WRITER: BRIAN SHAWVER
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Exhibition of India photographs will be at UI Museum of Art Nov. 1-Jan.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Indian
independence, the University of Iowa Museum of Art will present "Mark
Paul Petrick: The India Pictures," Nov. 1 to Jan. 4.
The exhibition, consisting of photographs Petrick took during an extended
research trip to India, will be open to the public free of charge in the
Focus I Gallery.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Petrick will present a slide lecture
at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12, for the museum's "Perspectives"
series. He will show color slides he took during his Indian travels and
talk about his experiences.
Petrick, an artist, writer and photographer, traveled throughout India
in the winter months of 1993-94 to research the art and artists of the
Indian Vedic tradition. The trip resulted in several hundred black and
white photographs taken with a small pocket camera. These photos, ranging
in setting from urban street scenes to pastoral landscapes, were intended
to capture moments of everyday Indian life.
Petrick said, "The black and white pictures capture itinerant moments
of visual appreciation that I found abundantly available in India. My photos
are small precipitations of order from the apparent field of flux that
is the world."
Petrick received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the
Art Institute of Chicago and has served as a writer and publisher of the
Source, a regional monthly features magazine, since 1985. He has been active
in promoting the arts in Iowa and currently lives in Fairfield.
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.