Exploration

To investigate, to seek… what will we find?!

Examining maps, observing what objects we collect and why, reflecting on events in history, and researching specific genres and people in the arts are all forms of exploration. We present programs on topics we want to learn more about and think you will too.

Images

Stanley Museum of Art “Exploration” Gallery

Office of the State Archaeologist “Exploration” Gallery

University of Iowa Libraries “Exploration” Gallery

Videos

Coming soon!

Other Media

visual supporting link to 1837 Ioway Map interactive website

The 1837 Ioway Map

Preview the 1837 Iowa Map! This interactive website is part of OSA’s live virtual program for Senior Living Communities, but is available for all to explore. The website features photos of artifacts and sites found at sites related to the map.

Virtual Programs

A presentation and Q&A with the Office of the State Archaeologist (60 min)

This map illustrates villages and travel routes of the Ioway people. Learn about why it was created and see archaeological objects from sites located on the map.

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A presentation and Q&A with the Stanley Museum of Art (60 min)

A discussion on this innovative American sculptor.

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A presentation and Q&A with the Pentacrest Museums and UI Libraries (60 min)

What does it mean to collect something and why do people collect? What does it say about us as humans, society, and history? Explore the meaning behind the art of collecting. Audiences will get to meet people with unique personal collections and the stories their collections tell.

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A presentation and Q&A with the Stanley Museum of Art (60 min)

Explore some of the most well-known art movements through pieces from the Stanley Museum of Art collections.

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A presentation and Q&A with the Pentacrest Museums (60 min)

How can one’s entire political philosophy fit in a 1-inch diameter space? What can something as small as a pin-back button do to rouse crowds into action, inspire allegiance for national support, or convince someone to oppose a rival? From the collection of J. Patrick White (Iowa alum), this exhibit examines the art and rhetoric of historic presidential campaigns and the buttons that were designed to win them.

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A presentation and Q&A with the Pentacrest Museums (60 min)

Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment. Presenting the exhibition, “Hard Won, Not Done: A Century’s Struggle.” we examine the suffragists’ work at the national, state, and local levels which carried us through our first step toward gender equality: a woman’s right to vote. A monumental step, it was but the first of many—some still ahead.

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A presentation and Q&A with the UI Libraries (30 min)

A look at the Brinton Entertaining Company Papers and what they reveal about early film shown in Iowa.

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A presentation and Q&A with the Stanley Museum of Art (60 min)

The history of decorative and studio glass seen through objects by Louis Comfort Tiffany, Dale Chihuly, and other artists.

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A presentation and Q&A with the Stanley Museum of Art (60 min)

A discussion on female photographers including photographs in the Stanley Museum of Art collections.

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