Join The Museum on an excursion to The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. The day will begin with lunch at The Chester. After lunch, guests will travel to the Whitney where they will be treated to a guided tour of Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables by a museum fellow, followed by time to explore the museum before returning to Reading.
Grant Wood’s American Gothic—the double portrait of a pitchfork-wielding farmer and a woman commonly presumed to be his wife—is perhaps the most recognizable painting in 20th century American art, and certainly Wood’s most famous art work. But Wood’s career consists of far more than one single painting. Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables brings together the full range of his art, from his early Arts and Crafts decorative objects and Impressionist oils through his mature paintings, murals, and book illustrations. What the exhibition reveals is a complex, sophisticated artist whose image as a farmer-painter was as mythical as the fables he depicted in his art. Wood sought pictorially to fashion a world of harmony and prosperity that would answer America’s need for reassurance at a time of economic and social upheaval occasioned by the Depression. Yet underneath its bucolic exterior, his art reflects the anxiety of being an artist and a closeted gay man in the Midwest in the 1930s. By depicting his subconscious anxieties through populist images of rural America, Wood crafted images that speak both to American identity and to the estrangement and isolation of modern life.
Reservations are required by May 10, 2018. Please note: reservations are non-refundable, if The Museum must cancel the trip due to inclement weather; a full refund will be issued.
Trip includes transportation, museum and exhibition admission, and lunch at The Chester.
For tickets, please call Wendy at 610.371.5850 x223. $200 for Members and $220 for non-members