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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 16, 2004

Museum Of Art Will Present Artworks From Walker Art Center In Minneapolis

"American Tableaux: Selections from the Collection of Walker Art Center," an exhibition featuring 62 paintings, sculptures, installations, prints and photographs, will open Feb. 8 and run through April 25 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA).

The exhibition is on loan from the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. It inaugurates a new 6,000-square-foot special exhibition gallery in the UIMA.

The UIMA will present a series of events in connection with "American Tableaux." These will include a series of films from the Walker Art Center's Edmond R. Ruben Film Study Collection, presented at 2 p.m. Sundays in February, as well as lectures and musical programs continuing into April.

Preceding the official opening of "American Tableaux," the UIMA will offer a special preview of the exhibition. "The Museum Party," from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 7, will include a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres and desserts and a cash bar.

Admission to the event, hosted by UIMA Member's Council, will be $75, of which $50 will benefit the Museum's Special Exhibition Fund. The Levitt Foundation will match all gifts up to $500,000 to create this new endowment. Reservations for "The Museum Party" are due by Saturday, Jan. 24, and may be made by calling 319-335-3674. "The Museum Party" is sponsored by Bon Vivant Culinary Arts.

Included in "American Tableaux" are works by 55 20th-century American artists reflecting a diversity of viewpoints about the American experience, the peoples of the United States and what constitutes Americans' collective identity. They encompass traditional portrayals of the physical world as well as conceptual representations of reality.

Artists represented in "American Tableaux" include Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keefe, David Hockney, George Segal, Edward Ruscha and Kara Walker.

A number of trends can be discerned in the exhibition. For example, many of the artists in "American Tableaux" broke with the conventional representational approach to their art and explored modern ideas and modes of expression. The pervasive influence of 20th-century mass media led many artists and their audience members to see the circumstances of their lives in new and imaginative ways.

"American Tableaux" was organized by Walker Art Center, 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. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9 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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Schedule of Special Events presented in conjunction with "American Tableaux"
(All events are free unless otherwise indicated.)

Sunday, Feb. 8
2 p.m. -- American Tableaux Film Series presents Charlie Chaplin: "A Woman" and "Easy Street"

Sunday, Feb. 15
2 p.m. -- American Tableaux Film Series presents Robert Drew: "Primary"

Sunday, Feb. 22
2 p.m. -- American Tableaux Film Series presents Kenneth Anger: "Scorpio Rising"; Bruce Baillie: "Castro Street"; and George Kuchar: "Hold Me While I'm Naked"

2 p.m. Dale Fisher, UIMA curator of education offers a guided tour of "American Tableaux"

Friday, Feb. 27
8 p.m. -- "Dan Knight Plays American," by jazz pianist Dan Knight (Admission $10 at the door)

Sunday, Feb. 29
2 p.m. -- American Tableaux Film Series presents James Benning: "One Way Boogie Woogie"; and Elizabeth Subrin: "Shulie"

Thursday, March 25
7:30 p.m. -- The Bette Spriestersbach Distinguished Lecture: "African-American Artists and Double Consciousness," Michael Harris, speaker

Sunday, April 4
Noon -- WOW! Family Day

Friday, April 9
2:30 p.m. -- "Short Takes on 'American Tableaux'," panel discussion by the UI Department of American Studies

Sunday, April 25
2 p.m. -- "Barry McGee and the Social Role of the Contemporary Artist," presented by UI Master of Fine Arts candidate Christopher Lahti

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