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Jan. 26, 2007

UI Museum Of Art Hosts Contemporary Photography Exhibition Feb. 4-May 13

"Picturing Eden," an exhibition of 130 contemporary photographs in color and black and white that explores how artists reinterpret and re-envision concepts of paradise, will be on display at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) from Feb. 4 through May 13.

In conjunction with the exhibition, UI instructor and Master of Fine Arts candidate David Herwaldt will discuss the works in a gallery talk at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8.

Organized by Deborah Klochko for the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, "Picturing Eden" features works by 37 artists from six countries.

 "It's a ravishingly beautiful exhibition that is especially appropriate at a moment when our culture is becoming more aware of its relationship to nature," Howard Collinson, director of the UIMA, said. "Is the environment a threatening place or a paradise? Does an Eden exist in nature, or only as a human construction?"

Klochko commented, "'Picturing Eden' is about perceptions of the garden as an Eden -- not a natural environment but a manipulated, fabricated place."

At the heart of the exhibition is the idea of the garden as a place created by and for man -- a site for contemplation, communion with nature, aesthetic bliss and, of course, inspiration.

ArtNews called the exhibition "a striking visual display [with] many knockout images," and O magazine described it as "vivid" and "daring."

Photographers represented in the exhibition include some of the most acclaimed contemporary photographers: Adam Fuss, Mike and Doug Starn, Sally Mann, Jo Whaley Izima Kaoru, Maggie Taylor and Masao Yamamoto, among others.

"Picturing Eden" is presented with support from the UIMA Members Special Exhibition Fund.

The exhibition and related events are open to the public and free of charge.

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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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072; cell: 319-541-2846; Writer: Emily Grosvenor

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