History Restored lecture series: North Wall

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A special lecture series, “History Restored: Law & Culture in City Hall Murals” are underway as restorations continue on the historic murals adorning the walls of the Cedar Rapids City Council Chambers. North Wall Lecture Series Opening of the Midwest: Six Men and a Mural Speakers: Mount Mercy University Archivist Kristy Raine, Iowa State University Curator Lea DeLong This lecture captures the stories of the artists who formed the Cooperative Mural Painters Group and created the Treasury Relief Art Project (TRAP) mural series (1935-1937) seen at Cedar Rapids’ City Hall. The discussion, led by Raine and DeLong, explored the dynamics of Grant Wood’s Stone City Art Colony, which served as the catalyst for the group’s formation and their journey towards artistic and political independence. Featured are the cooperative’s founder Francis Robert (“Bob”) White, and mural artists Howard Johnson, Everett Jeffrey, Harry Donald Jones, and Don Glasell. The discussion also offered historical and artistic perspectives about the mural’s artists, the project’s inspiration and creation, as well as its community history.

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