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After 14 years, the Stanley Museum reopens and welcomes home its collection

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

When the flood waters rose in 2008, there was a frantic and successful effort to rescue works of art from the University of Iowa Museum of Art — 14 years later, the collection has come back home.

This community deserves beauty
Lauren Lessing, Director of the UI Stanley Museum of Art

On this episode of Talk of Iowa — a tour of the brand new and breathtaking Stanley Museum of Art on the University of Iowa campus with museum director Lauren Lessing. She discusses the reopening process, the opening exhibit, 'Homecoming' and Jackson Pollock's pivotal 8-by-20 foot painting, 'Mural.'

The museum opens to the public Friday, August 26.

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  • Lauren Lessing | director of the UI Stanley Museum of Art
  • David Duer | volunteer docent with the Stanley Museum
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio