A new Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) exhibition captures a summer
in Paris through the eyes of Grant Wood and Marvin Cone.
The exhibition, Americans in Paris: Grant Wood and Marvin Cone’s 1920 Trip to Paris, opened October 24 and is on view until October 10, 2021. Visitors can take in a broader look into the CRMA’s collection of works by Grant Wood and Marvin Cone. Many pieces’ dates and locations are referenced in Cone’s diary,
where he documented most days in their Paris trip.
“Interestingly, both Wood and Cone avoided major Parisian landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame cathedral and instead focused on more intimate scenes of Paris’ cozy neighborhood cafes and extensive parks,” says Associate Curator Kate Kunau. “Wood’s painting of the Tuileries Gate and Obelisk in Place de la Concorde or the church of St. Étienne du Mont are as
close as either artist came to depicting a major monument.”
American in Paris: Grant Wood and Marvin Cone’s 1920 Trip to Paris documents a journey taken by life-long friends Wood and Coneto the City of Light The two artists bring to light that there is more to this city than its tourist attractions.
Art Bites: Americans in Paris: Grant Wood and Marvin Cone’s 1920 Trip to Paris
Wednesday, December 2, 12:15 PM-1:00 PM, Free
Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for an in-person tour of Americans in Paris! Grant Wood and Marvin Cone traveled to the City of Light in 1920 and Cone, a dedicated diarist, wrote a nearly day-by-day record of their activities. Come see how two young men from Iowa experienced the art world’s greatest city!
The mission of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is to excite, engage, and educate through the arts. The Museum’s collection contains more than 8,000 works of art by hundreds of artists, including the world’s largest collection of works by Grant Wood. For more information on exhibitions or related programs call the Museum at 319.366.7503 or visit the Museum’s website at www.crma.org. Museum Hours: noon to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday; noon to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Grant Wood Studio Hours: noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (April-December). For more information please visit www.crma.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.