CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
ARTS IOWA CITY GALLERY READING OCT 15 -- The University of Iowa International
Writing Program (IWP) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop will present a joint
reading by short-story writer and poet Jorge Accame of Argentina and poet
Jordan Ethe at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Arts Iowa City Gallery,
downstairs in the Jefferson Building, 129 E. Washington St., in downtown
Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.
Accame is a poet, fiction writer and translator, as well as university
professor. He is the author of two poetry collections, five short-story
collections, an award-winning work for theater and many books for children.
Accame's work has appeared in more than 10 anthologies, and he has received
numerous awards for children's literature.
Accame teaches Greek at the Jujuy National University in Argentina and
writes essays, articles and short fiction for two northern Argentinean
newspapers. He translates from classical Greek and Latin, in addition to
Spanish and Italian.
Ethe is a graduate student in the poetry division of the UI Writers'
The IWP, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, is a unique residency
program that each fall assembles a community of established writers from
all parts of the globe. This fall 31 writers from 25 countries are spending
three months at the UI.
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Jorge Accame is pronounced HOHR-hay/ ahk-SAH-meh.
Ethe is pronounced EETH.)
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JOHNS LECTURE OCT. 16 -- Christopher Johns, an art historian from the
University of Virginia, will conduct a slide lecture at the University
of Iowa School of Art and Art History at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16. The
lecture, "'This Great Cavern of Stolen Goods': Antonio Canova and
the Musee Napoleon in 1815," will be open to the public free of charge
in Room E109 of the UI Art Building.
Antonio Canova, an Italian sculptor, was one of the most important neo-classical
artists of the late 18th and 19th centuries. The lecture will focus on
his life and works, as well as his personal relationship with Napoleon
and the Buonoparte family. Most of the slides will show examples of his
Johns is an expert on 18th- and 19th-century Roman art and is currently
publishing a book on Canova and his works. His visit is sponsored by the
UI School of Art and Art History.
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ART OF THE MONTH CONTINUES OCT. 18 -- The second session of the University
of Iowa Museum of Art's Art of the Month minicourse will be held at 10
a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 in the museum. The minicourse, "Who Makes Art:
The Role of Scholars, Anthropologists and Ethnographers in Appropriating
and Labeling Non-Western Aesthetic Objects," consists of four monthly
sessions, each focusing on scholarship's impact on the analysis and exhibition
of non-Western art.
The sessions are open to the public free of charge, and are led by Jennifer
Vigil, a Ph.D. student in 20th century American art, and Brenda Molife,
a PhD. candidate in African art.
Saturday's discussion will focus on objects in the museum's permanent
collection, and the process involved in recognizing them as works of art,
as opposed to anthropological or archaeological artifacts.
Articles relevant to the discussion will be placed on reserve in the
art library and the museum prior to the discussion. Participants are encouraged
but not required to read the articles before the session.
New participants are welcome to come to any Art of the Month session.
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HARPSICHORD RECITAL OCT. 19 -- Harpsichordist Nanette Lunde will perform
works by J.S. Bach, Louis Couperin and Antoine Forqueray in a recital presented
by the University of Iowa School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard
Society at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in the Senate Chamber of the Old
Capitol on the UI campus.
Lunde's recital will be free and open to the public. The complete program
will be the Pieces de Clavecin (Keyboard pieces) in F major of Louis Couperin;
Pieces de Clavecin in C minor of Forqueray; and Lunde's transcription of
Bach's Partita in D minor for solo violin.
Lunde is the coordinator for "Les Favorites," the resident
period instrument ensemble at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire.
She has performed on harpsichords in European museums and appeared as soloist
with orchestras across the United States and in live broadcasts on Minnesota
and Wisconsin public radio.
A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and Northwestern University,
she also holds two diplomas from the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria.
She has published "The Continuo Companion," a text for class
piano instruction, a journal article on popular song composer Joseph Burke
and other scholarly works. The past president and founder of the Midwestern
Historical Keyboard Society, she teaches harpsichord, piano, Baroque performance
practices, and a course on women in music at the University of Wisconsin,
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READING BY GREEK NOVELIST HOMENIDES OCT. 19 -- The University of Iowa
International Writing Program (IWP) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop will
present a joint reading by one of Greece's most renowned young authors,
Christos Homenides, and fiction writer Erin Ergenbright at 5 p.m. Sunday,
Oct. 19, at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., in downtown Iowa City.
The reading is free and open to the public.
Homenides' novel "The Wise Kid" (now in its 16th edition)
is being made into a film in English, and he is the author of two other
volumes of fiction. In addition to writing fiction, he is an attorney and
is a member of the Education Council of the Center for Diplomatic Studies
of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Greece. The author also is a regular
contributor to the magazine Elle, for which he interviews authors, political
figures and scientists. Homenides is the IWP's first author from Greece
in more than a dozen years.
Ergenbright is a second-year graduate student in the fiction division
of the Writers' Workshop.
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Christos Homenides is pronounced KREES-tos/ ho-meh-NEED-ess.)
