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UI Museum of Art will show photographs by Michael Kenna June 10-Aug. 9

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will exhibit more than 60 black and white photographs by English photographer Michael Kenna from June 20 to Aug. 9 in the Carver Gallery of the museum.

The exhibition is open to the public free of charge.

Kenna recently completed a series of photographs of French parks designed by Andre Le Notre, the preeminent landscape designer in 18th-century France. Le Notre planned the gardens surrounding some of the era's most celebrated chateaux, including Vaux-le-Vicomte and Versailles. His work epitomizes the combination of geometric order and natural beauty that defines the landscape design in pre-Revolutionary France.

The photographs in the series depict the precision and ornate design of the classic French park in a modern yet poetically romantic fashion. Kenna's photographs emphasize oblique views, atmospheric lighting, and the conjunction of greenery, water and architecture.

Stephen Prokopoff, director of the museum, said, "Kenna's photographs are very elegant and beautifully realized, while they romanticize the balanced geometries of the formal French garden. In a sense, the pictures represent English sensibility imposed upon French formality, and it makes for a captivating combination."

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.

6/12/98