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Feb. 25, 2005

(Photo: John Heartfield, Life and Times in Universal City, 1920, collage)

UIMA Will Offer Tour Of 'Interventionist Collage' Exhibition March 10

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will host a Gallery Talk and tour of the current exhibition "Interventionist Collage: From Dada to the Present" with Rudolf Kuenzli, a UI professor in the departments of Cinema and Comparative Literature and English and curator of the exhibition, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10 in the museum's Hoover-Paul Gallery.

Admission is free to the museum and to the tour.

The "Interventionist Collage" exhibition features a wide range of collages from the 20th century. It includes more than 100 works by more than 30 artists.

For these artists, Kuenzli said, the ideology that newspapers, film and other media embodied and disseminated could be literally cut up, rearranged and thus transformed. "The artists creatively and critically responded to the constant flood of mass media images, messages and sounds," he said. "They went beyond being mass media consumers and became creative producers."

"Collage has been widely recognized as one of the major innovativse techniques in 20th-century art, literature, film and music, from cubism to hip-hop."

Kuenzli added that 20th-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 also a focus of the exhibition.

A central question for Kuenzli's talk will be how the practice of interventionist collage is possible today, in a society in which "culture" is owned by corporations.

The exhibition will be on display at the UIMA through April 3.

The exhibition features UI Professor David Dunlap's "Martin Luther King Coat," UI Emeritus Professor Hans Breder's video "My TV Dictionary," and the Tape-beatles' collages, as well as works by John Heartfield, Georg Grosz, Hannah Hoech and Alice Hutchins. Media found in the exhibition include works on canvas and paper, prints, periodicals, books, sculpture, photographs, video and music.

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 under the direction of 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 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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, Writer: Krystle Johnson

PHOTOS of the exhibition are available at