Iowa City Public Library celebrates Jackson Pollock

by on October 7th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate American painter Jackson Pollock with two events in October.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, the Library will screen “Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?” in Meeting Room A.

“Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?” follows the story of Teri Horton, a 73-year-old woman from California, who spent $5 on a painting she discovered in a thrift shop, only to find out that it may be a Jackson Pollock painting. Horton had no idea who Jackson Pollock was; hence the name of the film.

Released in 2006, this documentary by veteran filmmaker Harry Moses exposes the controversy in the world of high priced artwork, painting a vivid picture of how art is bought and sold in America.

The screening is free and open to the public. Popcorn will be provided.mural

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, Yvonne Szafran, Senior Conservator and Head of Paintings Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum, will present a visual exploration of “Mural,” the University of Iowa’s landmark painting by Jackson Pollock. This presentation is part of The University of Iowa Museum of Art’s Smart Talk series.

“Mural” traveled to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles for two years of intensive analysis and treatment by scientists and conservators. Szafran’s presentation also will include a review of the painting’s creation and early history.

This event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Prairie Lights, and the Library.

For more information, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.

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