Monsieur Poinsett

University of Iowa Museum of Art--"New Forms"

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) was established in 1969 and is considered one of the best university art museums in the country. It has a collection of over 15,000 objects which includes the Stanley Collection of African Art and Jackson Pollock's Mural (1943). Although the UIMA lost access to its building in the 2008 flood, its collection can be seen at the following temporary locations: Black Box Theater and Visual Classroom at the Iowa Memorial Union, Old Capitol Museum, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, and throughout the state of Iowa through its Legacies for Iowa Collections Sharing Project.

The Daily Palette is celebrating "New Forms: The Avant-Garde Meets the American Scene, 1934-1949", the UIMA's current exhibition at the Black Box Theater in the Iowa Memorial Union. The show, which is on view September 14, 2013 through December 4, 2013, presents works of art from the museum's collection of 20th century American art. The exhibition explores the complicated relationship between American Scene painting and avant-garde art, with a special focus on Iowa as "a hotbed of controversy and innovation."

This week the Daily Palette is celebrating "New Forms" by featuring four paintings by Iowa-affiliated artists that are included in the exhibition. Stay tuned for next month's week-long feature on this exciting show!

Monsieur Poinsett, oil on canvas, 39 1/2" x 32 5/8", 1941

Gift of Eve Van Ek (Drewelowe)

© Eve Drewelowe Collection, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa

Image courtesy of University of Iowa Museum of Art

Eve Drewelowe (Van Ek) (1899-1988) was born in New Hampton, Iowa and earned the University of Iowa's first Master's degree in studio arts.  After graduating in 1924 she moved to Boulder, Colorado.  Drewelowe became a successful artist and exhibited her work in a dozen states throughout the country.  When she died, her art and personal papers were left to the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa.  These have been digitized and are available for viewing online in the Eve Drewelowe Digital Collection.

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