Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
America on Paper: Prints from Associated American Artists
February 4-May 14, 2017
Associated American Artists (AAA) was begun in the 1930s by Reeves Lewenthal, who realized the huge potential in marketing affordable art to America’s large middle class. AAA was a hugely successful commercial enterprise that popularized American prints for six decades. Producing work from some of America’s best-known artists such as Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry and lesser-known luminaries like Luigi Lucioni, AAA prints were marketed as both educational and patriotic – “art for the people.” The CRMA has an extensive collection of AAA prints and this exhibition explores some of the common themes created by AAA artists.
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Dale Chihuly Venetians: The George R. Stroemple Collection
One of American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly’s most daring and controversial series. TheVenetians in the Stroemple Collection include the Putti Venetians, capacious and ambitious vessels, each with hot-formed figurative sculptures of putti and mythological creatures included in the design; Venetians (without putti); Piccolo Venetians, the smaller but no less spirited vessels originally based on traditional Venetian themes; Bottlestoppers, three monumental vessels inspired by perfume bottles, surmounted by hot-formed sculptures made by Pino Signoretto; and a selection of Chihuly drawings of Venetians, evidence of Chihuly’s creative process as he conceived of the Venetian designs. In all of the Venetians—called by Donald Kuspit a “toast to life”—Chihuly achieves his most resplendently baroque work, with blazing color, coiled tendrils, overblown flora and impish putti.
African American Museum of Iowa
Mightier than the Sword
through July 29, 2017
Open 10-4 Mon-Sat
Examine the history and evolution of African American literature from the 18th century to the present in the AAMI’s current exhibit. From autobiographical slave narratives to the creative explosion of the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Arts Movement to modern-day authors, poets, and playwrights, the exhibit features influential black authors and examines the role literature plays in shaping public opinion on political and cultural issues.