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Release: Sept. 28, 2001
Robert Rosenblum will deliver annual Spriestersbach Lecture at Museum
of Art Oct. 7
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Robert Rosenblum, a curator at the famed Solomon R. Guggenheim
Museum in New York City, will present the annual University of Iowa Spriestersbach
Lecture, speaking on "Mark Rothko, a Half-Century Later," at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7 in the UI Museum of Art.
Rosenblum will discuss the changing responses to work of the abstract expressionist
painter Mark Rothko, as well as Rothko's influence on later artists. Admission
to the museum, and to Rosenblum's lecture, will be free.
Rosenblum is a professor of fine arts at New York University, the Stephen
and Nan Swid Curator of 20th-Century Art at the Guggenheim Museum and a contributing
editor at ArtForum magazine. His 14 books include "Cubism," "
20th-Century Art" and, with distinguished art historian H.W. Janson,
"19th-Century Art." He has written about numerous artists, including
Rothko, Pablo Picasso, Jeff Koons, Caspar David Friedrich, Edvard Munch and
In addition to his writings, Rosenblum has organized a number of exhibitions
for leading museums throughout the world. Most recently and notably, in 2000
he was the co-curator for the exhibition "1900: Art at the Crossroads,"
shown at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Guggenheim Museum in
Howard Collinson, the director of the UI Museum of Art, commented: "Rosenblum
is one of the major historians of the art of the 20th century. His ideas and
insights have had profound influence on the way we understand our history."
The annual Spriestersbach Lecture at the Museum of Art honors Bette R. Spriestersbach,
a museum docent and a former program associate in the Child Health Specialty
Clinics in the UI Hospital School. She is the wife of former UI vice president
Duane C. Spriestersbach, who endowed the lecture in 1992 through a gift to
the University of Iowa Foundation.
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is
open noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is
available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.
M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor
for public events at the museum during the 2001-02 season at the UI Museum
of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.
For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima
on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at