Spiderman Actor Donates To Dubuque Museum
By Addison Speck, Reporter
DUBUQUE, Iowa - One celebrity's unique artwork is catching attention in Dubuque. James Franco, known for his roles in Spider man and 127 hours, created three pieces of art to help a non-profit here in Eastern Iowa. The Dubuque Museum of Art is showing off Franco's artwork but also taking bids.
"One is titled Black Iowa, one is titled Yellow Iowa, and one is titled Iowa's Writer Workshop," said Mark Wahlert, Director for Dubuque Museum of Art. Each piece features a T-shirt or sweatshirt. Franco incorporated his own artwork into the clothing. "He generously donated them to the Dubuque Museum of Art, to be auctioned off to help support our ongoing mission to provide classes and the number of different programs we do," said Wahlert.
If you didn't know Franco was also an artist, don't worry, we didn't either. But two board members at the Museum did, and they know the actor and some of his staff personally, so they asked him to help out. "His generosity in giving us these three wonderful pieces is more than we could have asked for or hoped for. We are pleased," said Wahlert.
The actor isn't from Iowa, but hunted down the Iowa gear to make these pieces. Franco didn't provide an explanation as to what the pieces mean, or what inspired him to create them. So it's really up to you, the viewer, to decide what he's trying to show. "We've heard everything from different body parts like a spleen, to a person’s soul, to bugs, to an unborn child," said Wahlert.
But whatever you see it as, it can be yours. The museum's silent auction runs until December 16th. "For a Hawkeye fan, or a James Franco fan, or someone who like really avant-garde work there could be a great addition to any collection," said Wahlert.
Franco will never know the value you put on his art. But museum leaders say they will take any bid, no matter the amount.
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