Exhibit Opening Celebration: The Pull of Horses on National and Local Histories and Identities

  • Details

  • 1/24/20
  • 5 - 7 p.m.
  • Free
  • All Ages
  • Categories

  • Museum/Exhibit
  • Educational

Event Description

Join curators Dr. Kim Marra and Mark Anderson to celebrate the opening of The Pull of Horses on National and Local Histories and Identities at the University of Iowa Libraries Main Library Gallery!

Gather at 5:00pm for snacks in the lobby outside the Main Library Gallery, then hear remarks from the curators before a ribbon cutting at 5:30pm. The exhibition will be open for viewing from 5:45 - 7:00pm, during which the curators will be available for questions.

Admission to the Main Library Gallery is always free.

About the exhibition: On display from January 23 - March 29, 2020. Along with our ancestors, horses helped build Iowa City, the state, and the nation. In the process, they profoundly shaped human identities. This exhibition explores the physical and social impact of these huge, powerful animals by screening on a loop the original documentary film The Pull of Horses in Urban American Performance, 1860-1920 at life-sized scale amid displays of local equine history. The exhibition contains glimpses of Iowa City town and campus life, as well as national equestrian culture – especially as multitudes of women took up the sport of riding and advocated for suffrage. 

Original and reproduction publications, photographs, artifacts, and ephemera from Special Collections at the University of Iowa Libraries, the State Historical Society of Iowa, and from private collections will share a sampling of stories about life alongside horses from Iowa City’s, and the nation’s, past. Curated by Kim Marra, PhD of the University of Iowa Departments of Theatre Arts and American Studies, and Mark Anderson of the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio at the University of Iowa Libraries.

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 this program, please visit the Main Library Gallery contact page for contact information.