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Muscatine Art Center Offers Free Admission on Smithsonian Magazine’s Seventh Annual Museum Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Monday, 19 September 2011 09:04
--Museum Day 2011 Poised to be Largest to Date--

 

Muscatine and the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Commemoration

 

Muscatine, Iowa—On Saturday, September 24, 2011, the Muscatine Art Center will participate in the seventh annual Museum Day. The Muscatine Art Center will join participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open their doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day Ticket from Smithsonian.com. Museum Day is a celebration of the dissemination of knowledge to anyone and everyone interested, without a price tag, emulating the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities.

 

With support from CITGO, Museum Day 2011 is poised to be the largest to date, outdoing last year’s record-breaking event. In 2010, museum goers downloaded 227,747 tickets resulting in more than 500,000 museum-goers visiting over 1,300 venues in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

 

The Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Avenue, Muscatine, Iowa has an exhibition on view through January 29, 2012 detailing the role the citizens of Muscatine and Muscatine County played in the Civil War. The exhibition will include the unveiling of original letters penned by Muscatine soldiers Daniel J. Parvin and Charles T. Ruger. These letters provide a remarkable first-hand account of the daily life of a soldier. On September 21, 1861 Daniel James Parvin said goodbye to his wife Sarah and their infant son Fred and enlisted as a private in the Union Army, Iowa 11th Infantry, Company H, in Muscatine, Iowa. Mr. Parvin wrote 117 letters to his wife and other family members back in Muscatine from the time he left home until the time he returned in the fall of 1864 after sustaining a critical injury in the Siege of Atlanta.

 

To make history come alive for students and other visitors the Art Center will be re-creating a battlefield campground using Civil War artifacts. As part of this campground there will be a laser projected 3-D image of an actor dressed in Union Army uniform portraying Daniel Parvin and reading portions of his letters to the audience. By pushing a button visitors may experience every-day camp life including: writing and receiving letters, sickness and medical services, army food, pay and discipline, guard and picket duty, and much more. Visitors will also learn of Parvin’s emphatic opinions of contemporary people and events, including his opinions of Abraham Lincoln, General Ulysses S. Grant, the Emancipation Proclamation, the advent Union black regiments, Southern sympathizers in the North and the Confederate cause in general.

Other original material including Civil War rosters, mustering-in rosters and personal artifacts belonging to half a dozen Muscatine soldiers are included as is a Civil War flag made by the Methodist Church Ladies Aid of Wilton Junction (now Wilton), Iowa.

 

The Museum Day Ticket is available to download at www.smithsonian.com/museumday. A list of participating museums is available at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/. Visitors who present the official pass will gain free admission for two people to participating museums and cultural venues. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Smithsonian magazine Museum Day 2011 and links to participating museums’ and supporters’ sites, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.

About Smithsonian Media
Smithsonian Media comprises Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space, goSmithsonian, Smithsonian Media Digital Network and the Smithsonian Channel. Smithsonian Media’s flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, is one of the nation’s largest magazines with a circulation of more than 2 million and nearly 7 million readers. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visited the Smithsonian in 2010.

 

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Figge announces Haitian art exhibition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Monday, 19 September 2011 09:03

(Davenport, Iowa – September, 2011) The Figge Art Museum will open the exhibition Restoring the Spirit: Celebrating Haitian Art on Saturday, September 17, 2011. Organized by the Figge Art Museum, the exhibition features works from the museums extensive Haitian Collection and will run through January 15, 2012.

Located in the Caribbean on the western third of the island of Hispaniola, Haiti has endured a turbulent and often bloody political history that has left the republic destitute and vulnerable to environmental disasters. Colonial rule and a series of corrupt and exploitative governments squandered the natural riches of the land and depleted its financial resources. Despite such hardships Haiti has developed a flourishing artistic tradition that speaks to the vitality of Haitian culture. Ranging from vibrant paintings to sculpture created from reused oil drums, the exhibition Restoring the Spirit- Celebrating Haitian Art pays homage to Haiti’s rich visual traditions and the indomitable spirit of the Haitian people in the face of adversity.

Restoring the Spirit: Celebrating Haitian Art is the Figge’s second exhibition of Haitian art; the 2006 exhibition, Edouard Duval-Carrié: Migration of the Spirit, featured works by Miami based Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrié.  Works by Duval-Carrié will be featured in the current exhibition and the artist will host an Art Talk at the Figge on Thursday, October 13.  For further information on the exhibition and related programming, visit www.figgeartmuseum.org.

