Going Home

Figge Art Museum
225 W. Second Street, Davenport, IA

Where is home?

For many, home is the living room where first steps were taken, the kitchen where countless pancakes were flipped, the porch where cricket-serenaded summer nights were spent. For others, home is a constellation of relationships. For all, home is some combination of memory, people, and place. Home can be a hug, a country, a familiar stretch of road, or a singular house or apartment. Whether simply a place to sleep or a place imbued with a deep sense of belonging and history, the structures that house us reflect personal and cultural pasts and form our earliest ideas of comfort and stability. Habitation is reciprocal: as we build homes, homes build us. Constructed of brick, glass, metal, and timber, housing represents a wide range of physical and aesthetic elements that often intersect with the material muses of artists. Included in this exhibition are works created from the detritus of literal homes, painted representations of childhood homes remembered, and images of imagined dwellings for beings both physical and metaphysical. This exhibition explores home as place and identity. Additionally, this exhibition investigates depictions of domestic architecture across time, culture, and media.

This exhibition was curated by Vero Rose Smith and organized by Legacies for Iowa: A University of Iowa Museum of Art Collections-Sharing Project, Supported by the Matthew Bucksbaum Family.

Responsive Pop - Up Exhibition | November 2 - 15, 2018 | Iowa City, IA

The Stanley presents a new pop-up exhibition in collaboration with four area architectural firms that will run from November 2–15 on the Pedestrian Mall in downtown Iowa City.  This temporary installation will explore four distinctive visions of home, and will be located in the pop-up shops designed by Sanjay Jani of AKAR ARchiTecture 

 An opening reception for Going Home will be held Friday, November 2 from 4-6pm on the Pedestrian Mall and will include: 

  • A costume contest (architectural themes preferred) in competition for one of four $50 gift certificates provided by the Iowa City Downtown District 

  • A free drink at a participating local bar if you visit all four installations  

Participating firms and creative statements: 

cbre heery

At CBRE-Heery we wanted to look further into the interpretation of what defines a home.  Everyone has a different idea of what their home is, so we searched for aspects they all have in common.  Of course, the challenge of this is that no two homes can really be the same.  Instead, we looked beyond the design and purpose of a house, to the artifacts that we use to personalize it.  These possessions we collect and decorate with, are filled with memories that psychologically trigger positive thoughts of important times and people in our lives.  Whether they were passed down through generations or picked up in our travels, the objects we display in our home tell a story about who we are and hold the memories of what’s important to us. Our plan for the pop us is to emphasize the importance of a home as a collection of memories removed from the distraction of its functional elements.

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No two people hold the same memories of home. Layered recollection sets what sticks. 

Covers up to the chin, kitchen timer, laughter in repetition, who sits where on average. 

Consider the fabric of an Inside:  

Rooms stack and nestle, blurred by ephemera – a panel, a screen, a curtain, an open door. Expanse of ceiling. Noise-muffling walls. C’mon, knock first! Windows invite shade-softened light.    

Freshen the walls with another coat of paint.  Along them, objects congregate – a souvenir, some art, a snapshot cut-out. Life unfurls here. As we engage the many layers that constitute a house, we embed the experiences that become the place we call Home. 





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HOME. It haunts and eludes us. A definition of home that describes a physical place with four walls and a roof—like a house or an apartment—fails to capture the breadth and meaning of that tiny, familiar word. 

The concept of “home” is difficult to describe in terms of its physicality, but also in terms of the passing of time. Is home where you grew up, where your parents live, or where you see yourself today? What if home is more closely tied to nostalgia, a sentimentality for the past? Nostalgia, the combination of Greek words meaning “homecoming” and “pain or “ache” was originally a clinical description for anxiety or melancholy. Our heart aches to return home; our memories fuel this passion. 

Home is more infinite than time or place - it is feeling, formed by our memories. Yet memories are imperfect, and often forgotten until evoked and recoded by photographs. This cloud of memories is a mixture of sadness and joy, love and hate, acceptance and exclusion. Sometimes our memories are clear and accurate and sometimes, they are a distant shimmer just beyond our recollection. 

Using mirrored surfaces and 4x6 photographs, this exhibit speaks both to how home reflects our personal identities and is shaped by an amorphous cloud of memories and infinite reflections. The photographs are mounted on a reflective surface so as the day passes, the memories shift, shimmer, disappear and reappear. The varying amount of daylight will change the transparency of the window and thus change the amount of the viewer that is reflected in the image. 

As you see yourself reflected in this exhibit, we hope that, however your memories of home resonate, you feel at home and welcome here. 

Credits: OPN Architects 

Amber Von Arb  

Brady Dorman  

Elizabeth Seiberling  

Hugh Soward  

Joshua Moe  

Justin Bishop  

Marcelo Aruani  

Peter Correll 

Steve Miller 

Tabatha Koerperick 


Mirrored film generously donated and installed by Energy Control of Iowa. 

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Cards From Home –  

We all come from very different backgrounds but with one thing in common.  We have an idea of home.  Whether it is one place or many, here or there, large or small, these memories shape how communities are built.   

As architects and engineers these memories of home influence our relationship with our communities.  They help us understand how a project can be piece of a larger puzzle.  These “Cards From Home” are memories from our staff.  These unique memories construct the foundation of our work. 

Credit –Shive-Hattery, Architecture + Engineering staff - Iowa City and Cedar Rapids offices 

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Grant Wood

Blue House, Munich

, 1928
Oil on board, 23 1/2 x 20 1/4 in. (59.69 x 51.44 cm)
Gift of Catharine Miller Ahmann and Edward J. Ahmann, Dorothy Miller Brecunier and Richard W. Brecunier, and Theza Lichtman Miller and Robert Scott Miller, 2011.68