Iowa Alumni Magazine | December 2008 | Reviews

Eye Witness: Daniel Heyman's Portraits of Iraqi Torture Victims

By IAM Staff

Goya, Picasso, Lasansky: they're just some of the major artists represented in the UI Museum of Art (UIMA) collections who have used their artistic talents to explore—and often criticize—the subject of war.

The first public exhibit organized by the museum in the wake of this past summer's floods continues that tradition.

"Eye Witness: Daniel Heyman's Portraits of Iraqi Torture Victims" features a selection of works by painter and printmaker Heyman, who met former detainees and tells their stories through his art. In the space around the figures he painted, Heyman transcribed detainees' own words relating their experiences.

The exhibit—arranged in collaboration with the Old Capitol Museum, the Center for Human Rights, the College of Law, and the School of Art and Art History—was accompanied by a number of free public programs to discuss related issues.

UIMA chief curator Kathleen Edwards acknowledges that some visitors may be troubled by the topic of the exhibition. "These issues are not black and white," she explains. "As a university museum, in collaboration with other groups on campus, it's part of our mission to engender dialogue about contemporary life."

The free exhibit at the Old Capitol Museum's Hanson Family Humanities Gallery runs through January 4, 2009.