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Release: July 19, 1999
University of Iowa Museum of Art shows ceramics from
its permanent collection
IOWA CITY, Iowa "Formal Elegance," an ongoing exhibition
of ceramics from the museum's permanent collection of the University of Iowa
Museum of Art, is now on display in the museum's Focus II Gallery "Formal
Elegance" is scheduled to coincide with "Different Stokes," an international
invitational exhibition of wood-fired ceramics that will be shown at the museum
during the fall semester. Both exhibitions were planned in conjunction with
the International Woodfire Conference, which will take place at the UI Sept.
29-Oct. 2. There will also be related exhibitions in the lobby of the Levitt
Center for University Advancement and the Studiolo Gallery in Iowa City.
Objects in "Formal Elegance" represent collections that
were assembled by three pairs of collectors: the late Owen and Leone Elliott
of Cedar Rapids; Rose and Angelo Garzio of Manhattan, Kan.; and Bob and Joan
E. Mannheimer of Des Moines.
The majority of the exhibition is made up of works
given to the museum by Joan E. Mannheimer. Her collection focuses on 20th-century
American artists. Mannheimer's collecting was inspired in part by her desire
to get to know the artists who created the works. Her collection includes
work by the husband-and-wife team of Otto and Gertrude Natzler, who immigrated
to the United States during World War II; and Richard Devore.
The collection of Owen and Leone Elliott is known
principally for its paintings and prints by prominent European artists of
the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Their ceramics collection also includes
works by well-known artists of this period, among them Marc Chagall and Pablo
Rose and Angelo Garzio have been giving ceramics to the
UI Museum of Art since 1995. With pieces from China, Japan and Korea, their
collection reflects their interest in an East Asian aesthetic.
The exhibition was organized by Iris G. Morehouse, assistant
to the registrar at the museum and a Master of Fine Arts student in printmaking.
"Inherent in each one of these collections is a unique sensitivity to the
aesthetic of ceramic art," Morehouse said. "The works in the exhibition expand
and redefine the meaning of the utilitarian object. Classical simplicity of
form and surface unite in a celebration of elegance and innovation."
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 just north of