Grant Wood at 5 Turner Alley
One of the most recognized paintings in the world, Grant Wood's "American Gothic" returned to its home town, Cedar Rapids, in 2005, for the first time in 75 years.
The classic painting of a stern couple standing in front of a farm house was part of an exhibit of Grant Wood's work shown at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art through the end of 2005.
Visitors were able to see many of Wood's most famous works, as well as many that seemed surprising. Wood was also a master at craftsmanship, producing items for homes in the area, including classic doors, iron works, and designs for stained glass windows.
Living in Iowa's Morgan Halgren was delighted to see the masterpiece, and to also visit the very studio where it was painted, a place Grant Wood called "5 Turner Alley," just a few blocks away from the museum. The studio, still much like it was when Grant lived there, has recently been opened to the public.