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PERSPECTIVES, FEB. 10 -- Stephen Prokopoff, director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will present a lecture and gallery tour of current exhibitions of works by artists Dale Joe and Barry Le Va at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 in the museum. This presentation, which is part of the museum's weekly Perspectives series, will be open to the public free of charge.

Joe's artworks represent a fusion of the long history of Chinese-style painting and post-World War II American abstraction. In the mid-century a wave of young American artists sought in their work to join the past with the present and calligraphic skill with the more painterly practices of abstract impressionism.

Joe, born in 1928, was among the first and most eloquent practitioners of this manner of fusion. His lyrical, subtle and usually monochromatic paintings are abstract in appearance, yet often allude in the broadest sense to the forms of nature and landscape.

Le Va's sculpture has long been noted for its remarkable exploration of adventuresome formal ideas, ranging from the scatter installation pieces created in the 1960s to the geometric combinations and permutations that are typical his more recent work.

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 Prokopoff's talk. Admission is free.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1998-99 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art through the University of Iowa Foundation.

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JESSE LEE KERCHEVAL READS AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS FEB 10 -- University of Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate Jesse Lee Kercheval will read from her new memoir, "Space," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading is open to the public.

Critic Jacquelyn Mitchard says the book is possessed of "A candor at once tender and terrifying."

Booklist says Kercheval "has sifted the sands of her past with great patience and expertise, finding the bits of gold that make this coming-of-age memoir glow as brightly as a rocket blazing across the Florida sky."

Kercheval is the author of two volumes of fiction, "The Museum of Happiness" and "The Dogeater."

The reading will be broadcast live on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on WSUI AM 910 and WOI AM 640.

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DOUGLAS MIDGETT READS AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS FEB. 11 -- Douglas Midgett will read from his father's memoir "Traces of a Landscape," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading is open to the public.

Midgett, an anthropology professor at the University of Iowa, edited "Traces of the Landscape," an account of rural Montana in the early 1900s that focuses on both family and community struggles for prosperity.

The reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on WSUI AM 910 and WOI AM 640.

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UI GRADUATE DANCE CONCERT FEB. 12-13 -- The University of Iowa dance department Graduate Concert will feature a combination of new choreography by graduate students and a faculty member at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 -13 in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

The concert will feature original choreography by faculty member Charlotte Adams. Graduate students Simone Ferro, Shouze Ma, Sara Semonis, Arleen Sugano and Matthew Keefe have choreographed pieces for the concert and selected their own corps of graduate and undergraduate dancers.

Admission to the Space/Place Concert will be $5 ($4 for UI students, senior citizens and children) at the door.