Thursday, February 5, 2009

Have you heard the joke about the Pollock?

Word at CityView is that Iowa legislators are once again throwing around the idea of selling Jackson Pollock's seminal work "Mural," in the permanent collection of the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

Let's hope that quiet muttering becomes open discussion involving everyone in Iowa who cares about art.

Or may I suggest having fans of "Mural" stage an art-in at the museum? Oh wait, it was flooded out last summer. So selling the mural would be akin to throwing out a flood refugee in addition to plundering your state heritage. "Mural" is the only piece of art in Iowa that draws visitors from around the world.

Sorry, that wasn't actually a joke. These are serious times when university art museums are closing to bolster dwindling endowments.

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