Sunday, April 24, 2016

Grant Wood's Revenge

Another bit of toilet humor: being in Iowa, Grant Wood looms up occasionally as a somewhat ambiguous cultural icon, his work having been received much less well at home than elsewhere in the nation.  In the current renovations ongoing at the Eastern Iowa Airport, one of the odder decisions has been to install a massive mural of American Gothic in the entrance to the outside-security Men's Room.  From straight on, it looks more reasonable, but every arriving traveller who walks out of security sees it at this angle, her dour and disapproving gaze challenging you: how much do you really need to go?