The University of Iowa

Old Capitol Museum exhibit to be featured on WorldCanvass

September 1st, 2010

Release from University News Services

“Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest,” is a new exhibition offering a historical look at the University of Iowa during some of the nation’s troubled and changing years, 1965 – 1975. But it’s a lot more than just an exhibit, featuring the creation of a psychedelic mural, the recreation of a UI dorm room from the 1968-69 academic year, a film series with discussion panels and a children’s screen-printing workshop.

The exhibition opens Friday, Sept. 10, in the Hanson Family Humanities Gallery on the lower level of the Old Capitol Museum and continues through May 22, 2011. Opening day receptions, which are free and open to the public, will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. on the ground floor of Old Capitol Museum. Light refreshments will be served.

The opening of the exhibition also features an edition of WorldCanvass with Joan Kjaer, the monthly television and radio series produced by UI International Programs. The program will be broadcast live from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber. “Documenting Humanity: A Sense of Place,” will include a segment featuring author and UI Professor Emeritus Robert Sayre as well as Kathrine Moermond and Shalla Ashworth of the Old Capitol Museum, David McCartney from UI Libraries’ Special Collections, Ryan Watson from the UI film studies department, and other UI students, all of whom will discuss the formation of the exhibit and its educational programs.

“With this exhibit, we hope to provide a forum for UI and community members to think back and remember the times when they sat on the couch with their meatloaf and watched Walter Cronkite narrate the first televised war and man’s first steps on the moon. For younger generations, the exhibit will demonstrate the passion, grief and anger that people felt over civil rights, war, politics, science and culture,” said Ashworth, director of operations for the UI Pentacrest Museums…

Read more about the exhibit.