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Exhibition of work by artist Boris Lurie will be on view at UI Museum of Art

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An exhibition of works by artist Boris Lurie will be on view in the University of Iowa Museum of Art from Saturday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, March 7 in the museum's South River gallery.

In conjunction with the exhibition of Lurie's works and other current work on display at the museum, Museum of Art Curator of Intermedia Arts Estera Milman will speak on "The Arts and Human Rights" as part of the museum's weekly Perspectives series at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3.

The museum will also be the site of a related symposium, "NO! art and the Aesthetics of Doom," Thursday through Saturday, March 4-6. The exhibition and symposium are part of "Global Focus: Human Rights '98," the UI's yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Lurie, born in 1924, was incarcerated at the age of 17 and transported to various ghettos, labor camps and Nazi concentration camps including Riga, Lenta, Stutthoh and Buchenwald. After being liberated from Buchenwald in April of 1945, Lurie emigrated to the United States. A decade later he became co-founder of New York City's March Group, also known as the NO! art Collective.

Lurie's works have been called a powerful and troubling indictment of man's injustice to fellow man. The UI Museum of Art's exhibition of Lurie's work features a modest sampling of the artist's production and coincides with his inclusion of a holocaust memorial exhibition in Buchenwald.

"Global Focus: Human Rights '98" is a cross-disciplinary program of teaching, research and action of the UI and its surrounding communities designed to address the problems and prospects of human rights as the 21st century approaches. The program features distinguished speakers, scholarly lectures, panel discussions, published research, curricular innovations, community forums, radio broadcasts, artistic displays, theatrical events, films and musical offerings.

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.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1998-99 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

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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