Friday, August 26, 2011
Love Grant Wood? Then hurry to Dubuque!
If you’re a Grant Wood fan, you won’t want to miss the God Bless America sculpture inspired by Wood’s famous American Gothic painting now on display outside the Dubuque Museum of Art.
Seward Johnson’s 25-foot sculpture has been on display in Chicago, among other cities. It’s nice to see it in Iowa, where it belongs. It seemed very out of place on Michigan Avenue.
The sculpture of the iconic American Gothic painting seem perfectly at home in Dubuque. But if you want to see it there, go soon. Its exhibition run ends Sept. 1.
Unlike many of the parodies of the famous painting, God Bless America does not attempt to satirize Wood’s art but rather enlarges and adds dimension to it. The sculpture shows the famous couple full-length with a large suitcase at their feet.
Inside the museum there’s a small but quite nice collection of Grant Wood paintings, some created in Europe prior to the adoption of his well-known American Regionalist style.
The Dubuque Museum of Art is located at 7th and Locust. Admission is free.
Carole Gieseke, Iowa Girl on the Go