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Aug. 30, 2010
Media Advisory: Tour of new Museum of Art exhibition set for Sept. 1
WHAT: Media tour of the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) exhibition "Ere Ibeji: Yoruba Twin Figures from the Collection of J. Richard Simon."

WHEN: 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Sept. 1

WHERE: Iowa Memorial Union, Black Box Theater, 125 North Madison St., Iowa City
WHY: This media tour provides reporters with an opportunity to preview "Ere Ibeji: Yoruba Twin Figures from the Collection of J. Richard Simon" before it opens to the public on Sept. 2.
The exhibition features 300 twin figures selected from the collection of J. Richard Simon, UI professor emeritus of psychology and industrial engineering. The ere Ibeji of the southwest Nigerian Yoruba culture are commissioned by the mother after the death of a twin and are believed to be spirited, fearless, and agents of good luck. These 6-to-8-inch carved wooden figures embodying the spirit of the deceased twin are cared for by family members in the same way the living twin is taken care of for generations. For more information, see the news release:
WHO: Collection owner Dick Simon will be present to answer questions about his collection. Christopher Roy, exhibition curator who is also UI art history professor and Elizabeth M. Stanley Faculty Fellow of African Art, will be available to answer additional questions. Megan Otis, curatorial assistant for the UIMA and UI student helping with major exhibition planning, will also be available.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,