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PERSPECTIVES OCT. 22 -- Mary Jo Arnoldi, curator of African Ethnology
and Art at the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of Natural History, will
present a slide lecture on African hats and headgear at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday,
Oct. 22 at the University of Iowa Museum of Art.
The lecture will be open to the public free of charge.
Arnoldi recently served as curator for "Crowning Achievements:
African Arts of Dressing the Head," a traveling exhibition organized
by the University of California's Fowler Museum of Cultural History in
Los Angeles. She also co-authored the exhibition's catalog.
Arnoldi's lecture will focus on the cultural significance of hats, turbans,
headdresses, crowns and even haircuts in African society, including centuries-old
traditions as well as contemporary practices.
Vicki Rovine, curator of Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas for
the UI Museum of Art, noted that hats carry symbolic meaning in many different
societies. "In African culture, as in many others, hats can symbolize
status, ethnicity, age and religious affiliation," she said.
Some pieces from the museum's permanent collection will be on display
and serve as examples during the lecture. Many of the slides will depict
hats and other forms of headgear in use, and others will show examples
from the traveling exhibit.
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City,
is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day of Arnoldi's talk. Admission 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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BRITISH NOVELIST FISCHER READS OCT. 22 -- Tibor Fischer, one of Britain's
most prominent young literary voices, will read from his fiction at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., in downtown
Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.
Fischer's first novel, "Under the Frog," won the Betty Trask
Award in 1992 and was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1993. Granta
magazine listed him as one of the 20 best young British novelists of 1993.
The author's second novel, "The Thought Gang," which was published
to wide acclaim in 1994, is being made into a movie.
Fischer's most recent novel is "The Collector Collector."
The novel is a "literary lions" selection in the July 1997 Book-of-the-Month
Club listings and was given a rave review by the New York Times Book Review.
The author was born in Stockport, England, in 1959, the son of two professional
basketball players who defected from Hungary to England in 1956. Fischer
grew up in Bromley, South London, and studied Latin and French at Cambridge.
Fischer is in Iowa City as a participant in the International Writing
Program of the University of Iowa.
Founded in 1967, the IWP remains unique in world literature. Authors
participating in the IWP range in stature from those who are among the
most well-known literary figures in their countries to and those with international
impact, to promising young writers just emerging into prominence. During
their stay in Iowa City, many of the authors travel to other universities
and cities throughout the United States -- under the auspices of the IWP
-- to present lectures, readings and symposia. The program is the primary
contact through which many foreign authors know the United States; it
helps many in getting their work translated and published in the United
This fall the IWP is hosting 31 writers from 25 countries through November.
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UNIVERSITY THEATRES GALLERY PREMIERES 'BOW WOW CLUB' OCT. 23-26 -- The
University Theatres Gallery series will premiere "The Bow Wow Club"
by Iowa Playwrights Workshop member Lee Simon Jr. at 8 p.m. Thursday through
Saturday, Oct. 23-25, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, in Theatre B of the
University of Iowa Theatre Building.
Questions of relationships, friendship and love are raised as five members
of Harlem's infamous Bow Wow Club stage a Fourth of July 20-year reunion.
More than fireworks go off as the club members and their wives and lovers
confront the past, present and future.
The production is directed by San Francisco Mime Troupe veteran Edris
Cooper, who directed Robert Alexander's "A Preface to the Alien Garden"
for University Theatres Mainstage last season.
Simon is the author of the 1997 Iowa Playwrights Festival hit "Caseload,"
which will be read in January at the Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago.
His play "God, the Crackhouse and the Devil" will be produced
Off-Broadway, in the spring of 1998. As an actor, Simon appeared in the
Pulitzer Prize-winning, Tony nominated "Kentucky Cycle." He has
worked Off-Broadway and regionally across the country, including "Fool
For Love" at Riverside Theatre in Iowa City.
"The Bow Wow Club" play contains material of an adult nature.
Potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate
for them should contact the UI Department of Theatre Arts, (319) 335-2700,
for additional information.
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MUSIC HISTORY LECTURE OCT. 24 -- Thomas Christensen, a professor of
music theory at the University of Iowa, will present a lecture on 19th-century
music for piano, four-hands, at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in Room 1027
of the Voxman Music Building on the UI campus.
Christensen's talk, "Trading Places: Four-hand Piano Transcriptions
and Victorian Music Culture," will be free and open to the public.
It replaces a previously announced lecture by Swiss musicologist Marcello
Sorce Keller, who had to cancel a planned trip to the United States.
In the era before the invention of the phonograph, arrangements of operas
and orchestral works for two players at one piano -- known as "piano
four-hands" -- were a common form of home entertainment, and also
served to make works widely known that were not otherwise available to
many people. Christensen has collected 19th-century editions of such arrangements,
and has presented some of them in performance.
Christensen is the author of an award-winning book on the French composer
and music theorist Jean-Philippe Rameau, a recent book on "Aesthetics
and the Art of Musical Composition in the German Enlightenment," and
more than 20 articles on music theory, history and aesthetics. He has received
a UI faculty scholar award to support his work as chief editor of the Cambridge
History of Music Theory.
Christensen's talk will be presented by the Musicology Colloquium and
Theory Seminar of the UI School of Music.