University Museum Opens with “Irons: Functional Tools to Art Objects”

Posted on 9/4/2014 9:03:56 AM

Featuring the Maureen A. Flaherty Post Collection of Irons and Iron Related Objects, “Irons: Functional Tools to Art Objects” will usher in the exhibition season for the University Museum at IUP. The exhibit opens on Saturday, September 13, 2014, and runs through November 8. The museum is located on the first floor of John Sutton Hall, and admission is free.

The exhibit tells the cultural, social, and technological story of ironing from the time of the Vikings, through IUP’s own home economics program, and up to the role of irons and ironing in pop culture. The exhibit showcases examples from the Post Collection, with support and context provided by selections from the University Museum Permanent Collection, the IUP Fashion Merchandising Costume Collection, and related artifacts.

A recent gift to the University Museum, the Post Collection consists of more than 400 irons, 150 trivets, and hundreds of ironing-related objects. Ms. Post, a 1963 graduate of IUP’s home economics program, has been collecting for nearly 20 years.

The exhibit is curated by Rhonda Yeager, Department of Art and University Museum; Janet Blood, Fashion Merchandising program, IUP; Julie Gomboc-Turyan, independent scholar; and Laura Krulikowski, IUP Libraries and University Museum. Rowenta, a global company that designs and makes high-precision home appliances, including irons, is a sponsor of the exhibition.

A public reception will be held on September 13 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The University Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:00 to 6:30 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and all university holidays.

Other activities related to this exhibit planned include the following:

  • September 26, 2014: Museum Gala “Hot Iron: A Victorian Industrial Fantasy” (open to all by reservation)
  • October 7, 2014: Teacher’s Happy Hour (open to educators by reservation)
  • October 16, 2014: Artist Willie Cole will be on campus to talk about his use of irons and their likenesses in his artwork.
  • October 29, 2014: Professor Janet Blood will lead a discussion titled “Odd Irons: Ingenuity and Use.”

The lectures are free and open to all, with times and other details to be posted on the University Museum website and in the Lively Arts calendar when available.

For information, questions, or to schedule group tours, contact Leslie Kluchurosky at 724-357-2397.

The University Museum is additionally funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association and private contributions.

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University Museum

Irons: Functional Tools to Art Objects

Irons: Functional Tools to Art Objects

September 13, 2014
November 8, 2014

University Museum, Sutton Hall

This exhibition tells the cultural, social, and technological story of ironing. It will feature works by sculpture students in IUP’s Art Department and sculptor/print-maker Willie Cole. Regular Museum Hours Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 2:00–6:30 p.m.Thursday: 12:00–7:30 p.m.Saturday: 12:00–4:00 p.m.Closed Sunday, Monday, and university holidays    

This event is over.

For more information, visit Irons: Functional Tools to Art Objects, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.