Mauricio Lasansky (1914-2012) was an Argentine printmaker and teacher who taught at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, 30 miles from Cedar Rapids. How his work ended up in the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art rather than the excellent University Museum of Art is a mystery, but I'm glad it has a home somewhere. This museum has the floor of a whole wing dedicated to his work, and rightly so.
Darwin, 1985, Intaglio print
La Lagrima, 1945, Intaglio print
Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) was born and raised in Cedar Rapids. He became the first American critic for modern dance for the New York Times. In 1930, he began photographing his famous friends and acquaintances, many that he had promoted in the 1920's from the Harlem Renaissance. Much of his photographic collection was donated by him to the Cedar Rapids Community School District, and are being exhibited at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.
Katherine Dunham, 1940
Pearl Primus, dancing the Hard Times Blues, 1943