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