CHICAGO — The subjects of the Art Institute's American Gothic are donning Cubs gear for the World Series, but they still don't look very happy about Game 1.
The museum, 111 S. Michigan Ave., shared an edited version of the famous 1930 painting Wednesday morning on Facebook:
The oil painting by Grant Wood is one of the most famous in the museum. It depicts Wood's sister and dentist as a farmer and daughter in front of a farmhouse in Iowa. Though often misunderstood as a satire of the Midwest, Wood intended the piece to be a "positive statement about rural American values, (and) an image of reassurance at a time of great dislocation and disillusionment," the Art Institute says.
"The man and woman, in their solid and well-crafted world, with all their strengths and weaknesses, represent survivors," the museum says.
On Tuesday, the museum shared a touched up version of Paris Street; Rainy Day:
The Art Institute on Monday also planted Cubs helmets on its well-known lions outside its front door.
The Cubs take on the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of the World Series at 6 p.m. Wednesday after falling 6-0 in Game 1.
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