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Art of the Month mini-course will begin Feb. 6 at the University of Iowa Museum of Art

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Art of the Month, a mini-course presented by the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will get under way for the spring semester at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 in the museum. This semester's course, "Cultural Connections in Three Dimensions from the UI Museum of Art Permanent Collection," will be open to the public free of charge.

Art of the Month sessions will be held once per month for four months, including sessions on Saturdays March 6, April 3 and May 1. New participants are welcome at each Art of the Month session.

The mini-course will be presented by UI School of Art and Art History graduate students Brigitte Hecker, Missy Gaido Allen, Brett Van Hoesen, Hee-Young Kim and Leanne Gilbertson. The spring series will highlight selected works from the museum's permanent collection of sculptural objects and will discuss their connections to other art forms and ideas from a variety of cultures.

The first session, "Talking Revolution," presented by Hecker, will examine the history of mural painting in Mexico, and its connections with pre-classic earthen sculptures found in the shaft tombs in Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit, Mexico.

Hecker said, "In the first session I plan to discuss how the work found in the tombs was misinterpreted by the Mexican communists as having been folk art. The impact of this work on Mexican communist artists was tremendous and was integrated into their own work, even though the sculptures were later discovered to be the work of an elite class."

Future topics of Art of the Month sessions will include 20th-century European and American sculpture, modernist visions of primitive art forms found in the artwork of Africa, Oceania and Asia, and the East/West cultural exchange at mid-century.

Readings relevant to each session will be available at the museum at least one week prior to presentations. For additional information on Art of the Month, contact Emily Vermillion, curator of education at the UI Museum of Art, at (319) 335-1727.

The UI Museum of Art is located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City. 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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