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Feb. 4, 2005

'The Beat Goes On' After Hours Feb. 18 At UI Museum of Art

Art After Hours, a program of the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA), will host "The Beat Goes On," an evening of art, jazz music and refreshments, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 in the museum's Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium.

Participants will have a chance to view artwork at the UIMA, including "Jack Kerouac: On the Road," an exhibition of Kerouac's scroll manuscript of the definitive Beat Generation novel.

"On the Road" is a popular, key work of American literature that gave life to the so-called Beat Generation, a subculture that conflicted with the conformist and materialistic American culture of the 1950s. 

The manuscript is typed on nearly 120 feet of paper taped together. Typed by Kerouac in New York City in a 20-day marathon in April 1951, the scroll comprises the first draft of the novel, including numerous penciled deletions and word changes.

The UIMA is the only venue in the Midwest displaying the "On the Road" scroll in 2005, and the only venue on the manuscript's four-year national tour to display the entire length of the scroll.

Refreshments featured at the event will include hors d'oeuvres from The Cottage and coffee provided by Terrapin Coffee Brewery. A cash bar will also be available. Event participants will have a chance to enter their names in a drawing to win a door prize provided by Prairie Lights.

The Art After Hours program was organized in 2002 to introduce art and art museums to adults under 40, and to further their knowledge of and interest in a variety of art forms. New participants are welcome and encouraged. For more information regarding the Art After Hours program, call 319-335-1727.

Admission to the UIMA is free. Admission to the Feb. 18 Art After Hours event -- $7 for museum members and $10 for non-members -- will be collected at the door. Persons who plan on attending the event are asked to RSVP by calling 319-335-3676, or by emailing

"On the Road" will be on view at the UIMA through March 13. The manuscript of "On the Road" (copyright Estate of Anthony G. Sampatacacus and the Estate of Jan Kerouac) is on loan from the collection of James S. Irsay.

The UI Museum of Art is located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum. For more information on the UI Museum of Art visit on the World Wide Web.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072,

PHOTOS of the "On the Road" scroll are available at