WRITER: BRIAN SHAWVER
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
UI Museum of Art offers 'Art of the Month' minicourse on 19th-century
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Art of the Month, a mini-course presented by the
University of Iowa Museum of Art, will get under way for the spring semester
10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 in the museum.
Jessica Locheed and Missy Gaido Allen, doctoral students in the UI School
of Art and Art History, will jointly conduct the four-series program, "Love,
Death and Despair: An Exploration of 19th-Century Romantic Prints from
the Permanent Collection." Remaining sessions will be held once per
month, on Saturdays March 14, April 18 and May 9.
Participation in the course is open to the public free of charge. New
participants are welcome at each Art of the Month session.
The course will make use of the museum's extensive print collection
to explore various facets of 19th-century romantic prints, including the
intended audience of the artworks, the unusual use of violence and death
in religious and romantic works, and the unique conception of the artist
that emerged from 19th-century France.
In addition to introducing the course's overall themes, the first session,
"'Til Death Do Us Part . . . An Exploration of the Tragedy and Triumph
of Romantic Love," will examine several prints that depict traditional
religious and romantic themes in a non-traditional manner. Among the works
discussed will be prints depicting Saint Anthony, which focus on the death
and despair involved in martyrdom.
Locheed said, "We are used to seeing saints represented as pious
and devout, but these prints are very dark and violent, and they allow
us to focus on why it was appropriate to do religious themes and love themes
in such a macabre way."
Works discussed throughout the course will be romantic prints from France,
Spain, Italy and Germany. All of the prints are from the UI Museum of Art's
Later sessions in the course will continue to explore aspects of the
prints' unique approach to love and religion, including the artist's role
in choosing themes and an examination of the works of Francisco Goya and
Giovanni Battista Piranesi.
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City,
is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturdays. 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.