March 10, 2020 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

The Grant Wood Art Colony at the University of Iowa presents Sue Taylor, who will read from and talk about her book, Grant Wood’s Secrets. Incorporating copious archival research and original close readings of American artist Grant Wood's iconic as well as lesser-known works, Grant Wood's Secrets reveals how his sometimes anguished psychology was shaped by his close relationship with his mother and how he channeled his lifelong oedipal guilt into his art. Presenting Wood's memoir "Return from Bohemia" for the first time ever, Sue Taylor integrates the artist's own recollections into interpretations of his art.  “Grant Wood’s Secrets has the makings of a landmark study. Beyond its far-reaching contributions to Wood scholarship, it also represents a signal achievement in queer studies and studies of masculinity. Wood experts will find a great deal that is new here, and those less familiar with his work will discover an artist whose life and career illuminate the story of American painting in exciting new ways."--R. Tripp Evans 

A former Midwesterner, museum curator, newspaper critic, college dean, and longtime corresponding editor for Art in America, Sue Taylor is now Professor Emerita of Art History at Portland State University. Taylor is the author of Hans Bellmer: The Anatomy of Anxiety, and her essays and reviews have appeared in American Art, American Craft, Art Journal, Art News, and the New Art Examiner.