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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.