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ART OF THE MONTH APRIL 18 -- The third session of Art of the Month, a mini-course for the spring semester presented by the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will be 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 18, in the museum.

Participation in the course is open to the public free of charge, and new members are welcome at each session.

Saturday's session, "And the Past Came Tumbling Down," will focus on "Le Antichita Romane," a series of prints depicting the ruins of Rome by Italian artist Giovanni Batista Piranesi. The discussion will be led by Missy Gaido Allen, a doctoral student in the UI School of Art and Art History.

The mini-course, "Love, Death and Despair: An Exploration of 19th-Century Romantic Prints from the Permanent Collection," makes use of the museum's extensive print collection to explore various aspects of 19th-century prints, including the intended audience of the works and the unusual use of violence and death in religious and romantic works.

The course is jointly conducted by Allen and Jessica Locheed, also a doctoral student in the UI School of Art and Art History. The final Art of the Month session May 9 will focus on the romantic fascination with states of unconsciousness.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 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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ORGAN AND 'LAUTENWERK' RECITALS APRIL 19 -- Historical keyboard artist Kim Heindel will perform music of the late Renaissance and Baroque on the organ and "Lautenwerk" -- a hybrid keyboard instrument of the period -- at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, April 19 in the Krapf Organ Studio of the Voxman Music Building on the University of Iowa campus.

Heindel's recital, which is jointly sponsored by the UI School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society, will be free and open to the public.

An instrument that flourished briefly in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the lautenwerk (lute-harpsichord, or literally, "lute work") is played with a keyboard like the harpsichord but strung with gut strings to give it the sound of the lute. J.S. Bach is known to have taken an interest in the lautenwerk, and the instrument-maker Zacharius Hildebrandt made a lautenwerk according to Bach's specification.

There were two such instruments in Bach's estate at the time of his death, and scholars have thought that some of his works that do not seem to fit either the lute or the harpsichord comfortably were actually written with the lautenwerk in mind.

For the April 22 recital, Heindel will play five works on lautenwerk, including Bach's Prelude and Fugue in A major from the Well Tempered Clavier, BWV 888. Other works will be by the English composer Thomas Morley and Domenico Scarlatti.

After a brief intermission, Heindel will perform on the organ, playing Bach's Sonata in D minor, BWV 527, "Fantasia a gusto italiano" (Fantasy in the Italian style) by Johann Ludwig Krebs; and Bach's well known Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565.

A native of central Pennsylvania, Heindel has served as university organist at Lehigh University and has taught harpsichord and performance practice at Moravian College. His research into Bach's interest in the lautenwerk led him in 1988 to commission the first instrument of its kind to be built in North America. He has lectured about and performed on the lautenwerk in the United States and Germany and was featured on National Public Radio's "Performance Today."

Heindel's first CD recording of Baroque music on the lautenwerk in 1989 was named to Gramophone magazine's "Critics' Choice" list. A recent New Yorker review says that the works of J.S. Bach on his second CD "suddenly make sense in a way they never have on harpsichord or lute," and the American Record Guide stated the Heindel's CD performances are "instinctively and utterly right for each piece."

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JUSTIS LECTURE APRIL 20 -- Sculptor Gary Justis, a visiting artist at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will give a slide lecture at 8 p.m., April 20 in Room E109 of the UI Art Building. The lecture is open to the public free of charge.

Justis' lecture will focus on the construction and exhibition of his own works, which include both non-functional metal sculpture and functional metal objects. Drawing on his experiences as the son of a part-time inventor, Justis often creates sculptures that contain moving parts, small motors and blinking lights to challenge the audience's relationship with technology.

In addition to sharing the theme of function, many of Justis' sculptures also incorporate moving parts to create repeated cycles of movement and sound.

Justis said, "It's a way of using time and movement as a kind of malleable material. Movement becomes a material you can manipulate, and time becomes a material that is plastic."

Justis attended the Art Institute of Chicago and has taught sculpture at Northwestern University. His work has earned him two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his sculptures are on view in public and private collections throughout the country.

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POETRY READING APRIL 23 -- Poet Martin Corless-Smith will read from his most recent work at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 23 at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is sponsored by the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and Prairie Lights and is free and open to the public

Corless-Smith is a graduate of the Writers' Workshop. He is a native of England and now lives in Salt Lake City, where he teaches English and creative writing at the University of Utah. He is the author of the collection "Of Piscator."

Populated by snakes, birds, vines, insects and mysterious lovers, "Of Piscator" is a dreamscape of natural and man-made jungles. "We have a collection of zoos," Corless-Smith writes. "We keep them in an animal called memory."

Corless-Smith's poems have appeared in Colorado Review and Denver Quarterly, and other journals.