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Feb. 5, 2004

UI Museum Of Art Shows Documentary Films Feb. 22

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will present the films "Scorpio Rising" by Kenneth Anger, "Castro Street" by Bruce Baillie and "Hold Me While I'm Naked" by George Kuchar at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 in the museum's Lasansky Gallery.

The showings are free and open to the public.

Approximately an hour in length, this event is the third in a series of four Sunday afternoon showings of films from the Walker Art Center's Edmond R. Ruben Film Study Collection. The films are being shown in conjunction with "American Tableaux: Selections from the Collection of Walker Art Center," an exhibition of 62 paintings, sculptures, installations, prints and photographs on loan from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

The last two films in the series, "One Way Boogie Woogie" by James Benning and "Shulie" by Elisabeth Subrin, will be presented Feb. 29, also at 2 p.m. in the Lasansky Gallery.

"Scorpio Rising," "Castro Street" and "Hold Me While I'm Naked" revolve around real issues that faced Americans in the 1950s and 1960s. For example, "Scorpio Rising" depicts how men banded together and rode motorcycles in the 1960s as a way of dealing with issues including sexual freedom and drugs. "Hold Me While I'm Naked" takes an in-depth look at Hollywood in the 1950s.

The remaining two films in the UIMA's series are also noted by many scholars as contributing to and shaping the cinematic scene in America. For example, Benning's 1977 film "One Way Boogie Woogie" is recognized as a film that uses visual art to distinctively explore the variables of space, sound, image and time.

"American Tableaux," on view at the UIMA Feb. 8 through April 25, features works by 55 20th-century American artists including Georgia O'Keefe, Edward Hopper, David Hockney and Kara Walker.

"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.

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 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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; Writer: Krystle Johnson