How Grant Wood used American Gothic house as a symbol
Monday, March 26, 2012

It's the house behind America's most famously dour couple, the pair in Grant Wood's "American Gothic" painting. But it will move into the spotlight when Holly Berg, administrator of the American Gothic House Center, shares her insights about it at the University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum on Thursday March 29, at 6:30 p.m.

This is a photograph of a house.

The American Gothic house, located near Eldon, Iowa, and a subject in Grant Wood's famous painting, will be the subject of a lecture March 29 at the University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum. Photo courtesy of American Gothic House Center

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Berg will highlight the history of the house, located in Eldon, Iowa, and discuss how Wood used its gothic features as a symbol for the Regionalist art movement.

The presentation is part of an ongoing series of events related to the Old Capitol Museum’s most recent exhibit ART IOWA: INSPIRED BY LANDSCAPE. The exhibit, a collaborative effort between the Old Capitol Museum, the UI Museum of Natural History and the UI Museum of Art, displays works of art by Wood, the Meskwaki people of Iowa and contemporary Iowa artists.

For more information on the Old Capitol Museum visit the website or call 319-335-0548. For a full list of programs relating to the exhibit visit the programs page on the exhibit website. For more information on the American Gothic House Center visit their website.