CONTACT: JANE HOSHI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0017; fax (319) 384-0024
"Art and Life in Africa Project" focus of Saturday Scholars
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Advanced technology is bringing the masterpieces
of African art to Iowa through "Art and Life in Africa: Recontextualizing
African Art in the Cycle of Life," a CD-ROM project that will be the
program topic for Saturday Scholars: Tailgating for the Mind at 9 a.m.,
Rm. 40 Schaeffer Hall, Saturday, Oct. 24.
Christopher Roy, professor of art history, and Linda McIntyre, associate
director, will present a program about their CD-ROM project, which contains
14,000 images of African art objects in museums, and similar objects being
used in Africa. "These images illustrate and discuss the ways art
is used in Africa in the contexts of birth, education, everyday, political
power, death, healing, religion, and cultural exchange," said Roy.
Roy will also explain how the project has been used to provide teachers
and students with accurate information about African artistic creativity
and the wealth of cultural creativity of African peoples. The project,
which has been funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education,
the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the University of Iowa,
includes 36 essays about art in its African context by international scholars,
as well as maps, ethnographies of African peoples, and country data.
The program is free and open to the public. Coffee and donuts will be
served at 8:45 a.m. with presentation following from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Registration
is encouraged but not required. Call 384-0017.
Ed Folsom, professor of English, "Photo-Sensitive: Walt Whitman
and Nineteenth Century Photography," will present this year's final
Saturday Scholars program at 9 a.m., Room 40, Schaeffer Hall Nov. 14.
Folsom will explore how Whitman, the most photographed writer of the century,
wrote a poetry that was "photographic" in its ways of seeing
and describing the world.