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Release: Sept. 21, 2001

Exhibition of 'Jazz Paintings' will open at the UI Museum of Art Oct. 5

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will present "Frederick Brown: Jazz Paintings," an exhibition of 12 paintings of renowned jazz artists Oct. 5 through Dec. 16.

Brown will visit the museum to present a lecture on "The Effects of Jazz on the Arts" at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.

The exhibition and the lecture are presented in conjunction with the performance by Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and his Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 in Hancher Auditorium.

Brown is noted for his portrayals of jazz and blues musicians. A native of Chicago, he moved to New York following college and became intimately involved with the community of blues-jazz musicians that included Ornette Coleman and Anthony Braxton. The exhibition will include his portraits of Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Errol Garner and Billy Eckstine, among others. These works are part of a larger series numbering more than 300 works.

While his works may appear spontaneous and improvisational, the paintings are in actuality the product of much serious research and study. Brown's expressionism is closely aligned with the work of the abstract expressionists, especially Willem DeKooning. Brown's paintings are the result of a personal and highly individualistic struggle to portray the individuals who form the history of jazz music.

Brown noted in a publication about his art, "I'm not painting from life -- since most of them are dead, I'm working from photographs . . . I'm trying to get a feeling rather than just a likeness."

Since the late 1980s, Brown's work has been in high demand and he has fulfilled many commissions, from cover illustrations of The New Yorker to public monuments, including his colossal "Assumption of Mary" at Xavier College Library in New Orleans. In 1994 he completed "The History of Art" consisting of 100 paintings on seven walls, on permanent display at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Pearson Art Foundation.

On its current tour, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO) will perform a different program every night, drawing on a vast repertoire that spans the history of jazz, from masterpieces by Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk to new compositions by Marsalis and other LCJO members.

LCJO, composed of many of America's finest jazz soloists and ensemble players, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center (J@LC) resident orchestra for more than a decade. J@LC features the LCJO in nearly all aspects of its programming. The LCJO currently spends over half of the year on tour, and over the last few years the band has performed collaborations with many of the world's leading symphony orchestras.

Iowa State Bank and Trust Company is the local sponsor of the LCJO concert, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets to the concert are $40, $37 and $35. UI students and senior citizens qualify for a 20-percent discount, with Zone 2 and 3 tickets available to UI students for $10. Tickets for audience members 17 and younger are half price.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's site on the World Wide Web: <http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher>.

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail: <hancherboxoffice@uiowa.edu>.

To learn more about LCJO and the entire Jazz at Lincoln Center program, visit <http://www.jazzatlincolncenter.org/> on the World Wide Web. For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit <www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa>. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for public events at the museum during the 2001-02 season at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

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 http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa.