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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 2, 2003

Works By Chinese Writer/Artist Yan Li Will Be At UI Museum Of Art Oct. 3-26

"Loving Life with Passion, (Fire Series, After 9/11)," a series of mixed-media works by Chinese writer and artist Yan Li, will be shown at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) Oct. 3-26.

A poet and fiction writer as well as a visual artist, Yan Li is currently in residence at the UI as a participant in the International Writing Program (IWP). As a visual artist he is known for his involvement with a group of artists in China known as "The Stars," famous for daring exhibitions of works tinged with abstraction and surrealism.

"Loving Life with Passion, (Fire Series, After 9/11)" was created with calligraphy ink, acrylic paint, cut-outs, rubbings and fire. It was made in New York and Shanghai in the year following Sept. 11, 2001.

Yan Li was in New York around the time of 9/11 and responded strongly to the event. His most recent publication, a novel titled "Meet With 9.11," and the painting series express his responses, which led him toward a deeper reflection about life. Yan Li said that "China has an old saying: What you don't want done to you, don't do to others."

The IWP is a unique residency program that brings together established writers from around the world for three months each fall. Founded in 1967, the IWP was the first international writers' residency at a university, and it remains unique in the world. This year, 25 writers from 21 countries are participating in the program.

Additional information on the IWP is available at Biographies of Yan Li and the other writers participating in the program can be found at .

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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