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UI Museum of Art offers Art of the Month mini-course on modern art in America 1920-1970

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Art of the Month, a free mini-course presented by the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will get under way for the fall semester at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 in the museum.

Gwen Robertson and Missy Gaido Allen, doctoral students in the UI School of Art and Art History, will jointly conduct the four-series program, "Modern Art in America 1920-1970," using works included in current exhibitions in the museum, as well as works from the museum's permanent collection, to explore several movements within 20th-century American art.

Remaining sessions will be held one per month, on Saturdays Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 12. New participants are welcome at each Art of the Month session.

The first session, "American Regionalism: Art of the 1920s and 1930s," will be conducted by Robertson, who will use art works by Grant Wood and other artists to examine aspects of American regionalism and social movements in the art of the 1920s and '30s.

Subsequent sessions will use works by Weldon Kees, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Motherwell, Sol Lewitt and Ad Reinhardt to examine artistic developments including abstract impressionism, pop art and the American minimalist movement of the 1960s.

Allen commented, "The museum has an extensive collection of important 20th-century American art, including Jackson Pollock's 1943 'Mural.' Many times people aren't afforded the opportunity to learn much more about these paintings than what is written on their plaques. What we hope to do with this series is foster a better public awareness of the artworks on display, while educating people about the social, political and artistic contexts that went into the production of each work."

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.