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Like Mother, Like Son: The Photography of Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret and David B. Heusinkveld

April 30 - August 21, 2011

Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret, Monet's Garden #3, 2007, digital photograph, Museum purchase, 2008.024.
Iowa City photographer Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret is perhaps best known for her remarkable images of people, some famous, some not, taken over the course of the past 60 years. Joan’s son, David B. Heusinkveld, came to photography only recently, while recovering from a tragic automobile accident that claimed the life of his son.

This exhibition explores how each of these artists, both mother and son, approaches nature. While nature is a lesser known aspect of Joan’s oeuvre, David has focused almost exclusively on it. It is interesting to see how mother and son tackle the same subject, but in entirely different ways.

Several questions emerge in looking at these images: How do parents shape the way their children see things, not only in purely visual terms, but also in more expansive terms? How and when do those influences manifest themselves? In what ways does the child reflect the parent and in what ways does he vary? These questions, frequently considered but rarely pursued, are made manifest in an exhibition such as this.

This exhibition is supported in part by the Momentum Fund of The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

To learn more about David B. Heusinkveld, please visit his website Beautiful Iowa.


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