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Jan. 30, 2004

UI Museum Of Art Shows Documentary Film 'Primary' Feb. 15

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will present Robert Drew's 1960 documentary film "Primary" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15 in the museum's Lasansky Gallery.

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

This is the second in a series of four Sunday afternoon presentations of films from the Walker Art Center's Edmond R. Ruben Film Study Collection. The films are being presented in conjunction with "American Tableaux: Selections from the Collection of Walker Art Center," an exhibition featuring 62 paintings, sculptures, installations, prints and photographs. The collection is on loan from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Subsequent dates and films will be:
-- 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 Elizabeth Subrin.

Drew's 53-minute film is recognized by many scholars as the first real-life documentary. "Primary" follows Democratic candidates John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey in their five-day trek through Wisconsin as they run for the 1960 democratic presidential nomination.

The remaining films in the UIMA's series are also noted by many scholars as shaping the cinematic scene in America.

"American Tableaux," on view at the UIMA Feb. 8 through April 25, features works by 55 20th-century American artists including Georgia O'Keefe, Edward Hopper, David Hockney 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.

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