Tea Time: Going Dutch

Black Box Theater, IMU
125 North Madison St., Iowa City

In conjunction with the 2014–2015 university-wide theme, Food for Thought, the UIMA will present Tea Time: Going Dutch (September 13–December 7, 2014), an exhibition focused on close study of Pieter Gerritsz van Roestraten’s Still Life with Tea Wares, generously lent by Shirley M. Mueller, MD, of Indianapolis.

Tea Time: Going Dutch is a collaboration between the UIMA and Professor Julie Hochstrasser of the School of Art and Art History. Hochstrasser will teach "Life and Still Life in the Dutch Golden Age: Crafting an Exhibition," an upper-level undergraduate course designed to give students an opportunity both to work firsthand with an original work of art and to learn about creating museum exhibitions. Hochstrasser’s class will meet in the Black Box Theater space, where they will undertake an in-depth examination of Pieter Gerritsz van Roestraten’s painting and investigate its place within the larger economic, social, and artistic context of the Dutch Golden Age. Over the course of the semester, the students will develop and mount an auxiliary exhibition about the painting by inventing creative ways to present their research findings to the public.

In addition to Roestraten’s painting, Shirley Mueller has lent a Yixing teapot from the Tek Sing shipwreck (1822), a Chinese export porcelain Nanking creamer (c. 1800), a Chinese export porcelain ribbed Nanking tea caddy with original lid (c. 1800), and a Yixing teapot reproduction from Yixing, China (c. 2000), so that Professor Hochstrasser’s students and Museum visitors can explore the important links between trade and arts among the Dutch and the rest of the world.

Audience members are encouraged to visit the exhibition repeatedly between September 13 and December 7, 2014, to follow the progress of the student project and to contemplate Roestraten’s multilayered work. The dynamic nature of this exhibition program means that visitors who make multiple visits over its three-month-long run will see new displays each time. 


Chinese Export porcelain ribbed Nanking teacaddy with original lid


Chinese Export porcelain ribbed Nanking teacaddy with original lid, c. 1800
Underglaze blue with gold trim, 4 1/2 x 3 3/4 in.
Collection of Shirley M. Mueller, MD