The Stanley Museum of Art to open next fall with an inaugural collection
In a year from now, on September 20, 2022, the new Stanley Museum of Art will open its doors to the public after 14 years of absence. The reopening will feature works by many different artists.
The 2008 floods ravaged the former home of the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art. Now the new museum will be inundated with works of art, old and new, from alumni and IU teachers.
As the new Stanley Museum of Art opens in the fall of 2022, director Lauren Lessing is tasked with choosing the pieces that will be part of her inaugural collection. The user interface has about 17,000 objects in its collection, but only about 1% are on display.
Katherine Wilson, head of exhibitions and marketing at Stanley, said that to some extent the museum has been moving the collection since 2012. She hopes the entire collection will be moved to the new building around this time of year. next.
Lessing said the team’s goal with the new collection is to focus on the pieces people have missed and want to see again. During the time of the museum without a building, after the 2008 flood, new pieces also entered this collection and have not yet been seen by the public.
The new museum is located next to the main library at the corner of Madison and Burlington streets.
Outside the museum, there will be outdoor sculptures of Beverly Pepper, Lila Katzen and George Rickey that the Stanley has kept since it closed in 2008.
The museum also commissioned artist Odili Odita to paint a fresco for the lobby. Odita’s parents were graduate students of the UI School of Art and Art History in the 1960s.
Most of the works of art will be kept in the 16 spaces of the gallery on the second floor.
âAs soon as you step off the elevator or the stairs, you will see these wonderful visible storage spaces that will house our truly amazing collection of ceramics,â Lessing said.
Of these 16 galleries, four will be devoted to their collection of African art. Others will house both Asian and Native American art. Stanley received a grant from the Terra Foundation of American Art to organize an exhibition on Native American ledger drawings curated by Jacki Rand in the fall of 2023.
Another part of the museum will focus on their collections of American and European modernist art from the late 19th century to the present day. These collections will include pieces by Jackson Pollock, Sam Gilliam, Alma Thomas, Grant Wood, Elizabeth Catlett, Philip Guston, Miriam Schapiro, Isamu Noguchi, Marsden Hartley, Stuart David and Lorraine O’Grady.
Many of these artists are either former UI students or have taught at university.
The Pollock mural will be placed in the DeWolf family gallery, where it will be on permanent display.
âThe mural is so important to us and it’s just amazing that we have one of the most significant works of art created in the 20th century here at the University of Iowa,â Lessing said.
Not only will the Stanley Museum exhibit works of art from its collection, but it will host exhibitions by outside artists in the American and European part of the museum.
âWe will likely be able to bring in guest curatorial voices to complete the details of this installation,â Lessing said. âWhich is quite nice, because I think it gives people in the wider community a chance to work with this art collection that has been missed so much. Not just here in Iowa City, but in the art world in general.
The inaugural installation will last for three years, but Lessing said that doesn’t mean there won’t be changes.
For example, one of the smaller spaces in the gallery, the New Media Gallery, will regularly show video installations. The first artist to be commissioned for this space is Heidi Wiren Bartlett, who created a video titled Down the river which commemorates the flood damage of the previous museum and the legacy of this building.
âIt’s a beautiful video piece, and so appropriate to start with, but will only be visible for a semester,â Lessing said.
Stanley Director of Communications and Marketing Elizabeth Wallace described a new educational opportunity that will be available to everyone at the museum next fall.
âYou can ask to see a particular piece of art, even if it’s not visible,â Wallace said. âYou can make an appointment and have an appointment with a work of art for free. “