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Feb. 5, 2004

Photo: Edward Hopper
(American, b. Nyack, New York, 1882-1967)
Office at Night , 1940
Oil on canvas
Gift of the T.B. Walker Foundation, Gilbert M. Walker Fund, 1948

UI Museum Of Art Presents Guided Tour Of 'American Tableaux' Show Feb. 22

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will present a guided tour of the exhibition "American Tableaux: Selections from the Collection of Walker Art Center" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 in its new gallery space.

The tour will be free and open to the public.

"American Tableaux," on display at the UIMA through April 25, features 62 paintings, sculptures, installations, prints and photographs on loan from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The exhibition features works by 55 20th-century American artists including Georgia O'Keeffe, David Hockney, Tom Wesselman and Kara Walker.

UIMA Director of Education Dale Fisher will guide the tour as he focuses on the regionalist style of the American genre works in the collection, the exploration of form and media and the issues of social identity, race and gender.

With so many different styles and media represented, Fisher said, "American Tableaux" offers a unique opportunity to ponder 20th-century American art in depth.

The newly renovated, 6,000-square-foot gallery where "American Tableaux" will be displayed will open Feb. 8. Also new to the museum will be an additional 2,000 square feet of gallery space and new areas for educational programming, the care and study of the museum's collections and public events.

"American Tableaux" was organized by Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. It is made possible by generous support from the Dain Rauscher Foundation and Marshall Field's Project Imagine.

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.

PHOTOS from "American Tableaux" are available at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa/photos.html.