WRITER: BRADLEY PAUL
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
UI Museum of Art will show 'Highlights' from the Stanley Collection
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Highlights: Masterpieces from the Stanley Collection
of African Art," a survey of artwork collected by the late Max and
Betty Stanley of Muscatine, Iowa, will be on display at the University
of Iowa Museum of Art May 24 through Nov. 16.
The exhibition is free and open to the public.
One of the largest collections of African art in the United States,
the Stanley Collection comprises more than 700 pieces. Individual works
have appeared in exhibitions around the country and abroad.
The exhibition at the UI features masks and figurative sculptures from
all parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Art from eastern and southern Africa,
long ignored by collectors, is well represented in the exhibition.
The Stanleys began collecting seriously in the 1970s. After the success
of an exhibition of 350 pieces at the museum in 1978, the Stanleys devoted
even more time and money to seeking out the finest works of African art.
With the assistance of many scholars -- including Christopher D. Roy,
a professor in the UI School of Art and Art History and the author of "Art
and Life in Africa: Selections from the Stanley Collection" -- their
collection has become one of the most inclusive and well-known collections
of African art in the United States.
The Stanleys donated their collection to the museum with the hope that
the UI would become a center for the study of Africa and its art. Over
a period of two decades, the couple supported research at the UI with funds
for books, slides, faculty grants and scholarships.
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 to the museum 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.