Gallery of Art | University of Northern Iowa

"The Many Voices of Art"

August 19, 2019 to October 5, 2019 | October 16, 2019 to November 16, 2019 | December 5, 2019 to December 19, 2019

Located in the Mary Haskell-Hansen Room of the Gallery, this UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition was co-curated by Dr. Adelman and Gallery Director Darrell Taylor.

According to Dr. Adelman, "In examining art carefully, one realizes that even without vocal cords, art is capable of speaking and singing. One can hear through it the vox humana (the human voice) – that of the artist, the culture, the issues, the frustrations, and the emotions of the period in which it was made as well as our own responses to it. Sometimes the voices are harmonious, sometimes discordant, sometimes polyphonous, sometimes monophonic. The exhibition challenges the viewer to study the works to hear their voices and to listen to one’s own response."

This exhibition was supplemented by objects on loan to the Gallery by Dr. Adelman. Featured artworks from the Collection include the following: prints from Bronislaw Bak’s "One-Hundred Views of Chicago" series, which was donated by UNI alumna Lois E. Iseminger of Chicago;  "Flower" by the late Ralph Haskell, professor emeritus of the UNI Department of Art; "Inspiration" by Käthe Kollwitz, which was donated by Kurt and Cynthia Kruse of Cedar Falls; "Seated Model with Mirror" by Steven Bigler of St. Paul, which was donated by the artist himself; and an untitled still-life by Jean Lurçat, which was donated by Ray and Sandy Benter of Des Moines. Also, on view will be a newly conserved 18th century portrait in an antique gilded frame donated by Dr. Hart M. Nelsen and Dr. Anne Kusener Nelsen of Seattle.

All events are free and open to the public. Please note, the Gallery will be closed Monday, September 2 for Labor Day.