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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 p.m.

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 community.

"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 Council.

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.