First Friday: September 2016 Political Seasons: A sampling of historic photographs by Ted Polumbaum

  • 5:00 PM–7:00 PM

118 E. College St., Iowa City

Party for art at the next University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) First Friday reception at FilmScene! UIMA First Fridays provide an ideal chance to usher in your weekend, enjoy the work of Ted Polumbaum, and mingle with other art-enthusiasts.

Ted Polumbaum, who refused to cooperate with an inquisitorial congressional committee in the early 1950s and found himself blacklisted from newspaper reporting as a result, went on to a fulfilling and productive career as a photojournalist. Over nearly five decades as a Boston-based freelancer, he completed hundreds of assignments for LIFE, Look, and other picture magazines as well as many independent projects. Traveling across the country and the world, he photographed major events and many celebrities, but his true passion was depicting the dynamism and resilience of ordinary people.

Polumbaum died at age 76 in 2001, and his archives reside with the Newseum, best known for its interactive museum of news in Washington D.C. The new book of his work—Juxtapositions: Images from
the Newseum Ted Polumbaum photo collection (Gao House Press, 2016), by his daughter Judy Polumbaum, University of Iowa professor emerita of journalism and mass communication—is available nationwide.

First Fridays are free and open to the public with complimentary popcorn and a cash bar.

Consider becoming a UIMA member! Courtesies include home delivery of the UIMA Magazine and a personalized Membership Card, which entitles you to free entry to the Figge Art Museum and reciprocal admission to other art museums around the country.

First Fridays for the 2016-2017 season are generously sponsored by Robert & Karlen Fellows, H. Dee & Myrene Hoover, John & Patricia Koza, and John Menninger.

Cost: Free


Ted Polumbaum (American, 1924–2001)

John Kerry and Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Boston

, May 1971

© Ted Polumbaum / Newseum

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