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Release: Aug. 25, 2000

University of Iowa Museum of Art will be open Friday evenings starting Sept. 8

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art has expanded its hours to remain open until 9 p.m. Friday evenings during the academic year, starting Sept. 8, director Howard Collinson announced. Each Friday during the fall semester a free event for the public has been scheduled at the museum. Between semesters, the museum will close at 5 p.m. on Fridays.

"I've never understood why museums think they can just be open during the day, when their patrons are busy doing other things," Collinson said. "Our Friday night hours and events are meant as a service to people who already visit the Museum and, we hope, to many who have not been able to visit before.

"The events we have planned are a mix of light-hearted and serious participatory activities. I mean, art itself is a participatory activity, isn't it?"

Friday events at the museum will include performance art; receptions for artists whose work is being shown in the museum; musical performances; lectures; and other events. The complete schedule for the fall semester will be:

Sept. 8, 7 p.m.: "_still moving present_," performance art by Miriam Bennett, Melissa Lockwood and Rachel Winborn

Sept. 15, 5-7 p.m.: Artist's reception for "Gretchen Caracas: Landscape and Memory"

Sep. 22, 7 p.m.: Making Hey! presents musical theater work "Diary entry: Desire"

Sept. 29, 7 p.m.: Museum Scavenger Hunt

Oct. 13, 7 p.m.: "Mel Andringa -- Puzzle Pictures"

Oct. 20, 5-7 p.m.: Reception for "Kenzo Okada: A Retrospective of the American Years 1950- 1982"

6 p.m., Gallery tour with Museum of Art director emeritus Stephen Prokopoff

Oct. 27, 7 p.m., "The Art of the Pumpkin"

Nov. 3, 7 p.m., "Science Fair," a performance by Melissa Furness and others

Nov. 10, 7 p.m.: Musical performance by Iowa City rock group 24:7

Nov. 17, 7 p.m.: "And Eat It Too," a performance by Christine Buckton

Dec. 1, 7 p.m.: "Experiencing Devi: Hindu Goddesses in Indian Popular Art," gallery tour with Philip Lutgendorf

Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.: UI Collegium Musicum, directed by Elizabeth Aubrey

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.

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at

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.