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April 13, 2007

Photo: Old White Woman Ledger: "Cheyennes Indians on there [sic] way home from the Sioux Tribes at Dakota," 1880-1890. Gerald and Hope Solomons Collection

Exhibition Of Plains Indian Drawings Opens April 25 At UI Museum of Art

"Plains Indian Drawings: The Gerald and Hope Solomons Collection," an exhibition of 30 extraordinary drawings created between 1865 and 1910, will be on display at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) from April 25 to Sept. 30, 2007.

The exhibition is open to the public free of charge.

The drawings in the exhibition were created on accounting and ledger book paper provided by non-native soldiers and settlers. Drawn by members of the Cheyenne, Crow, Kiowa, Arapaho, Sioux and other peoples during the height of 19th-century Plains Indian culture, they capture the vibrancy of the pre-reservation era.

The collection is a promised gift to the UIMA from Gerald and Hope Solomons.

"Hope and Gerald Solomons have been wonderful contributors to the museum's collections, most notably their outstanding ancient American ceramics," Howard Collinson, director of the UIMA, said. "We are very grateful to them for sharing these precious documents of the art and history of native America with the UI and with all Iowans."

The drawings in the collection herald a period of transition for the Plains Indians, depicting a culture in contact, and increasingly in conflict, with whites. Many of the drawings offer complex visual narratives, often recording the stories of warriors returning from battle. Others represent domestic scenes.

Some of the drawings reflect the increasing influence of Western European approaches to representational art, as the artists began to add perspective, shadows, and greater detail to their depictions of the human form.

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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