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Jan. 26, 2007

Video Installation 'Morning After The Deluge' Opens At UI Art Museum Feb. 3

"Morning after the Deluge," a video installation created in 2003 by artist Paul Pfeiffer, will be shown at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) Feb. 3 through May 6.

Pfeiffer's 20-minute digital video projection transforms a spectacular series of Cape Cod sunrises and sunsets into a hypnotic experience that alters classical perspectives of sun, horizon, water and time.

"We are pleased to be able to present this compelling large-screen projection by one of the major video artists working today," says Kathleen Edwards, curator of European and American Art at the UIMA.

Many of Pfeiffer's works link practices of image-making across historical periods, drawing inspiration from painting and theater to cinema and television, and inviting the audience to reflect on the conditions that limit perspective. 

His point of departure for "Morning after the Deluge" is Joseph Mallord William Turner's similarly titled painting of 1843, "Light and Colour (Goethe's Theory) - the Morning after the Deluge - Moses Writing the Book of Genesis."

"You assume that in a sunset picture what you have is the sun moving towards a stable horizon," Pfeiffer said. "I wanted to invert that idea in my [installation], making the sun the stable element and the horizon the unstable one."

"Morning after the Deluge" is on loan from Tom and Kitty Stoner.

Paul Pfeiffer was born in Honolulu and spent much of his life in the Philippines before moving to New York in 1990. His previous solo exhibitions include shows at the Duke University Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC (2000) and The Project, New York (1998). His work has been featured in group shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2000), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2000), Greene Naftali Gallery, New York (1999), and Art In General, New York (1999).

In 2000, Pfeiffer was also the inaugural recipient of the Whitney Museum's Bucksbaum Award, the world's largest monetary prize awarded to an individual visual artist.

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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