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University of Iowa News Release

May 8, 2003

UI Library Exhibit Examines Pets And People

A new exhibit at the UI Main Library looks at the complex relationships between pets and their people.

"Comforting Creatures: the Human-Animal Bond in Western Culture" will be on exhibit in the North Hall of the Main Library through mid-September. The hall's hours through June 8 are 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

The exhibition examines the interdependent relationships of people and pets in Western culture, focusing on the emotional, behavioral and commercial aspects of pet keeping. It will also examine the broad integration of pets into the creative pursuits of our society, where they have become frequent subjects of writers and of artists working in film, photography, painting and other media.

Among the items on display are classic paintings, books, movie memorabilia, photographs and t-shirts.

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