WRITER: NICK DELO
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 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
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.