Museum of Art – Iowa City, Iowa

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Museum of Art – Iowa City, Iowa explores the diversity of art throughout the world from Mexico to Africa to the United States. The display of Mexican pottery, African art and the work of Lansky with his versitility of emotions will assure the true art lover of seeing something new and wonderful to them.

The University of Iowa Museum of Art extraordinary collection of African art, displayed in spacious new galleries that enable visitors to view nearly half of the 1500 works of art in the collection. Along with wooden sculpture and masks, the collection includes textiles, ceramics, metalwork, basketry, and countless other media. Most of these objects served religious, political, and social functions, and they reveal a great deal about traditional African lives and beliefs. Other works, including sculpture by contemporary African artists, provide insight into the globalization of African art.

The collection is centered on the more than 700 objects in the Stanley Collection, donated by C. Maxwell and Elizabeth Stanley of Muscatine, Iowa. The Stanley Collection includes classic examples of each major type of sub-Saharan African sculpture.

The painting collection at the UIMA is comprised of masterworks of modern art. Even before the Museum opened in 1969, notable works were acquired by the UI including Marsden Hartley’s E, 1915; Stuart Davis’s New York – Paris No. 1, 1931; Joan Miro’s A Drop of Dew Falling from the Wing of a Bird Awakens Rosalie Asleep in the Shade of a Cobweb, 1939; and Max Beckmann’s Karnival Triptych, 1943.

Prompted by this outstanding collection and an innovative exhibition program fostering contemporary art, Peggy Guggenheim gave Jackson Pollock’s largest painting Mural, 1943 to the university. Other works in the collection include paintings by Georges Braque, Stuart Davis, Philip Guston, Hannah Höch, Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Lèger, Henri Matisse, Joan Mirô, Robert Motherwell, Joan Mitchell, Pablo Picasso, and Grant Wood, among others. Many of these works were given by the Museum’s major original donors, Owen and Leone Elliott of Cedar Rapids, whose initial gift of nearly 1500 objects including European and American paintings, master prints and drawings, English and American silver and Asian jade provided the impetus for the building of the Museum.

The ancient cultures of Central and South America produced extraordinary works of ceramic sculpture that depict both ritual practices and aspects of daily life. Visitors to the Art of the Ancient Americas gallery will find human figures depicted in their finery, animals are fashioned into containers and whistles, stone markers used in ceremonial ball games, jewelry made of jade and gold, and elaborately painted vessels.

The UIMA’s collection of art by Native Americans highlights several important areas. The art of the American southwest is well represented, including ceramic vessels, baskets, and metalwork, and textiles by Hopi and Navajo artists. The collection also includes work by Northwest Coast sculptors, such as rattles and boxes made of brightly painted cedar, and miniature totem poles carved of stone. Other important objects include intricate beadwork by Ojibwa artists, a beautifully painted Yakima leather container, as well as ceramic vessels and sculpture by contemporary Native artists.

Visit the museum to explore the world through art.

Hours: Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday:Noon to 5 p.m.
Thursday & Friday:Noon to 9 p.m.
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Admission: Free

Location: 150 North Riverside Drive, Iowa City, IA

Phone: (319) 335-1727

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