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Release: Jan. 21, 2000

UI Museum of Art will celebrate opening of spring exhibitions Feb. 4

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will celebrate the opening of the spring-semester exhibitions with a free public reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 in the museum.

Exhibitions open at the time of the reception will be:

--"Lil Picard," an exhibition of works by the late artist known as the "Gertrude Stein of the New York Art Scene" and the "grandmother of the hippies";

--"Circa 1900: Art at the Turn of the Century," an exhibition of paintings, prints, sculpture, jewelry and decorative arts from the years just before and after the turn of the last century, taken from the museum's permanent collection, and loaned by Mark Ginsberg of Iowa City;

--"Carved Paper: The Art of the Japanese Stencil," an exhibition of Japanese Katagami stencils used in a textile dyeing process known as katazome;

--"Reading Meaning: Graphic Symbols in African Art," an exhibition focusing on the meanings conveyed by abstract and figurative symbols known as ideograms that are used on a wide range of African art objects; and

--"Cultural Pleasures and the Natural World: Japanese Prints from the Edo Period," an exhibition taken from the museum's permanent collection.

Other ongoing exhibitions from the museum's collection will also be on view, including Elliott Collection paintings, Mauricio Lasansky prints and Mannheimer Collection ceramics.

Opening events will be held on other dates for exhibitions that occur later in the semester.

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.