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University of Iowa News Release

July 29, 2005

Image: William Odiorne, Untitled (Agnes Moorehead), hand-colored silver print, c. 1950's; gift of Marjorie Lyford 1983.103

UI Museum of Art Will Show Exhibition Of Portraits Aug. 13 - Oct. 16

"Portraits: Body, Mind and Soul," an exhibition of 50 prints, drawings and photographs by 43 artists, will be on display at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) Aug. 13-Oct. 16.

The exhibition was selected from the museum's permanent collection of works on paper, including several recent gifts, and the Mr. and Mrs. Peter O. Stamats gift of artist's self-portraits. It was organized by Kathleen Edwards, the UIMA curator of European and American art.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Edwards will present a gallery talk at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 in the museum.

Works in the exhibition by Rembrandt, Whistler, Degas, Thomas Hart Benton, Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse, Diane Arbus and other artists explore the nature of self-portraiture, portraits of notable people and informal studies of artist's models, family and friends.

"A portrait is simultaneously about a subject's -- and an artist's -- individuality, the culture from which they arose and the consciousness of the viewer," Edwards said.

"The exhibition begins with an engraved 17th-century technical marvel by Claude Mellan, 'The Sudarium of Saint Veronica,' and ends with a 20th-century contemplation on the formation and perception of identity and race by African-American artist Glenn Ligon. In between are many fascinating examples of the phenomenon of the representation of the individual across time and cultures."

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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