John Deere opened a new modernist headquarters in Moline, Illinois in 1965. To complement the building, then chairman William Hewitt established an art collection. The move was not out of the ordinary, the 1960s a period of pronounced corporate collecting. The Deere Corporation amassed a collection representing the global diversity of its business – with artists like Grant Wood, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall and Toulouse-Lautrec included.
Currently on view at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa (just across the river from Deere HQ), Global Currents celebrates the collection. Much of the work focuses on international abstract trends of the 1960s, however Grant Wood’s Fall Plowing (1931) bucks the trend and centers the selection in the American heartland.
On view through October 24, 2010.