WRITER: TRISH LOGGINS
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
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Release:Jan. 11, 2002
Museum of Art shows Wegman's photos of high-fashion dogs Jan. 25-April
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "William Wegman: Fashion Photographs," an exhibition
featuring photographs of Weimaraner dogs modeling designer fashions, will
be on display at the University of Iowa Museum of Art Jan. 25-April 14. Admission
to the museum and to the exhibition will be free.
The exhibition of 34 Polaroid photographs was organized by the Birmingham
Museum of Art, Birmingham, Ala., and curated by David Moos and Mary Dinaburg.
It has traveled to different venues throughout the United States.
To introduce the public to the exhibition, curators Pamela Trimpe and Kathleen
Edwards of the UI Museum of Art, will lead a gallery tour of the exhibition
at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. Other related events at the museum will be:
-- "If Dogs Are Man's Best Friend, Why Are So Many Homeless?"
a lecture by Misha Goodman, director of the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption
Center, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17; and
-- "Going to the Dogs," a slide lecture presented by Barbara Jedda
McNab, executive director of The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, St.
Louis, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24.
Selected videos by Wegman of his dogs will be shown on Sunday afternoons
at the museum throughout the exhibition.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Iowa Children's Museum at Coral
Ridge Mall in Coralville will present "Once Upon a Dog," opening
Jan. 26, with interactive components for children and their families designed
to bring Wegman's work to life.
The Children's Museum will also present a series of public programs related
to Wegman's works during the exhibition. Among these will be a Pet Photo Contest,
with the winners announced at the UI Museum of Art on Sunday, Feb. 24, prior
to the lecture by McNab, and winners' photos displayed in the museum Members'
Lounge Feb. 24 through March 10.
Wegman is best known for his work with his family of Weimaraner dogs: Chip,
Battina, Chundo and Crooky. The dogs appear in Wegman's fine-art photographs,
as well as on calendars, books and note cards. They have appeared on popular
television shows including "Sesame Street" and "Saturday Night
Live," and on cable TV's Nickelodeon channel. Wegman has also written
several children's books.
In the exhibition, the dogs model designer hats, gloves, wigs, shoes, dresses
and suits from world-renowned designers Issey Miyake, Jean-Paul Gaultier,
Todd Oldham, Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui and others.
Wegman got his start using Weimaraners as his subject matter in the mid-1970s
with his playful photographs of his first Weimaraner, Man Ray. His next model
was Fay Ray, whom he began to surround in fabrics and clothing. Three of the
four current models were born in 1989 in a single litter of Fay Ray's puppies.
Wegman is very aware of the unique personality of each dog, and he uses
these personalities along with designer fashions to present a twist to haute
"My Weimaraners are perfect models," Wegman says. "Their
elegant slinky forms are covered in gray -- and gray, everyone knows, goes
The appearance of the exhibition at the UI Museum of Art is sponsored by
the Hudson River Gallery and Frame Co., and the media partner is the Iowa
City Press-Citizen. Programming related to the exhibition is presented in
conjunction with the Iowa Children's Museum and the Iowa City Animal Care
and Adoption Center. Programming for the Iowa Children's Museum events is
sponsored in part by Younkers.
M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor
for public events at the UI Museum of Art during the 2001-02 season, through
the University of Iowa Foundation.
The University of Iowa Museum of Art is located on North Riverside Drive
in Iowa City. Museum hours are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday noon-5:00 p.m.
and Thursday and Friday noon-10:00 p.m. Admission is free. Public metered
parking is available in the UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside
Drive and just north of the museum.
For more information in the UI Museum of Art visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima.edu
on the World Wide Web. Information on other UI arts events is available at
For more information on events at the Iowa Children's Museum, call (319)
EVENTS AT THE IOWA CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
PRESENTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH
"WILLIAM WEGMAN: FASHION PHOTOGRAPHS"
Jan. 26-April 14:
"Once Upon a Dog," interactive exhibition
Sunday, January 27
Misha Goodman: "Cookies for Canines," 2-4 p.m.
Storytelling with Tanya Alford, 4 p.m.
Saturday, February 9,
Photography Workshop for Kids, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sunday, February 10
Dog Look-Alike Contest and Storytime, 1 p.m.
Saturday, February 23
SPAY DAY USA with Misha Goodman and Dr. Jennifer K. Doll , 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, March 9
Misha Goodman: "Dog Tails, " 1-3 p.m.
Saturday, March 23
Sue Pearson, director, Spot & Co.: "Come Spot, Come!" 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 30
"Oh, I want to be a Dog" (drama production), 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 7
Misha Goodman: "Getting to Know Your Animal Care and Adoption Center,"
Sunday, April 14
Dog Parade in Coral Ridge Mall, with special guests: Weimaraner puppies, 2-4