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Figge Museum to host discussion about Pollock 'Mural' debate


March 17, 2011

University of Iowa News Release

"The Pollock 'Mural' Debate: What Have We Learned?" is the topic of a presentation set for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. Second St. in Davenport.

The presentation and discussion is a collaborative effort of the Figge and the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA). Andrew J. Butler, president of the board of directors of the Figge Art Museum, and UIMA Executive Director Sean O'Harrow will comment on the questions raised by recent efforts by state legislators to mandate the sale of the Jackson Pollock's "Mural" as a means of providing scholarships for UI students.

The presentation will also examine the role of art objects and art museums in public education, including the role of real objects for use in teaching; and how cultural institutions advance economic development.

Participants will also have the opportunity to see "Mural," which is on display at the Figge, along with other UIMA works of art following the flood of 2008.

University of Iowa students, faculty, and staff are admitted to the Figge free of charge with a UI ID card. UIMA donors are admitted free with their donor courtesy cards.

For more information see http://uima.uiowa.edu.

Read the release on the University News Services website