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GRANT WOOD ARTIFACTS ON DISPLAY AT FIGGE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Monday, 15 August 2011 12:46

Items include cameo brooch worn in American Gothic

Davenport, Iowa - August 2011 - Now on view at the Figge Art Museum is a selection of treasured artifacts that once belonged to Grant Wood, the artist of one of America’s most famous paintings American Gothic (1930). Included in the new display is the “Persephone” cameo broach, worn by his sister who posed for American Gothic, Wood’s trademark glasses along with those belonging to his father, Francis Maryville Wood, a copper picture frame made by Grant Wood containing a photo of Wood in his WWI army uniform, the Wood family bible and Wood’s paint brushes and palette, easel, and other artifacts from Wood’s life.

In addition to the artifacts from the Grant Wood Archive, a recently re-discovered oil sketch by Wood of an Italian village can be viewed in the Regionalist gallery. The painting, on loan from a private collection, was a gift from Wood to John Naughton, then the WPA administrator for the State of Iowa who oversaw several of Wood’s mural commissions.  Earlier this year, the Figge’s Andrew Wallace received an inquiry from someone who believed that they might be in possession of a Grant Wood painting. After studying a photograph of Grant Wood’s Cedar Rapids studio, it was confirmed that the painting was the same as one visible in the studio photograph.  The atypical oil sketch is thought to have been painted during Wood’s visit to Italy in 1923-24 and may, in fact, depict a bordello.  This is the first time this painting has been on view to the public.

The Figge’s Grant Wood Archives have been a source of study and research by several Grant Wood scholars including R. Tripp Evans, professor of art history at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, whose Grant Wood: A Life, was published last year and is now on sale in the Figge Art Museum store.

Associate Curator, Rima Girnius along with the Collections Department worked diligently to present these artifacts and the rediscovered painting to the public. The artifacts and the painting join several other Wood’s paintings, including his only painted self-portrait on view in the Figge’s American Regionalist Gallery.

Nan Wood Graham collected her brother’s artwork, ephemera and memorabilia for 60 years. In 1964, the Davenport Museum of Art purchased Grant Wood’s personal collection of paintings, drawings, artist materials, family photographs, and a complete set of all 19 of Wood’s lithographs from Nan Wood Graham. The Figge is also home to 18 scrapbooks and what is believed to be Wood’s last sketch, Iowa Landscape. The Grant Wood Collection and Archives are now comprised of 249 objects from her collection.

For more information, contact the Figge Art Museum at 563.326.7804.  The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in Downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday’s noon to 5pm and Thursdays 10 am to 9pm.  To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit www.figgeartmuseum.org.

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“You Are Here” Art Exhibition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dawn Wohlford-Metallo   
Monday, 15 August 2011 12:38

WHERE: Quad City Arts Center Gallery,   Rock Island    

  

EXHIBITION DATES: September 9- October 14, 2011

RECEPTION: Friday, September 9th, 7-9 pm

FREE

From September 2nd through October 9th, 2011 Quad City Arts presents “You Are Here” pastel paintings by Rock Island artist Audrey Brownand photography by Randy Richmond of MuscatineIA. The public is cordially invited to attend the opening reception on September 9th from 7-9 pm at Quad City Arts’ Rock Island Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.

You Are Here depicts the rural landscape as seen by contrasting perspectives.  One is more literal, yet thickly layered in color and atmosphere.  The other is more literary and layered in ambiguity and atmospheric histories.  Both communicate an appreciation of the mid-western landscape and the stories that sometimes go unnoticed and untold.

Pastel artist Audrey Brown creates timeless pastoral scenes that take the viewer on a daydream-like journey to the countryside where one can begin to relax simply by gazing at her paintings.

Photographer Randy Richmond will provide a three-dimensional aspect to the exhibit with photo based assemblages created around brass mounted, unique photographs. The small photographs’ historical feel are supported by the antique boxes that are used to “frame” them. These will be in addition to his landscape photographs.

Join us for the opening reception on September 9th from 7-9 pm, in the gallery. Refreshments will be served and artists will be on hand to answer questions about their work.

The Quad City Arts Center Gallery is located at 1715 Second Avenue in the Arts and Entertainment District of Rock Island.  Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. All Quad City Arts programs are funded in part by Festival of Trees; Quad City Arts Partners; and operating grants from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Quad City Arts is a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to the growth and vitality of the Quad City region through the presentation, development and celebration of the arts and humanities. For more information, contact Dawn Wohlford-Metallo 309-793-1213 X108.

