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I AM: Prints by Elizabeth Catlett

February 16 - May 26, 2013

This focused exhibition of 28 prints by world-renowned black artist Elizabeth Catlett is the first in a series of exhibitions offered through the University of Iowa Museum of Art’s Legacies for Iowa Collections Sharing Project.

Catlett (1915-2012) has created an extraordinary body of work over a career spanning from 1940 to the present day. Both a sculptor and printmaker, Catlett was the first woman to earn a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from the University of Iowa. While there, she was influenced by artist Grant Wood and extolled her students to works with subjects they knew best. For Catlett, that meant both the black experience as well as that of being a woman in a male dominated society and art world. During the 1940s, she lived in New York but married Mexican artist Francisco Mora in 1947 and moved to Mexico where she lived ever since.

This exhibition was organized by the University of Iowa Museum of Art as a part of their Legacies for Iowa Collections Sharing Project, and was supported by Richard H. and Mary Jo Stanley, Lowell Doud, Joyce and Richard Summerwill, Nancy J. Richardson and Charles J. Krogmeier, and John and Ruth Ann Bentler.

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s presentation is supported in part by Rockwell Collins, Inc. and the Momentum Fund of The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.


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