The Figge’s Haitian Collection is one of the first and most comprehensive collections of Haitian art in the United States.  The collection was established through a gift from Davenport native Dr. Walter E. Neiswanger and charts the growth and development of the country’s rich artistic tradition from its origins in the 1940s through today.

Support for Restoring the Spirit has been provided by the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and Ralph and Jennifer Saintfort.

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, Sundays 12-5 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m.- 9p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit our website, www.figgeartmuseum.org.

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Figge Art Museum Offers Free Admission on Smithsonian Magazine's Seventh Annual Museum Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Monday, 19 September 2011 09:00

Davenport, IA — On Saturday, September 24, 2011, the Figge Art Museum will participate in the seventh annual Museum Day. The Museum will join other participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open their doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day Ticket from Smithsonian.com. Museum Day is a celebration of the dissemination of knowledge to anyone and everyone interested, without a price tag, emulating the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based facilities.

With support from CITGO, Museum Day 2011 is poised to be the largest to date, outdoing last year’s record-breaking event. In 2010, museum goers downloaded 227,747 tickets resulting in more than 500,000 museum-goers visiting over 1,300 venues in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.

Museum Day will give visitors the opportunity to see the Figge’s new “Restoring the Spirit: Celebrating Haitian Art” exhibition. Also on view will be “Turn of the Century Posters from the Krannert Art Museum Collection” and “Everything, All at One, Forever,” as well as the Museum’s permanent collection and the ongoing exhibition “ A Legacy for Iowa: Pollock's Mural and Modern Masterworks from the University of Iowa Museum of Art”.  For more information about Figge exhibitions, please visit www.figgeartmuseum.org.

 

The Museum Day Ticket is available to download at www.smithsonian.com/museumday.

A list of participating museums is available at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/. Visitors who present the official pass will gain free admission for two people to participating museums and cultural venues. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Smithsonian magazine Museum Day 2011 and links to participating museums’ and supporters’ sites, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.

 

About the Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum, formerly the Davenport Museum of Art, opened August 6, 2005. The award-winning building designed by architect David Chipperfield holds a collection of approximately 3,500 works that reflect artistic styles and developments from the Renaissance to contemporary art, with particular strengths in American Regionalist, Mexican Colonial, and Haitian art.  The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday throughSaturday, Sundays 12-5 p.m.and Thursdays 10 a.m.- 9p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit our website, www.figgeartmuseum.org.

About Smithsonian Media
Smithsonian Media comprises Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space, goSmithsonian, Smithsonian Media Digital Network and the Smithsonian Channel. Smithsonian Media’s flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, is one of the nation’s largest magazines with a circulation of more than 2 million and nearly 7 million readers. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visited the Smithsonian in 2010.

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Handmade City Holiday Show 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Handmade City   
Friday, 16 September 2011 13:44
Hello Fellow Artists & Art Lovers!

We are happy to announce our next event will be December 3rd, 2011 at Rozz-Toxx in Rock Island, Illinois.

Applications for event have opened on our website. Space is limited so if you, or someone you know, would like to apply please do so ASAP!

More details to follow very soon!

Help spread the word, we are looking forward to another great event.

Handmade City

 
All-Access Mansion Pass: The Nooks and Crannies Tour of Brucemore PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:41

Learn the history of Cedar Rapids’ most well-known, evocative, and imagination-capturing residence, as if the walls themselves can tell their story. Explore every room in the mansion during the Nooks and Crannies Tour, Brucemore’s most popular specialty tour, Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 9:30 a.m.

This 90-minute tour is guided by Brucemore staff who open the doors to the Skinner pipe organ room, point out architectural marvels and oddities in the attic, and bring the Tahitian Room to life with rain dripping off the tin ceiling. Visitors have the opportunity to roam each floor, peek behind all doors, and satisfy their curiosity through the expanded access to the mansion and the extremely knowledgeable Brucemore staff. Not only will the quirky and curious aspects of the mansion be revealed, but also the superior craftsmanship and ongoing preservation projects of this historic structure.

Reservations for Nooks and Crannies Tours are required. Space is limited. Call (319) 362-7375 or visit the Brucemore Store. Admission is $15 per person and $12 for Brucemore members.  The tour is not recommended for children under 10 or individuals who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs.

Brucemore, Iowa’s only National Trust Historic Site, is located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403.

 

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