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Jan. 21, 2005

Dale Fisher Will Lead A Tour Of UI Museum Of Art Jan. 30

Dale Fisher, director of education at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA), will present a tour of the museum’s collections and “Jack Kerouac: On the Road,” an exhibition of Kerouac’s scroll manuscript of the Beat Generation novel, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30.

The tour is part of a series of weekly public tours of the museum’s collections and exhibitions, offered at 2 p.m. Sundays during the spring. The tours, which will be free and open to the public, will be led most weeks by museum docents -- trained volunteers who are familiar with the museum and its collections.

Fisher will focus his tour on Kerouac’s manuscript and Jackson Pollock’s “Mural,” and on comparing what he calls “the act of making these works” to the making of Grant Wood’s “Plaid Sweater.”

“In art, the process by which a work is made has historically been of less interest to the audience than the artist’s product,” Fisher said. “In the Kerouac manuscript, like the Pollock painting, however, process with regard to the making of these works of art is such a large part of what the works are about -- and why they are so revolutionary and significant.”

“On the Road” is a 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. Since its publication in 1957, “On the Road” has sold more than 3 million copies and has been translated into 25 languages.

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 scroll in 2005 and the only venue on the manuscript’s four-year national tour to display the entire length of the scroll.

“On the Road” will be on view at the UIMA through March 13.

In addition to Fisher’s Jan. 30 tour, two curatorial tours have been scheduled for the spring semester. Pam Trimpe, curator of painting and sculpture, will lead a tour of American sculpture Sunday, Feb. 20; and Kathleen Edwards, curator of prints, drawings, photographs and new media, will lead a tour Sunday, April 17. On other Sundays in January, February and April, and on May 1, docents will lead the tours.

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, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 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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