A Chilling Make Believe: Alexis Rockman on Grant Wood

FRI, Apr 6, 2018
6:30 pm

Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater

This talk by artist Alexis Rockman (b. 1962) examines the romanticized and ambivalent view of a pre-industrial rural world in Grant Wood’s landscape paintings. In his talk, Rockman will situate Wood in a tradition of American art in which national identity depends on a personal visual vocabulary. The artist will also discuss his own longstanding engagement with Wood through landscape paintings that mix contemporary dread and hope for our ecological future.

Alexis Rockman is a New York-based painter. His exhibition Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle is currently on view at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Tickets are required ($10 adults; $8 members, students, and seniors). Members: please log in to reserve tickets. This event will be livestreamed on YouTube.

The Susan and John Hess Family Theater is equipped with an induction loop and infrared assistive listening system. Accessible seating is available.

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