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Feb. 4, 2005

UI Museum Of Art Will Show 20th-Century Collages Feb. 12 - April 3

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will present "Interventionist Collage: From Dada to the Present," an exhibition of a range of 20th-century collages. The exhibition will be shown Feb. 12 through April 3 in the museum's Hoover-Paul Gallery.

"The 'Interventionist Collage' exhibition is an selection of more than 100 works by more than 30 artists who creatively and critically responded to the constant flood of mass media images, messages and sounds," said Rudolf Kuenzli, a UI professor in the departments of Cinema and Comparative Literature and English and curator of the exhibition. 

Kuenzli will lead a tour of "Interventionist Collage" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10.

Artists featured in the exhibition include John Heartfield, Georg Grosz, Hannah Hoech and Alice Hutchins. UI Professor David Dunlap's "Martin Luther King Coat" and UI Emeritus Professor Hans Breder's video "My TV Dictionary" are also part of the exhibition. The exhibition includes works on canvas and paper, prints, periodicals, books, sculpture, photographs, video and music.

"Twentieth-century avant-garde movements, including Dada, Surrealism, the Beats, Pop Art and Fluxus, which have served today's artists as examples of interventionist art, and the connections between these artists and movements, are a focus of the exhibition," Kuenzli said. "A central question will be how the practice of interventionist collage is possible today, in a society in which 'culture' is owned by corporations."

Many of the works in "Interventionist Collage" have rarely been exhibited. They are taken from the permanent collection of the UIMA, from books and magazines, and from UI Libraries' Special Collections, including the International Dada Archive, the Stephen Perkins Collection of 'zines, and the Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts collection. Other lenders to the exhibition include the Des Moines Art Center and Northwestern University Library, as well as several private collectors.

The exhibition is being presented in conjunction with the 2005 Obermann Humanities Symposium, "Collage as Cultural Practice."  The symposium will be held March 24-26 and is being directed by Kuenzli and Kembrew McLeod, a UI faculty member in the communication studies department.

Funding for "Interventionist Collage" was provided by an Arts and Humanities Initiative Grant.

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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