WRITER: BRIAN SHAWVER
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
UI Museum of Art will show new acquisitions to its collection of
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will exhibit
new acquisitions to its internationally renowned collection of African
art May 23 to Aug. 2 in the Focus I Gallery.
"New Acquisitions: The African Collection" will showcase items
that have been added to the museum's African collection since 1995. The
exhibition will be open to the public free of charge.
While the museum has long possessed an important collection of African
masks and figurative sculptures, since 1995 the museum has sought to augment
the collection with objects from outside of these areas, including such
utilitarian objects as textiles, furniture, tools, musical instruments
Although such items served practical purposes in African households,
utilitarian objects also may contain layers of religious and political
significance, and they indicate the high degree of artistic expertise of
their creators. The exhibition includes a wide range of objects, from textiles
and pots to masks and musical instruments.
All the objects in the exhibition are shown alongside information describing
their functions in their original contexts.
The core of the museum's African holdings is the Stanley Collection,
given to the museum by Max and Betty Stanley of Muscatine. The recent acquisitions
have come to the museum both as donations and as purchases.
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
on Riverside Drive, one across from the museum and another just north of