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UI Museum of Art opens three shows for the fall season
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three new exhibitions will open at the University of Iowa
Museum of Art Sept. 6, marking the beginning of the museum's fall season."Henry
Moore: Drawings and Sculptures from the Collection of the David and Alfred
Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago" will be on display through
Oct. 26; "Robert Wilson: Sets for Alceste and Parsifal" will be
on display through Nov. 2; and "Artifacts of the Eternal Network"
will be on display through Nov. 23.
The Museum will celebrate the opening of its new fall exhibitions with a
special event noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. A gallery tour of the other
major exhibition of the early fall -- "Technique and Inspiration: African
Fabrics", on view through Nov. 2 -- will be offered by exhibition curator
Victoria Rovine at 1 p.m., and the Afro-pop band Doliho will perform at 2
Henry Moore is widely considered the major British sculptor of the 20th century.
"Henry Moore: Drawings and Sculptures" contains 20 drawings and
12 small sculptures from the permanent collection of the Smart Museum at the
University of Chicago. Although his best-known public works are large in scale,
Moore also created sculptures in modest format. In addition, he drew continuously
throughout his life, from genre drawings and ideas for sculpture to complete
albums of drawings. Most notable among the latter are his drawings made in
underground shelters during World War II.
Robert Wilson achieved international celebrity as an innovative stage director
more than 20 years ago, including the creation at the UI of one of his seminal
works, "Deafman Glance."
His stage decor is known for the use of symbolic images and expressive forms
animated by lighting. The unfolding of the drama in his productions is carefully
prepared in a sequential series of sketches, the drawings of which have visual
impact of their own. "Robert Wilson: Sets for Alceste and Parsifal"
presents two sets of near-abstract, black-and-white lithographs that Wilson
transcribed from the sequential sketch studies he created for productions
of Gluck's "Alceste" and Wagner's "Parsifal."
The "Eternal Network" was created by artists Robert Filliou and
George Brecht in 1968. Their aim, to expand creative activity within everyday
life and to blur the lines between artist and audience, has been carried forward
by correspondence artists, who exchange artworks by various communication
media including postcards and electronic communication. "Artifacts of
the Eternal Network" offers a cross-section of works that represent different
features of the collaborative exchanges that take place within this international
"Henry Moore: Drawings and Sculptures from the Collection of the David
and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago" is supported
in part by grants from the Pritzker Foundation and the John Nuveen Company.
Additional support for the project has been received from the Illinois Arts
Works in "Robert Wilson: Sets for Alceste and Parsifal" were loaned
by Gary Godwin/Gottheiner Contemporary Art, Verlag Galerie Fred Jahn and the
University of Texas Works-on-Paper Gallery.
"Artifacts of the Eternal Network" is funded by the National Endowment
for the Arts (NEA) and serves as the first of four NEA-sponsored exhibitions
of selected works from the Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts
(ATCA) Collection of the UI Museum of Art. The exhibition was organized by
Estera Milman, founding director of ATCA and curator of intermedia arts at
the Museum of Art, and by Stephen Perkins, a doctoral student in the UI School
of Art and Art History and research assistant at ATCA.
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission
is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from
the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which
is just north of the museum.