Sep
16
Wed
Stanley Museum of Art Virtual Wall Signing @ online
Sep 16 @ 12:00 am – Sep 30 @ 11:45 pm

The UI Stanley Museum of Art invites you to help us turn our new home into a “signed original” by writing your name on our virtual wall between now and Wednesday, September 30, 2020!

We will transfer your message onto a real wall, hidden within the building, before the construction team finishes its work.

Sign Virtual Wall

Oct
3
Sat
Stanley Reads Book Club @ Online (registration required)
Oct 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Stanley Reads puts the museum’s recent exhibitions in conversation with literature. This fall we will consider Follow Her Lead in relation to Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Both the exhibition and novel focus on women and motherhood across time and geography. During each meeting of the book club, we will pair artwork from the exhibition with chapters from the book to connect deeply with the themes and expand our understanding of the objects and the story.

Stanley Reads is led by Kimberly Datchuk, curator of learning & engagement and is presented in partnership with Prairie Lights Books.

Homegoing begins in Ghana in the eighteenth century. It follows the lives of two half-sisters and eight generations of their descendants, those who endured enslavement in America and those who remained in Africa. The powerful story shows the deep and lasting effects of slavery.

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Homegoing won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the NBCC’s John Leonard Award. It is Gyasi’s first novel.

Register for Stanley Reads:  https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3VR83aPIweoUmHz.

Once registered, you will receive invitations to all Stanley Reads events.

Registration will cut off at noon the Friday preceding each event. Anyone registered after that will be added to the following meeting.

September 19

  • “Effia” (pp. 1–26)
  • “Esi” (pp.27–48)

October 3

  • “Quey” (pp. 49–86)
  • “James” (pp. 87–109)

October 17

  • “Kojo” (pp. 110–131)
  • “Abena” (pp. 132–152)

October 31 (Led by Derek Nnuro)

  • “H” (pp. 155–175)
  • “Akua” (pp. 176–197)

November 14

  • “Willie” (pp. 198–220)
  • “Yaw” (pp. 221–241)

December 5

  • “Sonny” (pp. 242–262)
  • “Marjorie” (pp. 263–282)
  • “Marcus” (pp. 283–299)

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the SMA in advance at 319-335-1727.

Oct
10
Sat
Saturdays at the Stanley: Artists, Travelers, & Immigrants @ Online via Zoom
Oct 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Brady Plunger, associate curator of education, for a discussion about artists who were also immigrants (like Hans Hofman and Lil Picard). We’ll explore how the movement of people and ideas into, out of, and around the US created new possibilities for artists during the first half of the twentieth century.

Join us on Zoomhttps://uiowa.zoom.us/j/96932650776

Saturdays at the Stanley brings the museum’s collection to you in a casual, fun, and interactive atmosphere. Each event has a theme – game day, frenemies, cats – that looks at our artwork from a different perspective. Curators lead visitors through a selection of works, share stories about the artists and subject matter, and open the discussion up to the audience. We invite visitors of all ages to participate in these conversations and get (re)acquainted with our collection as we look forward to the opening of our new building!

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the SMA in advance at 319-335-1727.

Drive In Dive In: The Big Picture @ Levitt Center for University Advancement, parking lot 55
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Drive in to a special Dive In with the Stanley presentation on Saturday, October 10, at 7:00 p.m. CDT!

You can sit in your car and watch UI Stanley Museum of Art Director Lauren Lessing on the big screen—in Lot 55 of the Levitt Center for University Advancement—as she discusses “big pictures” from the museum’s collection with Brady Plunger, associate curator of education at the UI Stanley Museum of Art. We are delighted to partner with the Summer of the Arts of Iowa City on this exciting event. Please arrive early to park your car.

Lauren and Brady will be discussing the big picture. When Jackson Pollock painted his world-famous Mural in 1943, he was feeding a popular appetite for big pictures that began in the United States with the WPA murals of the 1930s and continued into the 1950s, when CinemaScope gave movies monumental scale.  Throughout this period, African Americans were largely excluded from the big business of big picture-making, but by 1970, innovative Black artists like Sam Gilliam and Gordon Parks had made a space for themselves in the mainstream and changed the language of painting and film.

