“Art for the American Home: Grant Wood’s Lithographs”Now on Display
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (February 1, 2024) — “Art for the American Home: Grant Wood’s Lithographs” is currently on display at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in the West Bedroom Gallery of the Historic House. The exhibition will be on display through June 30, 2024.
In 1934, the Regionalist artist Grant Wood made an agreement with Associated American Artists (AAA) in New York to create a series of lithographs. Wood, the creator of Reynolda’s iconic 1936 painting “Spring Turning,” ultimately produced 19 lithographs, about a quarter of his mature work. His consummate drafting skills made him a natural for the medium. The AAA produced the lithographs in editions of 250 and sold them for $5 to $10 each. The opportunity to create affordable art during the Great Depression appealed to the artist. This small exhibition will focus on Wood’s narrative lithographs (“Sultry Night,” “Honorary Degree,” “Shrine Quartet,” “The Midnight Alarm”) and still lifes. The colored still life lithographs of fruits, vegetables and flowers represent the fecundity of Iowa’s farmland.
“Grant Wood was interested in making art that was accessible to ordinary people, not just wealthy art collectors,” Allison Slaby, curator, said. “Consequently, at the height of the Great Depression, he made affordable lithographs and public murals that told the stories of his native Iowa. The lithographs in this exhibition range from the amusing to the poignant.”
Hours and Admission
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, located at 2250 Reynolda Rd., is open to visitors Tuesday–Saturday from 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30–4:30 p.m. Admission is charged, though several free admission categories apply. Reynolda Gardens is open from dawn to dusk daily, free of charge. Reynolda Village merchants’ hours vary. No ticket is needed to shop at the Reynolda House Museum Store.
Reynolda is set on 170 acres in Winston-Salem, N.C. and comprises Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Reynolda Gardens and Reynolda Village Shops and Restaurants. The Museum presents a renowned art collection in a historic and incomparable setting: the original 1917 interiors of Katharine and R. J. Reynolds’s 34,000-square-foot home. Its collection is a chronology of American art and featured exhibitions are offered in the Museum’s Babcock Wing Gallery and historic house bedrooms. The Gardens serve as a 134-acre outdoor horticultural oasis open to the public year-round, complete with colorful formal gardens, nature trails and a greenhouse. In the Village, the estate’s historic buildings are now home to a vibrant mix of boutiques, restaurants, shops and services. Plan your visit at reynolda.org and use the free mobile app, Reynolda Revealed, to self-tour the estate.