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America on Paper: Prints from Associated American Artists

February 4 - May 14, 2017

Thomas Hart Benton, I Got a Gal on Sourwood Mountain, 1938, lithograph, 12 ½ x 9 ¼ inches, gift of Peter O. Stamats, 85.3.1.

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.

This exhibition is made possible by Rockwell Collins. Exhibition season support has been provided by the Hotel-Motel Tax Fund, the Program Grant Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, members of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and contributors to the Museum's Annual Fund. 


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