The Pull of Horses on National and Local Histories and Identities

Thursday, January 23, 2020 (All day)
University of Iowa Main Library
Iowa City, IA 52242

Along with our ancestors, horses helped build Iowa City, the state, and the nation. In the process, they profoundly shaped human identities. This exhibition explores the physical and social impact of these huge, powerful animals by screening the original documentary film The Pull of Horses in Urban American Performance, 1860-1920 at life-sized scale amid displays of local equine history. The exhibition contains glimpses of Iowa City town and campus life, as well as national equestrian culture—especially as multitudes of women took up the sport of riding and advocated for suffrage. Original and reproduction publications, photographs, artifacts, and ephemera from Special Collections at the University of Iowa Libraries, the State Historical Society of Iowa, and from private collections will share a sampling of stories about life alongside horses from Iowa City’s, and the nation’s, past. The exhibit is intended for a wide audience of the university community and the general public.

Curator: Kim Marra, Professor of Theatre Arts and American Studies
Co-Curator: Mark Anderson, Digital Collections Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries

Exhibit runs January 23-March 29, 2020 (normal Gallery hours)
Gallery lecture by Jane C. Desmond, Professor of Anthropology and Gender/Women's Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: February 13, 2020, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Hosted by Theatre Arts and American Studies, with support from the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies