Week of July 24, 2017

J. N. Darling (in tie) and family on Captiva Island, winter 1940.
Courtesy of the Christopher "Kip" Koss Archive.
LET'S CELEBRATING, DARLING
HONORING AN 85TH ANNIVERSARY & COUNTLESS CONTRIBUTIONS
Just last week we were reminded by the Alliance for Iowa State, that this month marks the 85th anniversary of the U.S. Geological Survey Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Iowa State University, established by J.N. "Ding" Darling in 1932. (Since then, 43 cooperative units have been established at land-grant universities in 40 states.)

In addition to his work with the wildlife cooperative, Jay Norwood Darling (1876 - 1962) was  the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1942 and 1943 while at the Des Moines Register,  appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt to the blue ribbon Committee on Wildlife Restoration in 1934, followed by the head of the U.S. Biological Survey, and was  instrumental in founding the National Wildlife Federation in 1936.

University Museums celebrates Darling not only for his contributions to the world of wildlife, but due to his expression through etchings creating in the 1930s and 1940s. 

To read excerpts from the University Museums publication  The Prints of J.N. Darling , click here.

Darling at his drawing board. Courtesy of the Des Moines Register archives.

FINAL WEEK FOR EXHIBITIONS
AT BRUNNIER & CHRISTIAN PETERSEN ART MUSEUM
The following exhibitions will be up through July 30th before museums close in preparation for fall shows:

BRUNNIER ART MUSEUM
Parallels: The Architecture of Impermanence
Creative By Nature: The Bohan Collection of Inuit Art
Challenging Taste: Art Nouveau in the Decorative Arts
Decidedly Collectable: States Patterns in the Iowa Quester Glass Collection

The Brunnier Art Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, from 11:00am - 4pm and Saturday/Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00pm. 1805 Center Drive, 295 Scheman, parking available onsite.

RED: At the CHRISTIAN PETERSEN ART MUSEUM

The Christian Petersen Art Museum is open Monday through Friday, from 11:00am - 4pm. Public parking can be found at the  Memorial Union Parking Ramp,  2229 Lincoln Way.
The sacred guardians of Iowa State University's Molecular Biology building needed a facelift, and are now ready for lift-off. The sculptures began their ascent to the roof this morning at 7:30am.
 
G-Nomes , originally made of terra cotta standing 12' tall and weighing in at roughly 2,200 pounds apiece, were placed at each of the four corners of the Molecular Biology building nearly 27 years ago in August of 1990. Due to deterioration of the terra cotta body, new sculptures have been fabricated using aluminum and painted to match the original maidens.
For hours, locations and upcoming exhibit information, 

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