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Release: Sept. 10, 1999

UI Museum of Art offers Art of the Month mini-course on literary connections in art

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Art of the Month, a free mini-course presented by the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will get underway for the fall semester at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, in the museum. This semester's course, "Literary Connections," will be open to the public free of charge.

Art of the Month sessions will be held once per month for three months, with additional sessions to be held Saturdays Oct. 16 and Nov. 13. New participants are welcome at each Art of the Month session.

The monthly sessions will be held in the Member's Lounge of the Museum of Art. This fall the program has been subtitled "Satisfy your Appetite for Art." Bruegger's Bagel Bakery of Iowa City will provide a mini-brunch of coffee, bagels and cream cheese for each session. Seating in the Member's Lounge will be limited.

The first session, "Fantasy and Social Concern: Prints by Max Klinger," will be taught by Elizabeth VanArragon, a doctoral student in the UI School of Art and Art History.

A late 19th-century German artist, Klinger was popular in his own time for his paintings, sculptures and graphic works. The latter in particular reflected his interest in the realm of fantasy and have been considered part of the revival of early 19th-century Romantic themes in German art and culture.

In her Art of the Month session, VanArragon will discuss Klinger's print series "On Death," Part I, created in 1898, which forms part of the museum's permanent collection. VanArragon will focus on the religious, mythological and contemporary literary and visual sources that Klinger drew upon in the print series.

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.