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Release: June 25, 1999
Exhibition Shaping Earth: African Vessels
will be on view in UI Museum of Art
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Shaping Earth: African Vessels,"
an exhibition of African pottery, will be on view in the University of Iowa
Museum of Art Stanley Gallery from Saturday, July 10 through Dec. 31.
The exhibition is scheduled to coincide with "Different
Stokes," an international invitational exhibition of wood-fired ceramics that
will be on view in the museum from Sept 11 through Dec. 31. That exhibition
will be presented in conjunction with "Different Stokes: The 1999 International
Woodfire Conference," which will be held at the UI Sept. 29 through Oct. 2.
"Shaping Earth" features pieces from the UI Museum
of Art's growing African ceramics collection, as well as loans from local
collectors. The vessels on view were created by women from diverse regions
of the African continent. From water jugs to grain containers, the works were
designed for specific purposes, and all are adorned with subtle designs and
figures that carry symbolic significance.
Vicki Rovine, UI Museum of Art curator of Africa,
Oceania and the Americas, said, "I hope that visitors to 'Shaping Earth' will
come away with an appreciation for the elegant beauty of objects that may
at first seem purely functional. These are not only pots and jugs and other
vessels; they are great works of sculpture."
The UI Museum of Art has a longstanding tradition
of African exhibitions and educational programs centered on the museum's renowned
Stanley Collection. The collection, created by Max and Betty Stanley of Muscatine,
consists of more than 600 African masks, figures, textiles and utilitarian
objects representing various ethnic groups from the sub-Saharan region. The
significance of the collection has made the UI a center for the study of African
art and history.
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 just north of
For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~artmus
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