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UI Museum of Art will show small art objects from Africa beginning Aug. 8

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will exhibit "Monumentality in Miniature," an exhibition showcasing African art objects that are all less than nine inches in height from Aug. 8 until the end of the year.

The exhibition, in the museum's Stanley Gallery, will be open to the public free of charge.

"Monumentality in Miniature" will include a wide range of objects, from whistles and fly whisks to jewelry and currency. Some of the works are made of precious metals that have been finely crafted to create dramatic impact, and many are miniature versions of larger objects that retain the power and symbolic significance of the full-sized objects. The exhibition includes objects from throughout Africa, including ancient Egypt. Many are from the museum's permanent collection, while others are on loan from collectors.

Because of their size, the objects are personal in nature, having been worn, carried or concealed on the person of their owners. The exhibition demonstrates that the size of an object is no indication of its visual importance or aesthetic power.

Exhibition curator Vicki Rovine commented: "All of these pieces have in common more than their small size. They are all monumental in scale, with visual impact that is usually associated with much larger works of art."

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog, which will be available for sale at the museum.

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 two UI parking lots on Riverside Drive, one across from the museum and the other directly north of the museum.

7/24/98