American Scene on Paper

September 9, 2016 - December 30, 2016
Icon Ticket Overlay Buy Tickets


American Scene on Paper

Experience America through the eyes of Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Martin Lewis, Edward Hopper and others in the American Scene on Paper in the Lewis Gallery September 10 through January 1. The exhibition features recent acquisitions and important works on paper from the Figge collection portraying rural and urban America during the first half of the 20th century.

Ranging in subject from nostalgic country life to satiric city scenes, the American Scene movement encouraged nationalism and addressed social issues during the Depression-era. Although vast in scope, an appreciation for humanity pervaded the genre. By emphasizing individual character, mood, and narrative, the artists formed a compelling vision of the American experience in the 20s, 30s and 40s.

Affordable and suited to mass production, the print medium was considered a perfect vehicle for the democratic ideals associated with the American Scene. The general public had unprecedented access to this form of fine art, profoundly impacting American identity. 

Explore the intriguing history of the printmaking medium in concurrent exhibitions Rembrandt and the Jews and Mauricio Lasansky: The Kaddish Series.

This exhibition will be on view September 10 through December 31, 2016.

Companion Events

Thursday, March 23
Social hour & Curatiorial Talk

Exhibition Tours: September 17, 18, 24 & 25

(above) Grant Wood, Fertility, 1937, lithograph, Museum purchase, 1965.31

(left) Martin Lewis, Arch Midnight, 1930, drypoint, Museum purchase, 2013.7

Past Exhibitions

Orientation Gallery
Img 5005 1
Img 4901 2

225 West Second Street
Davenport, Iowa



Museum | 563.326.7804

Cafe | 563.345.6647



Monday | Closed

Tuesday - Wednesday | 10am - 5pm

Thursday | 10am - 8pm

Friday - Saturday | 10am - 5pm

Sunday | 12pm - 5pm

*Closing procedures will begin 15 minutes before closing time



Monday - Sunday Closed

*The Figge Cafe is closed until further notice

*See calendar for holiday exceptions