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Corn Palaces and Butter QueensA History of Crop Art and Dairy Sculpture$
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Pamela H. Simpson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676194

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676194.001.0001

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An Ongoing Tradition

An Ongoing Tradition

(p.161) 7 An Ongoing Tradition
Corn Palaces and Butter Queens

Pamela H. Simpson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores the history of corn and butter art into the second half of the twentieth century. It looks first at the work of the Dakota Sioux artist Oscar Howe at the Mitchell, South Dakota, Corn Palace. Howe brought a new sensibility to the palace themes with his inclusion of Native American legends about the origin of corn. It then examines the latter-twentieth-century history of butter sculpture and seed art at the Minnesota and Iowa State fairs. For many years, famed seed artist Lillian Colton offered a modern version of crop art in her spectacular pictorial inventions. In Iowa, the butter-sculpture tradition was continued by Norma “Duffy” Lyon.

Keywords:   corn art history, butter art history, Native American legends, butter sculpture, seed art, crop art, butter-sculpture tradition

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