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Former Museum of Art curator Joanne Moser returns to UI for lectures

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Joann Moser, former curator and acting director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will return to Iowa City Oct. 13-15 to present two lectures at the UI School of Art and Art History and a gallery tour at the museum.

Moser will talk about American monotypes at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, and present a slide lecture on American artist Charles Burchfield at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Room E109 of the Art Building. The gallery tour will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, as part of the museum's "Perspectives" series.

Moser's visit is sponsored by the UI Museum of Art and the UI School of Art and Art History. The lectures and tour will be open to the public free of charge.

Moser is currently the senior curator of graphic arts at the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., and the author of "Singular Impressions: The Monotype in America."

A monotype is a kind of print that is created by inking or painting an image onto a smooth surface, such as glass or metal, then pressing it onto paper before the ink or paint has dried. Because the impression can be made only once, each monotype is unique and cannot be duplicated.

Monotyping was first used by American artists in the 1880s, and reemerged as a popular printmaking process during the 1970s and 1980s. A selection of monotypes will be on display in the Members' Lounge of the museum during Moser's visit.

Moser's lecture on Burchfield will pay special attention to the artist's individual depiction of rural American life. Keith Achepohl, head of print-making in the School of Art and Art History, said, "Burchfield created a kind of mystic or symbolic landscape and showed a different way of dealing with how things look in American streets and gardens."

During the gallery tour, Moser will focus primarily on works that she acquired during her tenure at the museum, including several monotypes. Moser acted as interim director of the museum from January through August 1980, and again September 1981 through July 1983. She was a curator at the museum for nearly 10 years, from July 1976 through January 1986.

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.