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Oct. 22, 2004

H.D. Hoover To Present Gallery Talk About 'Art of Maps' Nov. 4

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will host a "Gallery Talk" discussion with H.D. Hoover, a UI emeritus professor and guest curator of the upcoming UIMA exhibition "The History of Iowa in the Art of Maps," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in the museum's Hoover-Paul Gallery. 

Following Hoover's "Gallery Talk," a reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition will be held in the museum's Lasansky Gallery and Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium.

Both the talk and reception will be free and open to the public.

In his discussion, Hoover will use the maps in the exhibition, which opens at the UIMA on Oct. 29, to trace changing perceptions of the Midwest and Iowa.

The early maps in the exhibition, dating from the time of Columbus and Vespucci, show Europeans' growing knowledge of the Western Hemisphere.

Maps from the late 17th through early 19th centuries record what explorers such as Lewis and Clark were learning about the vast U.S. interior.

The exhibition's more recent maps follow Iowa's development from territory to statehood until the present day.

"I believe the centerpiece of the exhibition," Hoover said, "is an 1837 hand-drawn map of rivers and Ioway Indian villages presented to the U.S. government by Chief No Heart of Fear.

"This large, rarely seen map was used as part of No Heart's plea for compensation from the government for the Ioways' ancestral lands. Along with the other early maps in the exhibition, this map makes it clear why this state was named 'Iowa.'"

According to Hoover, another map in the exhibition, John Mitchell's 1755 map of North America, was used to define U.S. boundaries after the Revolutionary War.

"Most historians would agree," Hoover said, "that this huge, impressive map is the most important map in U.S. history."

Maps in the exhibition, all but one of which are original documents, are on loan from the National Archives, the State Historical Society of Iowa, UI Libraries and major private collections.

"The History of Iowa in the Art of Maps" will be on display at the UIMA through Jan. 30.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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

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