The painting schools of modernism boast some of history's most visually confounding pieces. But my familiarity with the period's artists consists mostly of the golden children - Mondrian, Pollock, Matisse.

The painting schools of modernism boast some of history's most visually confounding pieces. But my familiarity with the period's artists consists mostly of the golden children - Mondrian, Pollock, Matisse.

"Against the Grain" is a free traveling exhibit that introduces people like me to early-20th-century artists from America's Breadbasket who were creating important works as well. The survey includes about 65 canvases by artists who painted under a gamut of -isms. Among them are magical realism, cubism and expressionism.

Many of the artists hail from Chicago and Cleveland, said curator Christine Fowler Shearer, and viewers will see how the development of modernism in the Midwest was influenced by Europe, immigration and industrialization.