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Release: Sept. 14, 2001
UI Museum of Art installs exhibition of Lasansky portraits
An ongoing exhibition of portraits by University of Iowa
emeritus faculty member Mauricio Lasansky will open Sept. 21 at the UI Museum
The exhibition features 37 prints, many of them never
before seen in the Museum of Art. The series "Great Thinkers," with portraits
of Darwin, Madame Curie and Verdi will be highlighted, along with a group
from the Nazi Drawings series. Smaller more intimate prints of family members
and others will round out the display.
A native of Argentina, Lasansky came to the United States
in 1943 on a Guggenheim fellowship to study printmaking in New York City.
He joined the UI art faculty in 1945 and established the first Master of Fine
Arts program in printmaking in an American university. As his students spread
around the country, his successful and influential program became the model
for printmaking programs and workshops at many other colleges and universities.
In 1967 Lasansky was named Virgil M. Hancher Professor
of Art, and he attained emeritus status in 1984. The Museum of Art has a separate
room devoted to the display of Lasansky's works, created as a result of a
1976 gift of more than 50 prints from Webster and Gloria Gelman. Significant
gifts of prints were also made by Matthew and Carolyn Bucksbaum and the Mr.
and Mrs. Harold E. Rayburn Collection. In 1972 the Nazi Drawings, a series
of 33 mixed-media works, were placed on extended loan to the museum from the
Richard S. Levitt Foundation..
Lasansky's works have appeared in more than 80 one-man
exhibitions since 1943 and are currently housed in more than 75 museums and
galleries worldwide. Lasansky was awarded the Iowa Award, the State of Iowa's
highest citizen award, in October 1999. The award, bestowed by the Iowa Centennial
Foundation, is given approximately every five years. Past recipients have
included Herbert Hoover, cartoonist Jay N. Darling, UI space scientist James
Van Allen, pollster George Gallup, composer Meredith Willson and opera singer
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive
in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon
to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking
is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.
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