Sol y Luna (Sun and Moon)

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 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 works of art by Iowa-affiliated artists that are included in the exhibition. These works highlight the variety of media included in the exhibition, including paintings, photographs, drawings, and prints.

Sol y Luna (Sun and Moon), print, 1945

Gift of Webster and Gloria Gelman, 1972.368

Image courtesy of University of Iowa Museum of Art

Mauricio Lasansky (1914-2012) was an important modern American printmaker.  He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but he spent most of his career in Iowa City.  In 1945 he joined the faculty of the art department at the University of Iowa where he helped established its preeminent printmaking program.  Lasansky is known for the large size of his prints as well as the complexity of his images.  His art is in the collections of many notable museums, including local institutions such as the University of Iowa Museum of Art and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

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