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Feb. 10, 2006

UI Museum of Art Presents Lecture On 'Video Art' Feb. 23

Michael Rush, the Henry and Lois Foster Director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, will present a lecture on "Video Art and the New Cinematics" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Lasansky Room of the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA).

Rush's lecture will be free and open to the public.

In his talk, Rush will present an overview of the history of video art and discuss the current practices that are shaping a new type of digital cinema.

Rush is a museum director, curator, author and critic. He became director of the Rose Art Museum, which has the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in New England, in 2005. Prior to that he was director and chief curator of the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art (PBICA), where his shows received extensive coverage from the national press. The New York Times, Artforum and Art in America all named the exhibitions and programs at PBICA as among the most important nationally and internationally.

Rush is the author of the books "New Media in Late 20th-Century Art," "Video Art" and "New Media in Art" and contributes regularly to the New York Times, Art in America, artnet, and Bookforum. He has written essays on a broad range of art historical topics and is host of "Rush Interactive," an Internet radio program on, an affiliate of the Museum of Modern Art/PS 1.

An award-winning experimental theater and video artist, Rush was the founder of New Haven Artists' Theater and Seated Man, two institutions devoted to the development and presentation of experimental art works in theater and multimedia. He is the creator of more than a dozen award-winning original video projects, documentaries and experimental theater works. His work has been seen on Public Television, in theaters and festivals throughout the United States and Europe, and in museums including the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Whitney Museum in New York.

Rush was for several years a Jesuit priest and psychologist working in the New York area, the Far East and South America. He received his academic training at the Jesuit College of Arts and Letters at St. Louis University and a doctorate in theology and psychology from Harvard University. He has lectured at numerous museums in the United States and Europe and has taught at Harvard, Boston College, Duke and Fordham. He is co-founder of CAMD, the Contemporary Art Museum Directors association.

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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