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Museum Preview: Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables at the Whitney Museum of American Art

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Grant Wood's American Gothic — the double portrait of a pitchfork-wielding farmer and a woman commonly presumed to be his wife — is perhaps the most recognizable painting in twentieth century American art, an indelible icon of Americana, and certainly Wood's most famous work.  But Wood's career consisted of far more than one single painting.  Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables (March 2 through June 10, 2018) brings together the full range of his art, from his early arts and crafts decorative objects and impressionist oils through his mature paintings, murals, and book illustrations.  The exhibition reveals a complex, sophisticated artist whose image as a farmer-painter was as mythical as the fables he depicted in his art.  Wood sought pictorially to fashion a world of harmony and prosperity that would answer America's need for reassurance at a time of economic and social upheaval occasioned by the Depression.  Yet underneath its bucolic exterior, his art reflected the anxiety of being an artist and a closeted gay man in the Midwest in the 1930s.  By depicting his subconscious anxieties through populist images of rural America, Wood crafted images that spoke both to American identity and to the estrangement and isolation of modern life.


Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Wed

Scarsdale High School

Elizabeth Thompson Colleary 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
4/18/2018 - 4/18/2018 Weekly - Wed 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Scarsdale, Scarsdale High School  Map Elizabeth Thompson Colleary