University of Iowa News Release
Jan. 28, 2005
UI Museum Of Art Will Explore Post-World War II 'Road Culture' Feb. 10
The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will present a free, illustrated lecture and musical performance relating to life on the road in the post-World War II era at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 in the museum's Lasansky Gallery.
The lecture by Corey Creekmur, UI faculty member in the Departments of Cinema and Comparative Literature and English, and a musical performance by Iowa City songwriter Patrick Brickel are presented in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition of the scroll manuscript of Jack Kerouac's 1950s Beat Generation novel "On the Road."
"Jack Kerouac: On the Road" will be on display in the museum's North Gallery through March 13.
In "Roadside Attractions: The American Highway Merges with Popular Culture," Creekmur will discuss what he calls "the culture of the post-World War II road." Using film clips and examples from popular music, Creekmur will illustrate the importance of cars, the interstate highway and their architectural, commercial support system of motels, roadside diners and gas stations in the post-World War II era.
Following Creekmur's discussion, Brickel will perform an acoustic set of three original folk compositions that, he says, "is evocative of life 'on the road.' "
"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 definitive novel, including numerous penciled deletions and word changes. The UIMA is the only venue on the manuscript's four-year national tour to display the entire length of the scroll.
"'On the Road' in its Cinematic Contexts," a series of film clips put together by Creekmur, is on display along with the exhibition. The series consists of clips from 12 different mid-20th century films that depict life and culture during the post-World War II era.
Creekmur's primary research and teaching is in popular American literature and film, and he is currently the director of the Institute for Cinema and Culture.
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 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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