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Iowa City Flooding Hits UI Art Museum, School of Art

By June 17, 2008

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If you live in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan or Wisconsin no one has to tell you that floods have hit. If you live elsewhere, please direct your attention to the Midwest for a moment because we could use your positive thoughts.

As this is a visual arts website, I'd like to point you towards "The Midwestern Floods," a post written yesterday by one of my favorite bloggers, Tyler Green of Modern Art Notes. Tyler reports that not only has the University of Iowa Art Museum got 3-4 feet of water sitting in it, the nearby, new, Steven Holl-designed UI School of Art and Art History has seen flooding as well.

There are no flooded art museums where I live, only washed-out bridges and roads. In the sphere of art, I can't add to or embellish on Tyler's post. He originally came from the Midwest, and writes vividly on his memories of sandbagging against flooding at the University of Missouri. I'd just ask, please, that you art lovers out there read his post, click on the links to pictures he's provided and, as he says, stay tuned with VISA cards handy.

Thank you for your consideration.

Comments

June 17, 2008 at 12:32 pm
(1) Kris Hirst says:

I live in Iowa City, and we’ve heard that the art museum got everything out, thank god, but the art school I know for a fact lost all their dark rooms, which were in the basement.

June 17, 2008 at 2:36 pm
(2) Shelley says:

Thinking of you, Kris. Yes, official word is that everything truly irreplaceable (like the early Pollock) left in a really big moving van before the river overtook the art campus. Not enough time to move quite everything else out of the art museum, we hear.

If there is a silver lining to this catastrophic flooding, it’s offered an opportunity to publicize what a fabulous collection the UIAM boasts. Hell of a way to feature it, though. Hang in there, Iowa.

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