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Exhibition of India photographs will be at UI Museum of Art Nov. 1-Jan. 4

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.