Feb
20
Thu
Talk: “Goddess Eye View” with Suzanne Wright @ Art Building West, room 240
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm

In a recent body of work, Grant Wood Fellow in Painting & Drawing Suzanne Wright researched the planning, architecture, and symbology of Washington, DC. Using Google Earth to view the capital city from an aerial perspective, she created an inverted, “feminized” version of the city’s monuments. These works open a dialogue that responds to historically masculine symbols of power, exemplified by her painting of the Washington Monument, Goddess Eye View. Wright will discuss how art, activism, and collectives have profoundly shaped her understanding of the systemic nature of discrimination and oppression, as well as the ways in which art can be a tactic of resistance and has the potential to change habitual perspectives and consciousness.

Suzanne Wright is an artist and professor living and working in Los Angeles. She earned her BFA at Cooper Union and MFA at the University of California San Diego; she also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Wright’s paintings, drawings, and collages propose a contemporary feminist alchemy, forging alternative frames of reference with new perspectives that attempt to lead us to a re-vitalized kind of perception, equality, and empowerment. Her most recent solo show Feminist Alchemy was on view at Wilding Cran Gallery (Los Angeles, CA). Other recent exhibitions were at Commonwealth and Council (Los Angeles, CA) called The Rainbow Control Room and Angel’s Gate Cultural Center (San Pedro, CA). She has been included in exhibitions at Stephen Friedman Gallery (London, UK), Stefan Stux (New York, NY), Claire Oliver Gallery (New York, NY), and Monya Rowe (New York, NY). She was awarded the Kraus visiting professorship in Painting and Drawing at Carnegie Mellon and has taught at several universities in New York and Los Angeles. Her work can be seen in publications including Cock, Paper, Scissors; Feminist Landscapes; Strange Attractors; Armpit of the Mole; and Art and Queer Culture (Phaidon, 2013). Wright has been an active member of various AIDS and LGBTQ organizations, including ACT UP/New York from 1989–1998.

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.

Feb
21
Fri
Jane Gilmor and David Van Allen @ McWethy Hall Peter Paul Luce Gallery
Feb 21 all-day

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Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

This extraordinary exhibition, drawn entirely from the rich collection of the Reading Public Museum, explores the path to Impressionism through the nineteenth century and the complex relationship between French Impressionism of the 1870s and 1880s and the American interpretation of the style in the decades that followed. More than seventy-five paintings and works on paper help tell the story of the new style of painting which developed at the end of the nineteenth century—one that emphasized light and atmospheric conditions, rapid or loose brushstrokes, and a focus on brightly colored scenes from everyday life.

 

Some of the artists featured in the exhibition include Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt, who exhibited in the official Impressionist exhibitions in Paris in the 1870s and 1880s. Among the earliest American artists to embrace the style were John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, John Henry Twachtman, Childe Hassam, and Frank W. Benson.  A host of American artists who embraced the style by the turn of the century including Robert Lewis Reid, William Paxton, Chauncey Ryder, and Guy Wiggins, are highlighted in the exhibition.

Ooh La La: French Works from the Riley Collection @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

As a companion exhibition to Across the Atlantic, the CRMA will present a selection from the private collection of Tom and Nan Riley.  Drawing exclusively on French works, artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro will complement the French works included in Across the Atlantic.  It will be a rare opportunity to see important French works from a local private collection in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the origins of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

Unwrapped: Gifts from the Peter Norton Family Christmas Project, 1988-2018 @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Feb 21 @ 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.

Feb
22
Sat
Jane Gilmor and David Van Allen @ McWethy Hall Peter Paul Luce Gallery
Feb 22 all-day

Artist’s Reception & Gallery Talk:  Jan. 24, 4–6 p.m.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.

Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This extraordinary exhibition, drawn entirely from the rich collection of the Reading Public Museum, explores the path to Impressionism through the nineteenth century and the complex relationship between French Impressionism of the 1870s and 1880s and the American interpretation of the style in the decades that followed. More than seventy-five paintings and works on paper help tell the story of the new style of painting which developed at the end of the nineteenth century—one that emphasized light and atmospheric conditions, rapid or loose brushstrokes, and a focus on brightly colored scenes from everyday life.

 

Some of the artists featured in the exhibition include Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt, who exhibited in the official Impressionist exhibitions in Paris in the 1870s and 1880s. Among the earliest American artists to embrace the style were John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, John Henry Twachtman, Childe Hassam, and Frank W. Benson.  A host of American artists who embraced the style by the turn of the century including Robert Lewis Reid, William Paxton, Chauncey Ryder, and Guy Wiggins, are highlighted in the exhibition.

Ooh La La: French Works from the Riley Collection @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

As a companion exhibition to Across the Atlantic, the CRMA will present a selection from the private collection of Tom and Nan Riley.  Drawing exclusively on French works, artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro will complement the French works included in Across the Atlantic.  It will be a rare opportunity to see important French works from a local private collection in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the origins of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

STEAM Saturdays @ Ladd Library
Feb 22 @ 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, December 14 – Engineering: Building Challenge

Saturday, December 21- Math: Calculating Distance, Rate and Time

Saturday, December 28 – Making Snow and Slime

Saturday, January 4 – Computer Science: Making a Cardboard Guitar Play

Saturday, January 11- Art: Poured Canvas Art

Saturday, January 18 – Physics: Bubbles and Balloons

Saturday, January 25 – Ecology: Biomes vs Habitats

Saturday, February 1 – Biology: Building our Own Cell

Saturday, February 8 – Robotics: Make Your Own Robot

Saturday, February 15 – Acoustics: Seeing Sound

Saturday, February 22 – Art: Creating Optical Illusion Art

Saturday, February 29 – Optics: Explore Light with Prisms

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
Feb 22 @ 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.