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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 23, 2004

UI Museum Of Art Presents 'American Tableaux' Film Series

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will present a series of eight films from the Walker Art Center's Edmond R. Ruben Film Study Collection at 2 p.m. Sundays in February in the Lasansky Gallery.

The film showings will be free and open to the public.

The films will be presented in conjunction with "American Tableaux: Selections from the Collection of Walker Art Center," an exhibition of 62 paintings, sculptures, installations, prints and photographs on loan from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

The first showing, at 2 p.m. Feb. 8, will feature two of Charlie Chaplin's earlier films, "A Woman" from 1915 and "Easy Street" from 1917. "A Woman," which includes a famous scene of Chaplin in drag, is approximately 20 minutes in length; "Easy Street" is approximately 24 minutes.

Subsequent dates and films in the series will be:
-- Feb. 15: "Primary" by Robert Drew;
-- Feb. 22: "Scorpio Rising" by Kenneth Anger, "Castro Street" by Bruce Baillie and "Hold Me While I'm Naked" by George Kuchar; and
-- Feb. 29: "One Way Boogie Woogie" by James Benning and "Shulie" by Elisabeth Subrin.

Chaplin's films are recognized by many scholars as masterpieces that introduced several new cinematic techniques, including framing and a more drastic emphasis on moral character. In addition, these relatively short films introduced Chaplin to the silent screens as a new and extremely popular character, the Little Tramp.

The remaining films in the UIMA's series are also noted by many scholars as contributing to and shaping the cinematic scene in America. For example, Robert Drew's 1960 film "Primary" is often cited as the first documentary, and Elisabeth Subrin's 1977 film "Shulie" won a Los Angeles Film Critics Award for experimental/independent film.

"American Tableaux," on view at the UIMA Feb. 8 through April 25, features works by 55 20th-century American artists including Georgia O'Keeffe, David Hockney, Tom Wesselman and Kara Walker.

"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.

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

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