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Oct. 14, 2004

UI Museum Of Art Shows 'Women's Adornments' Oct. 29-Dec. 11

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will present "Beaded Rhythms: Women's Adornments from Northern Cameroon" Oct. 29 through Dec. 11 in the museum's Carver Gallery.

The exhibition features the museum's recently acquired group of 20 beaded ornaments, along with other works by African artists selected from the museum's permanent collection. Other featured works include figures and textiles, as well as a painting, a mask and a knife.

"The 'Beaded Rhythms' exhibition is focused on the way these African artists create a sense of drama and energy through abstraction," said Victoria Rovine, curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the UIMA. "I think visitors will be surprised by these objects -- they play with color and balance in unexpected ways.

"The ornaments in the exhibition, for example, illustrate the potential of symmetry and asymmetry to create dramatic visual effects. Vivid color combinations and unexpected shifts in shape and line create a sense of visual energy."

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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