Art museums in Cedar Rapids and New York City have made a rare temporary trade of some of their most valuable works.
Kate Kunau, associate curator at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, says they’ve loaned 27 pieces from Iowa native Grant Wood to the Whitney Museum of American Art in exchange for more than a dozen works from famed realist painter and printmaker Edward Hopper.
“They’re both artists who were working in mostly the first half of the 20th century and they’ve become really associated with specific ideas of Americana,” Kunau says. “Of course, Grant Wood associated with the rural and Hopper more with the urban, Grant Wood with the ’30s and Hopper more with the ’40s and ’50s. It’s a