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
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
Other activities related to this exhibit planned include the
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
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.
September 13, 2014–November 8, 2014University 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,
Irons: Functional Tools to Art Objects,