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Release: Nov. 5, 1999

Artworks from the previous turn of the century will be at UI Museum of Art

IOWA CITY, IA -- "Circa 1900: Art at the Turn of the Century," an exhibition of 35 paintings, prints, sculptures, decorative objects and pieces of jewelry, will be on display from Nov. 13 through April 16, 2000 in the Focus I Gallery of the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

The works in the exhibition will be taken in part from the permanent collection of the Museum of Art. The jewelry is on special loan from M.C. Ginsberg, Objects of Art.

The exhibition was put together by Pamela Trimpe, assistant director and curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Art.

Trimpe said that the exhibition was intended as a retrospective look at the previous turn of centuries. "As this century closes, this exhibition will offer a time capsule reflection on the important artistic styles of the 19th century -- a time that witnessed a dizzying proliferation of different trends and artistic movements in American and European art," she said.

"Beginning with Realism, Impressionism, and the careful exploration of the natural world inspired by scientific optical discoveries, the exhibition moves on to works that represent a revolt from actual observation and substitute a subjective, or an almost spiritual, vision in its place. Works are included that represent the various styles that comprise Post-Impressionism, including Expressionism and Symbolism.

"Some of the artists and works presented may be considered 'modernist' -- meaning they are committed to progressive formal innovation -- while others aggressively look to the past for their inspiration."

The exhibition will feature works by a diverse array of artists including Pierre Bonnard, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Maurice Prendergast, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Louis Comfort Tiffany and James Abbott McNeil Whistler.

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 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.