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Exhibition from Museum of Art will be featured on CBS 'Sunday Morning'
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Plain Pictures: Images of the American Prairie,"
an exhibition that was first seen at the University of Iowa Museum of Art
last fall, will be featured Sunday, Jan. 19, on the CBS television network
program "Sunday Morning."
In the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area, "Sunday Morning" is shown at
8 a.m. on KGAN, Channel 2.
UI art history faculty member Joni Kinsey, who organized the exhibition and
wrote the accompanying book, was interviewed for the program by CBS correspondent
Robert McNamara. The interview took place Nov. 23 at the Amon Carter Museum
in Ft. Worth, Texas, where the exhibition is currently on display.
"Plain Pictures," the first major exhibition to be devoted to artworks
depicting the grasslands of the Midwest, was shown at the UI Museum of Art
Aug. 17 through Nov. 3, 1996, setting the museum's all-time record for attendance
at a single exhibition.
The exhibition and Kinsey's book, issued by the Smithsonian Institution Press,
examine artistic responses to the prairies from the 1830s to the present.
As shown at the UI, the exhibition included more than 80 paintings and photographs
by both well and lesser known artists, including Grant Wood, George Catlin,
Alfred Jacob Miller, Worthington Whittredge, John Steuart Curry and Keith
The exhibition was prepared as part of the celebration of both the state of
Iowa and the University of Iowa sesquicentennials. It was supported in part
by the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency, and Land O'Lakes
In addition to the UI Museum of Art and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth,
Texas, the exhibition will be shown at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Neb.