WRITER: HANVEY HSIUNG
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Jan. 28, 2000
Museum hosts exhibition of models by skywalk architect
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of
Art will feature "Siah Armajani," an exhibition of drawings and models by
the internationally known artist and designer who designed the Iowa City "Bridge
for Iowa" skywalk, Saturday, Feb. 5 through Sunday, May 28 in the West Gallery
of the museum.
In conjunction with the exhibition Armajani will give
a public lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 in Meeting Room A of the Iowa
City Public Library. This is the third in the series of lectures on "What
Makes It Great?" sponsored by the library in conjunction with Hancher Auditorium's
Armajani will also attend an opening reception for
the Spring exhibitions from 5:30 to
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 at the museum. Other spring exhibitions being celebrated
at the reception are "Reading Meaning: Graphic Symbols in African Art," "Carved
Paper: The Art of the Japanese Stencil," "Cultural Pleasures and the Natural
World: Japanese Prints from the Edo Period" and "From Hayter to Pettibon:
American Workshop Prints."
Armajani, a resident of Saint Paul, Minn., is known
for his designs for functional public art. Among his most prominent projects
were a bridge and a tower designed for the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta.
That same year he became the first major sculptor to be commissioned for the
cauldron housing the Olympic flame.
Armajani is best known for his bridge designs. These
include the Irene Hixon Whitney bridge in Minneapolis, which spans 16 lanes
of state highways and city streets, and "Bridge for Iowa," now spanning North
Dubuque Street in Iowa City. Models of both are included in the exhibition.
Another of the models in the exhibition is a study
for skyway bridges in Leipzig, Germany, connecting three buildings and supported
by columns made from terra cotta jars.
Armajani's projects run from the urban to the comparatively
rustic "Glass Bridge," which will span a creek on the grounds of the Cheekwood
Museum in Tennessee. Other models on display include "Bridge Over a Tree"
(Minnesota, 1970); "Strasbourg Bridge," a pedestrian bridge over the Lille
River in France (2000) that is adorned with statues; and the "Fifth Bridge"
(New York, 1979), a truss bridge in the Bronx.
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