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Stuart Klipper exhibition, 'Cardinal Points,' will open at UI Museum of Art Sept. 5

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will exhibit "Cardinal Points: Stuart Klipper Photographs" in the museum's North and East Galleries Sept. 5-Oct. 25.

An opening reception for the fall exhibitions will be at noon Sunday, Sept. 13. Klipper will present a gallery tour at 1 p.m., followed with a performance by jazz pianist Dan Knight as part of the museum's Music in the Museum series.

At 12:30 p.m Oct. 12 Robert Sayre, UI professor emeritus of English, will present a lecture on his response to the Klipper's photographs as part of the museum's Perspectives series.

Born in New York in 1941, Klipper recalls being fascinated from childhood by picture taking, geography and the idea of distant places. His photographs, 80 of which are represented in the exhibition "Cardinal Points," record both exotic and familiar terrain the artist has studied, and the extraordinary beauties he discovered in them. The exhibition offers a photographic essay illustrating divergent regions of the world -- Israel and the Sinai Desert, Greenland, Antarctica, the Costa Rican rainforest and the American Midwest.

Though much of Klipper's work portrays exotic and elemental terrain, he still manages to emphasize a return home defined by what he terms a period of "recall and reflection." Klipper writes of his journeys, "I am a wanderer and, after a fashion, an explorer. Remote though as I may go, I do keep an anchor firmly set in home ground, thereby establishing and perpetuating a necessary tension and complementarity between the known and familiar, the distant and alien; one then helping better to define the other."

Whether photographing glaciers or the Sinai Desert, his goal is to know and appreciate what is in the world around us and how we come to know it. Klipper writes, "I most often go to places I sense to be elemental, spare and at times even harsh, places where clarity might be gained, where one's soul can feel most open and enlarged, nearer the universal, nearer the sacred."

Klipper's large color photographs make use of the Linhof Technorama, an extremely wide field camera that lends itself to a long, narrow format. Stephen Prokopoff, director of the UI Museum of Art, states, "Klipper adopted the long, horizontal (and occasionally vertical) format that he now uses so effectively, and perhaps in part because of it his pictures possess an expansiveness, a monumentality of vision that, even in close view, reveals to us a primordial, yet transcendent nature.

"What is wonderful about these photographs is that Klipper's search into the distant corners of the world for subject matter has become, for him, a personal quest, as well. In this selection of photographs, there are no traces of man's impact on nature; they are images before human kind."

Klipper has held numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. He is a three-time recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as two grants from the Busch Foundation.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1998-99 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art through the University of Iowa Foundation.

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.