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Fred Kent photographs will be shown at UI Museum of Art

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will exhibit "Pueblo Memories: Fred Kent's 1923 Southwestern Journey," including approximately 40 photographs by Kent as well as a group of Native American artifacts that he collected. The exhibition will be in the Focus I Gallery of the museum from Jan. 17 to March 1.

Kent, who died in 1984, was a longtime resident of Iowa City who served as official UI photographer for 50 years.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Vicki Rovine, curator of Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, will talk about the exhibition and present a gallery tour at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4 for the museum's Perspectives series.

Both the exhibition and the Perspectives presentation will be open to the public free of charge.

In 1923 Kent took an extended trip to the American Southwest, where he took photographs and collected Native American artifacts. Many of the objects, including rugs and pottery, were donated to the museum's permanent collection by Kent's daughter, Barbara Buckley.

In addition to these objects, the museum will exhibit photographs on loan from Buckley, including several black and white images known as stereographs, which appear to be three dimensional when seen through a stereographic viewing lens.

The museum will also display a camera from the 1920s, on loan from the State Historical Society of Iowa, that is similar to the one Kent would have used.

Rovine said, "The exhibition will offer insight into what it was like for someone at this time period to travel the Southwest as a tourist, specifically someone who had a real interest in the region and its people."

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 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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