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March 16, 2007

Guest Curator Will Present 'Dark Matters' Gallery Talk March 30

J. Sage Elwell, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religious Studies in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will give a gallery talk on the UI Museum of Art (UIMA) exhibition "Dark Matters: Max Klinger's Print Cycle 'On Death' and Other Ruminations" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, in the Hoover-Paul Gallery of the UIMA.

Elwell is guest curator for the exhibition, which will be on view at the UIMA through April 15.

"Dark Matters" presents a selection of more than 30 prints and drawings from the UIMA's collection. Works in the exhibition explore the themes of temptation, abandonment and death to comment on metaphysical experience.

"It's a terrific sampling of works from the permanent collection, some of which have never been exhibited in the museum," Elwell said.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is formed by the 10 prints that comprise German artist Max Klinger's 1889 print cycle "On Death," a series depicting the various and unexpected ways that death visits people of all ages and stations.

In addition to the print cycle by Klinger, the exhibition includes works by other artists who were preoccupied with the metaphysical. There is a series of illustrations from 19th-century English artist William Blake's "Book of Job" and French artist Odilon Redon's lithograph series "The Temptation of Saint Anthony," inspired by a novel by Gustave Flaubert.

"The wide variety of artists and styles offers something for everyone and keeps the show from being weighed down by its own theme," Elwell said.

The gallery talk and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

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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

PHOTOS of images from "Dark Matters" are available at