Midwest Living Review
Grant Wood, a regionalist artist, lived and worked in Cedar Rapids most of his life, so it's fitting that the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art has the largest collection of his works. At the Grant Wood: In Focus exhibit, you can see 14 of the museum's 200-plus Wood pieces. Works are rotated into the gallery, but look for his famous 1931 Young Corn painting as well as his corn chandelier.
Also on permanent display is an exhibit focusing on Mauricio Lasansky, an influential printmaker born in Argentina. Lasansky moved to Iowa City in 1945 to teach at the University of Iowa and lived in the area until his death in 2012. A third permanent exhibit, Art in Roman Life, displays Roman busts, coins, musical instruments and other items of the era. Check the website for the current schedule of temporary exhibits.
The old and new wings present a striking contrast: The 1989 addition features a towering plant-filled atrium and purple, red and pink columns; the 1905 building originally constructed as a library. Be sure to stop in the museum store, which sells an excellent selection of Grant Wood-related items and other gifts.