Short North Gothic Mural
Short North Gothic by Galgas and Altman
Backstory and Context
The painting the mural is based on, American Gothic, was first exhibited by artist Grant Wood at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1930. It was inspired by a farmhouse in Iowa and painted in the Flemish Renaissance style. The figures were based on Wood’s dentist (the farmer) and sister (the farmer’s daughter). Wood intended for the artwork to represent the strength of rural Americans during the Great Depression, but it has since been interpreted as a satire of Midwestern culture. Galgas and Atman’s “spin” on the painting may bring about new discussions about the original piece as well as their own.
About The American Gothic Mural in The Short North. Columbus Chamber of Commerce. September 06, 2016. Accessed September 21, 2018. https://columbus.org/2016/09/american-gothic-mural-short-north/.
Best Public Art: Short North Gothic mural. Columbus Alive. March 27, 2012. Accessed September 21, 2018. http://www.columbusalive.com/content/stories/2012/03/29/best-of-columbus/culture/best-public-art-short-north-gothic-mural.html.