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April 9, 2004

Final Event On 'American Tableaux' Exhibition Will Be April 25 At UI Museum of Art

Christopher Lahti, master's degree candidate in the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present "Barry McGee and the Social Role of the Contemporary Artist" at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25.

Lahti's discussion will be free and open to the public. It is the last in a series of events scheduled in conjunction with the UIMA exhibition "American Tableaux: Selections from the Collection of Walker Art Center," which closes April 25.

Lahti will discuss the work of Barry McGee and focus on McGee's untitled work of 1998, which is featured in the "American Tableaux" exhibition. The discussion will take place in the museum's newly renovated special exhibition gallery where McGee's work is displayed.

Lahti will offer insight into issues that arise when McGee and other artists incorporate real-life subject matter into their work.

"While artists' primary consideration is to produce visually and conceptually engaging work, there are also professional and curatorial decisions which artists are responsible for making when their art is displayed to the public," Lahti said. "Through a discussion of these responsibilities, I wish to provide an understanding of what defines a contemporary artist."

"American Tableaux" features 62 paintings, sculptures, installations, prints and photographs by 55 20th-century American artists. In addition to McGee, featured artists include Georgia O'Keeffe, David Hockney, Tom Wesselman and Kara Walker.

"American Tableaux" was organized by and is on loan from Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. It is made possible by generous support from the Dain Rauscher Foundation and Marshall Field's Project Imagine.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. For more information on the UI Museum of Art visit on the World Wide Web.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072,; Writer: Krystle Johnson