Approaching Storm

University of Iowa Museum of Art--"New Forms"

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) was established in 1969 and is considered one of the best university art museums in the country. It has a collection of over 15,000 objects which includes the Stanley Collection of African Art and Jackson Pollock's Mural (1943). Although the UIMA lost access to its building in the 2008 flood, its collection can be seen at the following temporary locations: Black Box Theater and Visual Classroom at the Iowa Memorial Union, Old Capitol Museum, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, and throughout the state of Iowa through its Legacies for Iowa Collections Sharing Project.

The Daily Palette is celebrating "New Forms: The Avant-Garde Meets the American Scene, 1934-1949", the UIMA's current exhibition at the Black Box Theater in the Iowa Memorial Union. The show, which is on view through December 4, 2013, presents works of art from the museum's collection of 20th century American art. The exhibition explores the complicated relationship between American Scene painting and avant-garde art, with a special focus on Iowa as "a hotbed of controversy and innovation."

This week the Daily Palette is celebrating "New Forms" by featuring works of art by Iowa-affiliated artists that are included in the exhibition. These works highlight the variety of media included in the exhibition, including paintings, photographs, drawings, and prints.

Approaching Storm, lithograph, 16 1/8" x 12", 1940

Gift of Edwin B. Green, 1988.11

Art © Figge Art Museum, successors to the Estate of Nan Wood Graham/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Image courtesy of University of Iowa Museum of Art

Grant Wood (1891-1942), Iowa's most famous artist, was born in Anamosa and grew up in Cedar Rapids.  He founded the Stone City Art Colony in Stone City, Iowa, which operated during the summers of 1932 and 1933.  After studying art at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Academie Julian in Paris, he taught art in Cedar Rapids and later at the University of Iowa from 1935 to 1940.  A member of the well-known triumvirate of regionalist painters from the Midwest, alongside Thomas Hart Benton and John Steuart Curry, Wood focused on scenes of small town life during the 1930s when the country called for nationalistic images that would appeal to the average American.  His painting style is characterized by tight brushstrokes and attention to detail.  Wood also worked in a variety of other media—he designed stained glass windows and jewelry, worked in wood, and made ceramics, sculptures assembled out of found objects, and prints.

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