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Release: Nov. 1, 2002
EXHIBITIONS CELEBRATING WOMEN ARTISTS WILL BE AT UI MUSEUM OF ART
Two special exhibitions celebrating the lives of women artists will be on
display at the University of Iowa Museum of Art beginning Nov. 2.
Pioneers on Paper: Works by Women in the Collection will be exhibited
through Feb. 23, and the 45-minute film Meshes of the Afternoon,
directed by and starring Maya Deren and featuring Alexander Hammid, will be
shown through Dec. 31.
In conjunction with the exhibitions, a public tour titled Visionary
Womens Voices will be offered at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24, at the
UI Museum of Art. The tour will explore a broad range of works by women artists,
from the traditional to the revolutionary.
Pioneers on Paper: Works by Women in the Collection will provide
an overview of the important contributions made by women artists in the development
of modern and contemporary art from the late 19th century to the 1980s. The
exhibition includes 34 works on paper including prints, drawings, and photographs
by 32 artists.
On display will be works by artists including Julia Margaret Cameron, Mary
Cassatt and Kathe Kollwitz, who depicted aspects of everyday domestic life
in early 20th-century Europe. Agnes Weinrich, Imogen Cunningham and Sally
Michel Avery, artists who explored the simplification of shapes in nature,
will also be represented.
Other artists to be featured include Peggy Bacon, Isabel Bishop and Helen
Levitt, who depicted city life and the urban working woman of the 1930s. Also
in the exhibition will be works by artists of the 1950s and 60s who continued
to document social scenes, including Diane Arbus and Elizabeth Catlett; and
others who explored abstraction and the materials of art, including Grace
Hartigan and Lee Krasner.
Works by the leading feminist artists Miriam Schapiro and Judy Chicago, who
celebrate female creativity by reclaiming the traditional arts and work of
women, will also be presented in the exhibition.
Meshes of the Afternoon was the first film made by Deren, an
avant-garde filmmaker and film theorist of the 1940s and 50s. It depicts a
womans search for identity in a male-dominated society through a simulation
of a fantastic dream. The film was released in 1943 and music by Teji Ito,
innovative composer and Deren's husband, was added in 1959.
Deren came to America from Russia in 1922 and received her B.A. in political
science from NYU and her Masters degree in English literature from Smith.
She made six short films and authored two books including An Anagram
of Ideas on Art, Form and Film.
Deren received the first Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Work in Motion
Pictures in 1946. The following year her films won the Grand Prix Internationale
for amateur film at Cannes Film Festival, the first American and the first
woman to earn this honor.
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.
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on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.
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