 
FIGGE HOSTS RECYCLED ART OUTREACH ACTIVITY AT RIVER ROOTS LIVE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Monday, 15 August 2011 12:37

Davenport, Iowa - August 2011 -The Figge Art museum will host River ARTS Live, a free walk-in art project at River Roots Live on Saturday, August 20 from noon to 6pm.  Event attendees are invited to stop by the Figge’s art tent in the Junior Jam area to create sculptures out of plastic materials recovered from the Mississippi River during Living Lands and Waters’ XStream Cleanup. This art activity is inspired by the work of artist Aurora Robson, whose intricate and colorful sculpture Up Drop is currently on display in the Figge lobby. Robson up-cycles everyday waste to create intricate and brilliantly colored hanging sculptures. The Figge’s fall exhibition, Everything, All at Once, Forever, will feature additional original plastic debris sculptures by Robson.

The outreach program is sponsored by Iowa American Water, and is offered in partnership with Living Lands and Waters and the QC Chamber.

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in Downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, Sundays noon to 5pm and Thursdays 10 am to 9pm.  To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit www.figgeartmuseum.org.

River Roots Live is a free event in Le Claire Park in Downtown Davenport and is presented by the Downtown Partnership, a division of Quad City Chamber.  

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THURSDAYS AT THE FIGGE FEATURES FREE ART ACTIVITIES AND MUSIC BY ELLIS KELL PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Friday, 12 August 2011 00:01

Davenport, Iowa - August 2011 -The Figge will host free art activities on Thursday, August 11 and Thursday, August 18 from 6pm to 7:30pm.  The art activities are offered in conjunction with the current exhibition, The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Chair Design.  On August 11, participants will be able to make prints of iconic chairs, many of which are featured in the exhibition.  On August 18, participants will be able to make miniature chair models.  No drawing skills or previous art-making experience are needed to participate in these free activities. 

The Figge is offering these activities as part of their ”Thursdays at the Figge” weekly program.  This unique program gives museum visitors the opportunity to experience the Figge in a fun, social atmosphere.  Every Thursday the Figge offers an art talk or activity and live music.  Each Thursday in August Ellis Kell will perform from 5:30pm until 7pm in the lobby.  The Arts Café in the museum dining room and the bar are also open for dinner service and cocktails.  The Figge remains open until 9pm on Thursdays.

Admission to the museum is not required to participate in these art activities.  Regular admission applies for admittance to the galleries and special exhibitions. 

The Art of Seating is sponsored by Sears Manufacturing, Paragon Commercial Interiors, Inc., and Rick Bowers.

The Art of Seating is developed by the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and the Jacobsen Collection of American Art; tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.

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RME AND FIGGE PARTNER TO MAKE SOME ARTFUL MUSIC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Thursday, 11 August 2011 23:36

Davenport, Iowa - August 2011 -The Figge Art Museum and the River Music Experience will host the family workshop “Art of Percussion” on Saturday, August 13 from 10am to 2pm.  Families will enjoy a fun, creative day at the Figge beginning with an entertaining performance of Native American music and stories presented by Larry Lockwood on the Figge plaza. Afterwards, participants will create cool and colorful rain sticks, drums, maracas and other shakers and noise makers out of recycled materials in the Figge Studios, and then play these percussion instruments in a musical procession to neighboring River Music Experience. Terry Hanson and fellow musician Ellis Kell will lead a mega drum circle, working out dynamic rhythms and beats.

Schedule:
10 am                       Registration 
10:15 - 10:45am       Native American stories and music on Figge plaza
10:45am-12pm        Instrument building in Figge Studios

12 - 12:30pm            Lunch break

12:30pm                   Musical procession to River Music Experience
12:45 - 2pm              Drum circle at River Music Experience

The fee for this workshop is $10 per family.  This workshop is appropriate for children of all ages; an adult must be present for each family.  Families can pre-register by contacting Heather at 563.326.7804 x 2045 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; day of registration will be available in the Figge lobby at 10am. Families should pack a sack lunch. 

This workshop is in partnership with River Music Experience and supported with Quad City Arts Dollar$ funds, provided by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, the Doris and Victor Day  Foundation, the John Deere Foundation, the Mary Iva Gittens Knouse Charitable Trust, Quad City Arts Partners and Festival of Trees.

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