Register to join us

Prior to becoming director of the UI Stanley Museum of Art in July 2018, Lessing gained many years of experience working in art museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, and the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine.

A native Midwesterner, Lessing has curated exhibitions and authored many books, articles, and catalogue essays on various topics in American art. Over the past two years, she has shaped an ambitious vision for the UI Stanley Museum of Art, which includes a new mission to transform lives by connecting the University of Iowa community, Iowans, and the world with extraordinary works of art.

Brady Plunger is an Associate Curator of Education at the UI Stanley Museum of Art. He holds degrees in art history from the University of Texas at Austin and Tulane University, and has worked in education and outreach at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR), The Blanton Museum of Art (Austin, TX), and The Museum of Fine Arts—Houston. In his work he has always valued the opportunity to connect museums to their communities through dynamic, responsive programming that cultivates “ah ha” moments and deep connections to works of art. Outside of work Plunger is a coffee shop enthusiast and Netflix addict.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the SMA in advance at 319-335-1727.

Oct
16
Fri
smART talks: Elizabeth Powell @ Online via Zoom
Oct 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Elizabeth Powell, UI MFA graduate in printmaking, will discuss some of her recent work and the impact the Stanley’s collection has made on her prints and process.

Join us on Zoomhttps://uiowa.zoom.us/j/95220274367

smART talks highlights work of faculty and graduate students at the University of Iowa. It connects their recent research and art to the Stanley’s permanent collection. Join us for a conversation filled with art, discovery, and community.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the SMA in advance at 319-335-1727.

Oct
17
Sat
Stanley Reads Book Club @ Online (registration required)
Oct 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Stanley Reads puts the museum’s recent exhibitions in conversation with literature. This fall we will consider Follow Her Lead in relation to Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Both the exhibition and novel focus on women and motherhood across time and geography. During each meeting of the book club, we will pair artwork from the exhibition with chapters from the book to connect deeply with the themes and expand our understanding of the objects and the story.

Stanley Reads is led by Kimberly Datchuk, curator of learning & engagement and is presented in partnership with Prairie Lights Books.

Homegoing begins in Ghana in the eighteenth century. It follows the lives of two half-sisters and eight generations of their descendants, those who endured enslavement in America and those who remained in Africa. The powerful story shows the deep and lasting effects of slavery.

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Homegoing won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the NBCC’s John Leonard Award. It is Gyasi’s first novel.

Register for Stanley Reads:  https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3VR83aPIweoUmHz.

Once registered, you will receive invitations to all Stanley Reads events.

Registration will cut off at noon the Friday preceding each event. Anyone registered after that will be added to the following meeting.

September 19

  • “Effia” (pp. 1–26)
  • “Esi” (pp.27–48)

October 3

  • “Quey” (pp. 49–86)
  • “James” (pp. 87–109)

October 17

  • “Kojo” (pp. 110–131)
  • “Abena” (pp. 132–152)

October 31 (Led by Derek Nnuro)

  • “H” (pp. 155–175)
  • “Akua” (pp. 176–197)

November 14

  • “Willie” (pp. 198–220)
  • “Yaw” (pp. 221–241)

December 5

  • “Sonny” (pp. 242–262)
  • “Marjorie” (pp. 263–282)
  • “Marcus” (pp. 283–299)

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the SMA in advance at 319-335-1727.

Oct
20
Tue
Stanley Quiz Show – Art & Museum Trivia @ Online (registration required)
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

It’s time to get quizzical with the Stanley Museum of Art’s Stanley Quiz Show! Join us for a live virtual trivia game on Zoom hosted by Brady Plunger, associate curator of education and unabashed lover of gameshow couture. Other members of the museum staff, including superstar director Lauren Lessing, will make guest appearances to give you the 411 on the museum construction project and our plans for moving our extraordinary collections into our new home.

This game will feature four rounds of questions about art, museums, and our beloved University of Iowa. And don’t worry, you won’t need a Ph.D. in art history—people with all levels of art knowledge can play to win!

You can play as an individual, as a household, or on a “remote” team with friends or loved ones further afield.

The first-place team will receive a $75 gift card; second place a $50 gift card; and third place a $35 gift card from a local business.

