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Jackson Pollock's "Mural" Inspires Piano Concerto

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Jackson Pollock's "Mural," owned by the University of Iowa, on display at the National Gallery of Art.

Jackson Pollock's "Mural" is the most famous work of art owned by the University of Iowa. The piece is seen as one of Pollock's most important works, and it marked a shift in styles during Pollock's career as an artist.

Mural was saved during the floods of 2008, sent to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles to be restored, and has been on tour ever since. It will return to Iowa City when the new University of Iowa Museum of Art is ready.

The piece has inspired a book, an award winning documentary, and now Steinway pianist and composer, educator, and author Dan Knight is writing a piano concerto inspired by Pollock's work.

In this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Knight, as well as Joni Kinsey, a professor of American art history at the University of Iowa.