Author Lecture: Grant Wood's Secrets

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Date/Time:Monday, 09 Mar 2020 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location:Room 2019, Morrill Hall, 603 Morrill Road
Channel:University Museums
Categories:Arts, performances Lectures
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Author and professor Sue Taylor will speak about Grant Wood's life and legacy in "Grant Woods Secrets."

For more than half a century after his death in 1942, art historians would characterize Grant Wood discreetly as a "shy bachelor," whose curious "eccentricities" were more or less accepted in his Iowa community. The artist had coped with hostile suspicions by means of humor, irony, and necessary deceptions in life and in art. In this lecture, Professor Sue Taylor explores the coded visual motifs and private messages Wood embedded in paintings, drawings, and prints, participating in a kind of gay semiotics that eluded censorship while ingeniously signaling his difference.

Program made possible by the Kathy and John Howell Art Enrichment Program, with additional support from Jason D. Kogan.

Sue Taylor's visit is made possible through the support of the Grant Wood Art Colony at the University of Iowa. The Colony celebrates the life and legacy of Iowa's most famous artist, Grant Wood, through fellowships, symposia, and outreach. Taylor's book, Grant Wood's Secrets, continues a tradition of excellent scholarship of this important Regionalist artist.