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UI Museum of Art will show new acquisitions to its collection of African art

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 and pottery.

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 the museum.

5/15/98