With summer winding down, finding a way to enjoy the last of August can be a challenge. Stress can run high during back-to-school time and it's easy to get caught up in the hectic coming weeks. However, the team at the Hearst Center for the Arts has the perfect solution with plenty of relaxing family activities, adult classes, and exhibits. So kick back and enjoy one last day of summer vacation with these great events!
FORMAL/INFORMAL: INNOVATIONS IN PORTRAITURE
On view through September 15, 2019
ON LOAN FROM THE SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY ART COLLECTION
During the 19th century, formal studio or posed portraits flourished as a way to capture a vision of a person, whether known or unknown to the photographer. The artist, in turn utilized their craft to tell the story of the sitter. Images from the 20th and 21st century evolved into both formal and informal views of people, as their environs began to play as much of a role in their portrait as their face did. The result is a collection of portraits that could be serious, playful, have social or political ramifications, or whose purpose is to celebrate the people, famous or infamous, ultimately telling the story of our society as a whole. [Formal/Informal: Innovations in Portraiture is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.]
The Mask of Lincoln
On view through 25 AUG 2019
The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) developed this special poster exhibition, One Life: The Mask of Lincoln. Drawn from the National Portrait Gallery’s unrivaled collection of Lincoln portraits, the exhibition charts Lincoln’s passage from a fresh-faced Illinois congressman to a troubled visage leading the fight for the Union, culminating in his grizzled isolation as president. The images invite the viewer to examine the complex and mysterious man who came from nothing, and was nationally unknown almost to the moment of his nomination.
Free Workshop: Antique Photo Identification with Lyle Potter
Saturday, August 17 at 1:00 p.m.
Lyle presents the history of the photographic process from the 1840s to early 1900s. Learn to date antique photographs by identifying method and print variations, as well as fashions, hairstyles, backgrounds and subjects within the image. Many clues can be found to help you identify daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes and others. Bring along some antique photos of your own to identify!
Artist Talk: Contemporary Portraiture with Sandra Louise Dyas
Thursday, August 22 from 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Sandy Dyas is a visual artist living in Iowa City. With an eye for the strange and beautiful, Dyas’ work focuses on the Midwest and the places and people who inhabit it.
James Hearst Birthday Celebration: Pins, Pens and Poems
Visit one of the locations below and score some swag! Enter your name into a drawing for a special James Hearst t-shirt and The Complete Poetry of James Hearst, edited by Scott Cawelti.
- August 3 from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at the Cedar Falls Farmers Market
- August 10 from 9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. at the Waterloo Farmers Market
- August 17 from 9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. at the Cedar Falls Farmers Market
- August 22 from 4:00 a.m. –6:00 p.m. at the College Hill Farmers Market
Final Thursday Reading Series
The Final Thursday Reading Series is collaboration of Final Thursday Press, the Hearst and the UNI College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences. Thank you to Sidecar Coffee Roaster and Hansen’s Dairy for beverages. Open mic starts at 7:15 p.m. and featured authors take the stage at 8:00 p.m.
August 29: Vince Gotera, author of the poetry collection The Coolest Month
Adult and kids classes will begin for fall 2019 this September. Take a look at the Hearst Center for the Arts Fall 2019 brochure to learn more!