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Release: Sept. 21, 2001

Art Historian Richard Field will lecture on Jasper Johns, Medieval art Sept. 30 and Oct. 1

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Art historian Richard Field, who was for many years curator of prints, drawings and photographs and associate director of the Yale University Art Gallery, will present two free public lectures on the University of Iowa campus:

-- at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, he will speak on "Johns and Childhood," dealing with the art of contemporary American artist Jasper Johns, at the UI Museum of Art; and

-- at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, he will speak on "The Thorn of Love and the Death of the Virgin: An Unexpected Late Medieval Pairing of Text and Image," which he calls a kind of detective story regarding the Virgin Mary, in Room E109 of the UI Art Building.

UI Museum of Art Director Howard Collinson commented, "Field is among the most distinguished museum curators of our time. His contribution to our understanding of the history of art, primarily printmaking, is unique. As a groundbreaking scholar and curator of works from the introduction of the printed image in Europe in the 1400s to important writing on contemporary art, his scholarship has both a breadth and a depth that is virtually unmatched in the discipline."

Field retired from the Yale University Art Gallery last year. He was also an adjunct professor of art history at Yale and held various visiting faculty and visiting curator appointments around the eastern United States. A distinguished scholar and teacher, he received many grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Motor Company and the Lila Acheson Wallace Fund and other granting agencies.

As a curator, Field has organized more than 50 exhibitions of prints, photographs, drawings and other media, ranging from the middle ages to the 20th century. In both his curatorial work and his many publications, he has specialized in early prints and the works of Jasper Johns, the two subjects of his UI lectures. He is the author of "Prints: History of an Art" (with Michel Melot), "A Graphic Muse: Prints by Contemporary American Women" (with Ruth Fine), "The Prints of Jasper Johns 1960-1993," and other books and numerous scholarly articles.

Field's visit to the UI campus is sponsored by the printmaking area of the School of Art and Art History, the UI Museum of Art and the museum's Print and Drawing Study Club.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. the day of Field's talk. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum. The School of Art and Art History is just south of the museum on Riverside Drive.

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