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Release: Aug. 25, 2000

Intermedia artist Miriam Bennett will have performance and installation at UI Museum of Art

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will present "_still moving present_ ," a performance art work by intermedia artist Miriam Bennett, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, as well as "what remains in each case: 2 installations by Miriam Bennett," to be on exhibition in the museum Sept. 9-Nov. 26.

Bennett, who received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the UI School of Art and Art History in the spring, will be joined by Melissa Lockwood and Rachel Winborn for the Friday evening performance, which will be free and open to the public. The three artists will present a hybrid performance incorporating movement, video and film.

Museum of Art Director Howard Collinson said, "This multi-layered performance in video, film and body will challenge the separation between recorded imagery and live performance. The performance will emerge from a combination of actions, images and puzzling distinctions between real and imagined spaces."

Bennett's two installations, "carbon cycle" and "drawn," grew out of her work for last spring's "MFA 2000" exhibition, and were commissioned by the Museum of Art.

Collinson said the installations "will explore obsession and metamorphosis, giving the visitor clues to mysterious events and histories invented by the artist."

"Atmospheric and haunting, they share a sensibility with science fiction and surreal film," he said.

The Sept. 8 performance of "_still moving present_" will include material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned if the performance is suitable for them may call (319) 335-1727 for more information.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 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 the museum.

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M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc., of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for events at the UI Museum of Art during the 2000-2001 season, through the University of Iowa Foundation.