Grant Wood's Iowa A visitor's guide

Wende Susan Elliott

Book - 2013

Solving the problem of what to do while driving across the middle of America, this book identifies points of cultural interest along I-80 from Chicago to Omaha. In particular, Rose and Elliott provide a thoughtful, detailed exploration of the life and the historical context of Iowa artist Grant Wood, best known for his painting American Gothic, by discussing both his work and the landscape that inspired it. The book includes five itineraries, complete with self-guided museum tours, maps, color p...hotos, and local ancillary attractions like regional art festivals and nature hikes.

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Subjects
Genres
Guidebooks
Published
Woodstock, Vt. : Countryman Press [2013]
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
xxiii, 112 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 23 cm
ISBN
9780881509922
0881509922
Main Author
Wende Susan Elliott (-)
Other Authors
William Balthazar Rose (-)
  • Anamosa and Stone City : the place of origin and return
  • Cedar Rapids : artistic evolution
  • Southeast Iowa : life struggles and the search for self
  • Ames : leadership in public art
  • Des Moines : Midwestern ambitions and legacy
  • The future of Grant Wood's Iowa : modern transformation in art and land stewardship in the twenty-first century.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Explores the celebrated American icon's role in the art world with self-guided museum tours, information on the finest lodging and dining in the state and "green" travel options, including rural bed and breakfasts, restaurants offering local organic menus, nightlife with local artists and nature hikes to experience the landscape that inspired Wood. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Be transported into the private and cherished world of this celebrated American icon with tour of Grant Wood's home state..

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Grant Wood, Iowa native, iconic Regionalist American artist, certainly left his mark on his home state. Wood’s American Gothic is one of America’s most recognizable paintings, his boyhood home is a registered landmark, and collections of his work grace museums far and near. Now you can tour his state with five itineraries that provide a detailed exploration of the historical context for his work. Grant Wood’s Iowa explores his role in the art world with self-guided museum tours, detailed discussions of specific works, information on the finest lodging and dining in the state, and, finally, “green” travel options, including rural bed and breakfasts, restaurants offering local organic menus, nightlife with local artists, and nature hikes to experience the landscape that inspired Wood. You’ll be transported into the private and cherished world of this celebrated American icon.