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Seeing and Remembering: Portraits and Their Stories

September 24, 2011 - January 15, 2012

Grant Wood, Study for Self-Portrait, 1932, charcoal and pastel on paper, 14 1/2 x 12 in., Museum purchase, 93.11.
Portraiture is one of the oldest forms of art in history, with likenesses of individuals having been made for more than 5,000 years. Portraits, in their many guises, still fascinate us. The exhibition looks at the different genres within portraiture as seen from the vantage point of the artist. Such concepts as the artist and his patron, the artist portraying his own family, the artist making a commemorative portrait of someone he never met, and the many different situations that give rise to portraits are considered. From realistic to conceptual, from famous people to ordinary folks, this exhibition draws upon the extensive portraiture holdings in the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, as well as key loans from local collectors and artists.

This exhibition is supported in part by United Fire Group, The McIntyre Foundation, Mrs. Dee Ann McIntyre, and the Momentum Fund of The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.


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