Mississippi River Views from the Muscatine Art Center Collection
January 30 - June 5, 2016
rom the first Europeans who explored the interior of the continent to artists and writers through the years, Americans have long been fascinated by the "Big River"-the Mississippi.
Mississippi River Views
includes a collection of 60 paintings, drawings, maps and other river-related works from the collection of the Muscatine Art Center, whose Musser Mansion is undergoing mechanical upgrades. Beginning with a rare map from 1680 by Nicholaes Visscher, the exhibition includes drawings made on the river by Seth Eastman in the 1830s, and paintings of the river from the 1850s to the present day.
Also featured are paintings and prints of riverboats, along with a model of the paddlewheeler River Queen
, and early views of Muscatine, Davenport and Moline and Fort Armstrong.
Opening Reception, Talk and Tour
Saturday, February 6
2 pm Opening Reception
3 pm Gallery Talk
Melanie Alexander, Director of the Muscatine Art Center, and Tim Schiffer, Executive Director of the Figge Art Museum, will speak about the exhibition Mississippi River Views
, and provide a gallery tour.