Dive In with the Stanley: Joan Mitchell

  • 7:00 PM


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Have you heard about slow looking? Every Tuesday we invite you to slow down and spend time looking closely at a work in the museum’s collection. Then, at 7:00 pm central time, join your fellow lookers and Stanley Museum of Art director Lauren Lessing, along with guest scholars from around the nation, to discuss your observations on Instagram Live.

This week Lauren explores Joan Mitchell’s 1954 abstract expressionist masterpiece Red Painting No.2. Lauren will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. on April 21 to take a deep dive into what you see when looking at the artwork. 

This is the Stanley’s second Dive In live event. Last week, Lauren launched the series with a look at Night Shadows by Edward Hopper. The Stanley purchased the print with funds raised by The Print and Drawing Study Club. Joann Moser, curator at the time, helped the group purchase the print for the museum’s permanent collection. Lauren was joined by her husband Uri, a film critic and aficionado, who shared his observations about films by F.W. Murnau, Alfred Hitchcock, and others who deployed characters lurking in the glow of early twentieth-century streetlights.  

Some scholars have argued that abstract expressionist works like Mitchell’s also share a connection to popular movies—specifically film noir thrillers that plumbed the depths of the human psyche and the hidden emotional tides that move us. 

Join Lauren, Uri, and guests from around the country to learn more about Red Painting No.2, its connection to visual culture of the post-war period, and how it relates to the world that we are experiencing together today.

Cost: Free and open to all

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in a program, please contact the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art in advance at 335-1727.