We’ll be playing via Zoom. If your team will not be sharing a device, please have each member register (to ensure they get the Zoom link) and then designate one person to submit answers on behalf of your team. You’ll probably want to communicate with your team via a secondary mode such as texting, FaceTime, or Google Hangouts.

FREE. Register before noon, October 19: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_40ogAGebEKAor9r

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the SMA in advance at 319-335-1727.

Oct
24
Sat
Stanley Creates: “Fluidity”-inspired paper marbling @ Online (registration required)
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Led by Lauren Linahon, art education masters student, UI College of Education

Stanley Creates is an interactive program for children and teens to learn artmaking techniques using everyday materials. Taking inspiration from the museum’s collection, participants will play with materials to create unique projects at home. Lauren Linahon will demonstrate the process and provide feedback and support to participants as they make their artwork.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to marble paper using materials found at home. Taking inspiration from the exhibition Fluidity, Linahon will guide kids through the process of creating colorful marble patterns on paper. She’ll also give participants ideas for how to use the marbled paper in other projects.

Lauren Linahon is a graduate student in art education. She has led artmaking workshops for United Action for Youth and taught studio sections of the course Create, Imagine, Play: Human Development through Arts at the University of Iowa.

Free. Participation is limited to 15, please register in advance: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cx6K9IPBqZ7eoxT

After registration, you will receive a welcome letter with a supply list, all of which are common household items.

Video instructions will be available after the event for those who are unable to attend, but would like to make the projects.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the SMA in advance at 319-335-1727.

Oct
31
Sat
Stanley Reads Book Club @ Online (registration required)
Oct 31 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Stanley Reads puts the museum’s recent exhibitions in conversation with literature. This fall we will consider Follow Her Lead in relation to Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Both the exhibition and novel focus on women and motherhood across time and geography. During each meeting of the book club, we will pair artwork from the exhibition with chapters from the book to connect deeply with the themes and expand our understanding of the objects and the story.

Stanley Reads is led by Kimberly Datchuk, curator of learning & engagement and is presented in partnership with Prairie Lights Books.

Homegoing begins in Ghana in the eighteenth century. It follows the lives of two half-sisters and eight generations of their descendants, those who endured enslavement in America and those who remained in Africa. The powerful story shows the deep and lasting effects of slavery.

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Homegoing won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the NBCC’s John Leonard Award. It is Gyasi’s first novel.

Register for Stanley Reads:  https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3VR83aPIweoUmHz.

Once registered, you will receive invitations to all Stanley Reads events.

Registration will cut off at noon the Friday preceding each event. Anyone registered after that will be added to the following meeting.

September 19

  • “Effia” (pp. 1–26)
  • “Esi” (pp.27–48)

October 3

  • “Quey” (pp. 49–86)
  • “James” (pp. 87–109)

October 17

  • “Kojo” (pp. 110–131)
  • “Abena” (pp. 132–152)

October 31 (Led by Derek Nnuro)

  • “H” (pp. 155–175)
  • “Akua” (pp. 176–197)

November 14

  • “Willie” (pp. 198–220)
  • “Yaw” (pp. 221–241)

December 5

  • “Sonny” (pp. 242–262)
  • “Marjorie” (pp. 263–282)
  • “Marcus” (pp. 283–299)

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the SMA in advance at 319-335-1727.

Nov
7
Sat
Saturdays at the Stanley: Frenemies—Jackson Pollock & Willem de Kooning @ Online via Zoom
Nov 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning are two of the most well-known and groundbreaking American abstract painters. Friends and competitors, they jockeyed for position to be the most important American artist of the century. Find out how Pollock and De Kooning pushed twentieth-century American painting (and each other) in daring new directions. Kimberly Datchuk, curator of learning & engagement leads the discussion.

Join us on Zoom: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/98230324908

Saturdays at the Stanley brings the museum’s collection to you in a casual, fun, and interactive atmosphere. Each event has a theme – game day, frenemies, cats – that looks at our artwork from a different perspective. Curators lead visitors through a selection of works, share stories about the artists and subject matter, and open the discussion up to the audience. We invite visitors of all ages to participate in these conversations and get (re)acquainted with our collection as we look forward to the opening of our new building!

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the SMA in advance at 319-335-1727.