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September 19, 2018, 10:00 AM - February 28, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Muscatine Art Center
The local history gallery currently features “Alexander Clark: Civil Rights Leader.” Alexander Clark is regarded as Muscatine’s most prominent black citizen, and one of the community’s most accomplished residents and a prominent Iowa civil rights leader. Clark is notable in Iowa history for other things, too. He sued the Muscatine school board on behalf of his daughter, Susan, in a landmark case that outlawed school segregation in Iowa. His son, Alexander Jr., became the first black graduate of the University of Iowa law school in 1879. Alexander Sr. became the second black graduate of the law school in 1884 at the age of 58. In August 1862, Clark sent a letter to Governor Kirkwood offering to raise companies of black troops to serve in one of Iowa’s white regiments (this was at a time when integrated troops were not allowed). By the summer of 1863, Alexander Clark and community leader George V. Black began recruiting for the 1st Regiment of Iowa African Infantry.
October 28, 2018, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Muscatine Art Center
teve Gerberich returns to Muscatine with a new exhibition of Gadgetry – a.k.a. “Art that Moves.” Explore Gerberich’s world of entertaining contraptions in Gerberich’s Gadgetry: Re-Tooled.
The exhibition captures the imagination with sculptures such as “Glam-O-Matic,” the “Cranky Goose,” and “Stuart Little Tours New York City.”
Admission is free of charge.
October 28, 2018, 5:00 PM
A 92 minute theatrical documentary film written and directed by two–time Academy Award-winner, Malcolm Clarke, examines the proposition that America and China can benefit enormously by looking beyond their traditional rivalries to a future in which differences are respected rather than suspected – and where both sides focus on the issues that unite them, rather than those that drive them apart. The film was produced over four years, shot on four continents, and made with the participation of three U.S. Secretaries of State.
Seen through the eyes of ordinary Chinese and Americans the film takes as anthropological, rather than a political approach to its subject, seeking to demonstrate that, in the words of Henry Kissinger, ’…if we allow the “Better Angels of our nature’ to dominate amidst a maelstrom of events”, these two great nations might not merely co-exist in the years ahead, but might complement each other both for their greater mutual benefit – and for the rest of the world.