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UI Museum of Art will show small art objects from Africa beginning
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will exhibit
"Monumentality in Miniature," an exhibition showcasing African
art objects that are all less than nine inches in height from Aug. 8 until
the end of the year.
The exhibition, in the museum's Stanley Gallery, will be open to the
public free of charge.
"Monumentality in Miniature" will include a wide range of
objects, from whistles and fly whisks to jewelry and currency. Some of
the works are made of precious metals that have been finely crafted to
create dramatic impact, and many are miniature versions of larger objects
that retain the power and symbolic significance of the full-sized objects.
The exhibition includes objects from throughout Africa, including ancient
Egypt. Many are from the museum's permanent collection, while others are
on loan from collectors.
Because of their size, the objects are personal in nature, having been
worn, carried or concealed on the person of their owners. The exhibition
demonstrates that the size of an object is no indication of its visual
importance or aesthetic power.
Exhibition curator Vicki Rovine commented: "All of these pieces
have in common more than their small size. They are all monumental in scale,
with visual impact that is usually associated with much larger works of
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog, which will be available
for sale at the museum.
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 two UI parking
lots on Riverside Drive, one across from the museum and the other directly
north of the museum.