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.

Crossing, oil on canvas with collaged elements, 32" x 36", 1947

Lil Picard Collection, 2012.210

Image courtesy of University of Iowa Museum of Art

Lil Picard (1899-1994) was born in Landau, Germany and started her career as an artist, actress, and writer in Berlin.  After escaping Germany during World War II and moving to New York, she began working as a hat designer and then later created colorful paintings and collages that combined both paint and everyday objects.  Picard worked as a journalist as well, writing about avant-garde artists she met in New York's art scene.  By the 1960s Picard was creating sculptures, assemblages, and installations in addition to her highly personal and often political performances.  The University of Iowa Museum of Art organized the first American museum retrospective of her work, "Lil Picard and Counterculture New York."  The show was assembled entirely from the Lil Picard Collection and the Lil Picard Papers at the University of Iowa where Picard bequeathed her entire estate.

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