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PHOTOGRAPHER OPENS PERSPECTIVES SERIES -- Photographer Carl Chiarenza will open the spring semester series of Perspectives programs at the University of Iowa Museum of Art with a slide lecture and a gallery tour of his photographs at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28 in the museum.

The museum is currently showing "Carl Chiarenza: Landscapes of the Imagination," an exhibition of Chiarenza's photographs. A noted abstract photographer, Chiarenza is an art historian and critic at the University of Rochester.

During his visit to the UI campus, Chiarenza will meet with graduate students in the School of Art and Art History.

The exhibition is open to the public free of charge.

Chiarenza's photographs, which suggest abstract landscapes, are created by a unique and painstaking process. Chiarenza first carefully arranges torn pieces of paper, fabric and photographic materials into a small collage, then repeatedly photographs the collage with black and white film, adjusting the materials to capture specific forms and light effects.

When Chiarenza is satisfied with the negatives, he then repeatedly edits and prints them, sometimes dramatically altering the original picture. The results are printed to large scale.

Stephen Prokopoff, director of the UI Museum of Art, said, "Carl Chiarenza is a very original photographic talent, who works with abstract forms in a way that is both lyrical and dramatic."

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.