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Twenty new photographs will be on view at the UI Museum of Art

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Twenty new photographs acquired during the past two years by the University of Iowa Museum of Art will be on view in the museum's Focus II Gallery from Saturday, Feb. 13 through Sunday, April 25.

During the past two years a number of significant prints and photographs have been donated and purchased for the museum's permanent collection. The current exhibition, "New Acquisitions: Photography," includes works by Berenice Abbott, George Platt Lynes, Weegee, Lee Friedlander, Helen Levitt, Lisette Model, Garry Winogrand and Ralph Eugene Meatyard, among others.

Kathleen Edwards, UI Museum of Art curator of prints, drawings and photographs, said, "Photography is a collection area that has grown significantly. In addition to endowed purchases, the museum received a large gift of works by Chicago photographer Nathan Lerner.

"Many of the images in the show are considered classics, such as 'Chicago, 1950,' by Harry Callahan, which portrays a tree in silhouette against a stark, white, snow-covered hill; 'The Dirigible, 1910,' a famous photogravure by Alfred Stieglitz; and 'The Boxers, 1929,' of the sportsman series documenting the German people by August Sander."

The Lerner gift is the largest group of photographic works by a single artist that the museum owns. It was given to the museum in the fall of 1998 by Lerner's widow.

Direct access to the museum's photographic collection can be made by students and scholars through the museum's Print Study room.

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 across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~artmus on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr.

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