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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

AMERICAN PRINTS AT MUSEUM OF ART JAN. 25-APRIL 20 -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will host "American Prints from the Depression to the War Years," a survey of works drawn from the museum's permanent collection, from Jan. 25 through April 20 in the Focus I gallery.
The exhibition is free and open to the public.

During the first part of the 20th century, prints were produced inexpensively and in large numbers, and were available to purchasers of modest means. Most were small in size and printed in one color, usually black. Prints of this period have enjoyed considerable popularity with collectors, due to their low cost and their broad range of themes and styles.

The variety is reflected in the show at the Museum of Art. Thus, the majority of the artists featured in the exhibition, including Martin Lewis, Isabelle Bishop and Edward Hopper, dealt with scenes from everyday American life. The works of George Bellows and other artists of the so-called "aschan school" are characterized by a reportorial tone.

In contrast, heroic and mythic stances can be seen in the work of Rockwell Kent and John Steuart Curry. And prints by Ivan Albright, Paul Cadmus, Yoshi Kuniyoshi and Mabel Dwight portray strange and extravagant scenarios.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the museum is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.

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