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Exhibition of 'A Decade of Political Art' will open at the UI Museum of Art

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An exhibition of political posters from the 1960s and 1970s will be on view at the University of Iowa Museum of Art from Saturday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, March 7 in the Works on Paper gallery.

The exhibition "The Artists' Poster Committee: A Decade of Political Art" is part of "Global Focus: Human Rights '98," the UI's yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Estera Milman, UI Museum of Art curator of intermedia arts and director of Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts, will give a gallery tour and speak on "The Arts and Human Rights" at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3 as part of the museum's weekly Perspectives series.

"A Decade of Political Art" is representative of a large body of political posters compiled by the Artists' Poster Committee. A consortium of individual artists, the committee came together in 1975 to raise funds to support the grievance rights of minority prisoners. They acted in response to the events at Attica Prison in New York in 1971, when prisoners and guards were killed in a violent uprising.

As individual artists contributed their works to be sold, the committee ended up collecting a large number of political posters, including anti-Vietnam War posters from as early as 1967. The street posters and other propaganda devices in the exhibition include images by artists associated with the Artists and Writers Protest Against the War in Vietnam, the Art Workers Coalition, the Guerrilla Art Action Group, the Judson 3, the Week of Angry Arts and the People's Flag Show.

Works in the exhibition include John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "This War Is Over If You Want It," Faith Ringgold's "Free Women/free Angella," Rudolf Baranik's "Angry Arts Against the War in Vietnam," and Jon Hendricks, Irving Petlin and Frazier Dougherty's controversial "Q. And Babies. A. And Babies," among many others.

"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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