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PERSPECTIVES APRIL 2 -- Guenter Zoeller, chair of the University of Iowa department of philosophy, will deliver a slide lecture on the work of artist Joseph Beuys as part of the weekly Perspectives series at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, at the UI Museum of Art.

The lecture, "Turning Media into Monuments," is free and open to the public.

Beuys is widely regarded as one of the most important German artists since World War II. His work, which includes sculptures, drawings and installations, is known for accumulating everyday objects into very large units that Beuys called "blocks."

By using unorthodox materials and by creating works that were difficult to fit into any conventional category, Beuys hoped to extend the frontiers of art. His determination to eliminate the various segregations he saw in the art world is exemplified in a phrase he coined, "Every human being an artist."

Zoeller will discuss the aesthetics behind Beuys' monumental style, with a particular emphasis on the artist's interest in the media of communication.

M.C. Ginsberg Jewelers of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1996-97 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Admission to the museum is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.

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UNIVERSITY THEATRES GALLERY PRESENTS NEW SOLO ONE-ACTS APRIL 3-6 -- The University Theatres Gallery series will present "BIG WOMEN, LITTLE PLAYS!, two very different solo performances," new one-act plays by theater students Meg Gogerty and

R. Sky Palkowitz, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 3-5, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

Gogerty is both the playwright and the solo performer of "Mama is an Oak Tree." With wit and song, Gogerty enacts the subtle -- and not-so-subtle -- nuances of her relationship as a young girl with her powerful, elusive mother. She reflects on Mama's quest for meaning and spirituality, only to find that God is in the furniture.

Palkowitz, a New York performance artist who presented "All About Malcolm" on the UI theatre department's Sunday Series last season, has created "Rhoda Alien," an autobiographical, science-fiction, multimedia extravaganza in which Rhoda has been captured by aliens -- or has she? Palkowitz combines poetry, movement and original videos and music to explore life, the other world and her parents.

Admission will be $4 ($2 for UI students, senior citizens and youth 17 and younger) at the door.

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PIANIST GRIMAUD CONDUCTS MASTERCLASS APRIL 5 -- French pianist Helene Grimaud, who will present a concert in the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6, will conduct masterclass at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in the auditorium of Iowa City West High School. The public is invited to observe the masterclass free of charge.

Grimaud, who burst onto the world music scene at the age of 15 with a recording of Rachmaninoff's treacherous second piano concerto, will work with young Iowa City pianists who recently competed in the Iowa Music Teachers Association contest, including first-prize winner Erica Nelson.

Tickets for Grimaud's Sunday matinee concert, part of the IES Industries Piano Series, are available from the Hancher box office, 319-335-1161 or toll-free in Iowa and western Illinois, 1-800-HANCHER.