Looking Bac: Ferdinand Bac, 1859–1952

Black Box Theater, Iowa Memorial Union, third floor
125 N. Madison Street, Iowa City

Artist, writer, and landscape architect, Ferdinand Bac accomplished more in his ninety-three years than most people could in twice that time. Looking Bac: Ferdinand Bac, 1859–1952 brings together Bac’s drawings and prints, generously loaned by Madame Sylviane Jullian, and the UIMA permanent collection. Divided into three sections—biography and nostalgia, women, and World War II—the exhibition examines Bac’s career.

Looking Bac is curated by UIMA Assistant Curator of Special Projects Kimberly Musial Datchuk, with translations and research assistance from Natalie J. A. Benson, PhD, Drake University.

It is generously supported by the Koza Family Fund, the Members Special Exhibition Fund, and the Richard V.M. Corton, M.D. and Janet Y. Corton Exhibition Fund.

Natalie J. A. Benson's essay "Ferdinand Bac’s Romanticized Women—Recapturing the Past in the Time of the New Woman" may be read here.

What are you looking for in the sky, crazy old man?

Ferdinand Bac (French, 1859–1952)

What are you looking for in the sky, crazy old man?

, c. 1950
Ink on paper
Collection of Madame Sylviane Jullian