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Nov. 3, 2006

Worthen To Lecture About Friend And Colleague Kirschenbaum Nov. 16

Curator Thomas Worthen, who was a friend and colleague of the artist Jules Kirschenbaum for several decades, will present a gallery talk on Kirschenbaum's work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16, at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA).

The event is open to the public and free of charge.

"Jules Kirschenbaum: The Need to Dream of Some Transcendent Meaning," a retrospective exhibition of more than 40 major paintings by the late Drake University art professor, is on display at the UIMA through Dec. 10.

Working during the height of abstract art, Kirschenbaum drew on the Western tradition of representation. In his mature work, images of people and objects become metaphors for a deep examination of being and the human spirit. He once said that the visual aspect of his artworks "is just the beginning of an endless chain of allusion."

Worthen says of his presentation: "You do not need to be familiar with what (Kirschenbaum) took from such writers as Baudelaire or such speculative areas as the Kabbalah in order to respond to his art, but I hope that an introduction to some of those sources will be of interest to whoever attends the talk."

Of Kirschenbaum's works, Worthen has said that they were "always marked by a seriousness of purpose, very high craftsmanship and a genuine intelligence, which resulted in some of the most beautiful and powerful images that I know of in contemporary art."

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