale.  The exhibition will not only trace the trajectory of her career, it will also include a site-specific installation created especially for this exhibition.

Unwrapped: Gifts from the Peter Norton Family Christmas Project, 1988-2018 @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
May 31 @ 12:00 pm – 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.

Women of the Store @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
May 31 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Museum store is highlighting various artwork by women artists, Women of the Store, in celebration of the month of May. If looking for the creative women in your life, we have a fabulous selection of art. Please stop in and enjoy the assortment and support our women artists!