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Release: Feb. 28, 2003

(Photo: A.M. Wettach, Gothic-style dairy barn, ca. 1935; Silver gelatin print from a 5" x 7" negative; © A.M. Wettach Collection, State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City)

Panel Discussion Will Examine Photo Show At Museum of Art March 13

A panel discussion, "Decoding the Photograph," will explore the works featured in the exhibition "Farm Life in Iowa: Photographs by A.M. Wettach," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13 in the Lasansky Room at the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

A panel of authors and scholars including Leslie Loveless, author of "A Bountiful Harvest: The Midwestern Farm Photographs of Pete Wettach, 1925-1965," and Mary Bennet, special collections coordinator at the State Historical Society of Iowa, will offer insights into the relevance of Wettach's works, as history and art.

"Farm Life in Iowa" features 30 photographs taken by Wettach from his base in Mount Pleasant. The photographs capture the lives of Iowa farmers during the tumultuous years from the 1930s through the '50s, including the Great Depression and World War II.

Wettach's photos, which emphasize the resilience, success and warmth of his subjects, have appeared in Wallace's Farmer, National Geographic and the Saturday Evening Post.

The Wettach exhibition is part of with "Celebrating the Farm: The Art of Living on the Land," consisting of three simultaneous shows on display at the UI Museum of Art March 7 through May 4. The other exhibitions in "Celebrating the Farm" are "Remembering the Family Farm, 150 Years of American Prints" and "Rural Visions: Paintings by Marvin Cone."

Iowa Farmer Today and the Gazette are media sponsors for "Celebrating the Farm: The Art of Living on the Land."

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 10 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

For more information on the UI Museum of Art visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima on the World Wide Web. Information on other UI arts events is available at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <ur-acr@uiowa.edu>.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu. Writer: Dana Kavan.