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University of Iowa News Release

June 5, 2003

Photo: Mask, Boa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, wood, The Stanley Collection

Art Museum To Offer African Collections Tour June 12

Danielle Snoddy, a graduate student in the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will lead a tour of the African Collection at the UI Museum of Art at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12.

Snoddy's tour, "Exploring Gender through the African Collection," will be free and open to the public.

Snoddy said her tour will cover "gendered forms of artistic production and contemporary changes, depictions of male and female leadership positions, gendered forms of body adornment, dress and ideal beauty, and a variety of gendered religious objects."

Snoddy has recently completed her second year in the Art History program at the UI School of Art and Art History, with a focus on the art of West Africa. She will travel to England and Switzerland later in the summer to interview African artists.

The Museum of Art is known internationally for its collection of African art. The Stanley Collection, given to the museum by the late Max and Betty Stanley of Muscatine, represents the heart of the museum's collection. The collection consists of more than 600 African objects representing ethnic groups from throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

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. 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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.