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Release: Feb. 16, 2001

UI Museum of Art presents events Feb 28, March 2-3 in conjunction with 'Lure of the West'

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will present public events
Feb. 28, and March 2-3 in conjunction with its current exhibition, "Lure of the West: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum," on view in the museum through March 18:

At 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28, Kim Marra, UI associate professor of theatre arts, will speak about "Taming Actresses on the American Theatrical Frontier" in the UI Museum of Art.

At 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 2, Dustin Smith, UI student and summer cowboy camp instructor, will provide a lesson in tying and twirling a lariat in the museum.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, UI Museum of Natural History Educational Program Coordinator David Brenzel, will speak about "Explorations," beginning with a preview of Hageboeck Hall of Birds in Macbride Hall and continuing at the UI Museum of Art, where families will be guided through "Lure of the West." This program will begin in Room 112 of Macbride Hall.

Marra’s lecture will concentrate on the New York theater in the decades following the Civil War, a time when actresses were considered uncivilized. "If the theater was a frontier, actresses, who were still commonly equated with prostitutes, were deemed its most dangerous savages," Marra said.

Marra will focus on the struggles of the late 19th-century American theater manager Augustin Daly, who attempted to civilize the theater and its actresses.

Brenzel will speak both about the explorers of the West and the birds they discovered in the course of their explorations.

"Birds were discovered in parallel to government-sponsored expeditions," Brenzel said. "There are hidden stories to bird names. For instance, the Lewis’ Woodpecker and Clark’s Nutcracker were named after the explorers."

Brenzel had originally planned to give a tour of a newly-renovated Hageboeck Hall of Birds, formerly Bird Hall. However, there have been construction delays and nearly half the bird cases are not ready for display. So instead, Brenzel will preview the renovated facility with a slide show and a lecture and then present the new website that he has been making in conjunction with the new hall.

The UI Museum of Art will provide a tour of the exhibition "Lure of the West" immediately after the sneak preview of Hageboeck Hall of Birds.

"Lure of the West: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum" explores the origins of the myths of the West that still generate in American culture.

"Lure of the West: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum" is one of eight exhibitions in "Treasures to Go," touring the nation through 2002. The Principal Financial Group is a proud partner in presenting these treasures to the American people.

Programs and exhibitions at the Museum of Art are supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Local sponsors of "Lure of the West" include Meskwaki Bingo/Casino/Hotel, the Gazette family of companies, Humanities Iowa, Tru Art Color Graphics, the Iowa Arts Council, and the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for events at the UI Museum of Art during the 2000-2001 season, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 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.