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Release: Oct. 1, 1999
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR
TALK ON POLITICAL CARTOONS OCT. 13 -- Lucy Caswell, curator
of the Cartoon Research Library at Ohio State University, will speak on "Reading
Newspaper Cartoons" at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 in the University of
Iowa Museum of Art.
The lecture, presented in conjunction with an exhibition
of editorial cartoons by Paul Conrad, is part of the weekly Perspectives series
held every Wednesday at the museum. Admission to both the museum and the lecture
series is free and open to the public.
Conrad, a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning political
cartoonist from Cedar Rapids, graduated from UI in 1950 with a bachelor's
degree in art before joining the Los Angeles Times and serving as its chief
editorial cartoonist from 1964 to 1993. He points out that an editorial cartoonist
is "a combination of editorialist, analyst and satirist."
Conrad's cartoon renderings of Nixon landed him on
the president's "Enemies List" in 1973, an event Conrad considers his favorite
distinction. His work has also been included in "American Treasures of the
Library of Congress," an unprecedented permanent exhibition of the rarest
and most significant items from the Library's American history collection.
Caswell, whose past publications and presentations
have focused on the history of political cartoons, is a professor at the Ohio
State University School of Journalism and Communication. She has acted as
the judge for several cartooning competitions and been consulted on three
PBS productions, including "The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords."
Caswell will also be a featured speaker at the symposium
"Drawing the Line: Political Cartooning Under Pressure," sponsored by the
UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication and held Oct. 14-16 as part
of the school's 75th anniversary celebration. For information on the conference,
contact the UI Center for Conferences and Institutes at (319) 335-4141.
The UI Museum of Art, located at North Riverside Drive
in Iowa City, will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day of Caswell's talk. Admission
is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from
the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.
M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the
corporate sponsor for the 1999-2000 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of
Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.
For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~artmus
on the World Wide Web.
BARBARA MOSS READS OCT. 13Barbara Moss, an Iowa
City painter and writer, will read from her new memoir about growing up in
Alabama, "Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at
the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.
The readingpart of the "Live From Prairie Lights"
series originating live on the University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910
AM -- is free and open to the public.
For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights"
readings, visit the series' web page
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ART OF THE MONTH, OCT. 16 -- Brett Van Hoesen, a doctoral
candidate in the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present
a lecture entitled "Satirical Shorts: Picasso's
'The Dream and Lie of Franco'" at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in the UI Museum
Van Hoesen's lecture is the second of three installments
in this fall's Art of the Month series, "Literary Connections: Klinger, Picasso,
and Jess." The final session will be Saturday, Nov. 13. New participants are
welcome at each Art of the Month session.
The monthly sessions are held in the Member's Lounge
of the Museum of Art. This fall the program has been sub-titled "Satisfy your
Appetite for Art." Bruegger's Bagel Bakery of Iowa City will provide a mini-brunch
of coffee, bagels and cream cheese for each session. Seating in the Member's
Lounge will be limited.
For the Oct. 16 session, Van Hoesen will examine Picasso's
1937 poem and print series
"The Dream and Lie of Franco", a caustic satire of General Francisco Franco's
rule. She will focus on the interplay of word and image in the work, and its
key role in the evolution of Picasso's artworks, including the masterpiece
Van Hoesen, will preface her lecture with a 20-minute
slide introduction to the Spanish Civil War and the influence of surrealism
on Picasso through his fellow Catalan artists Joan Miro and Salvador Dali.
"I hope to deepen our appreciation and understanding
of Picasso's work by placing it in its larger social and historical context,"
Van Hoesen says.
Formerly a UI undergraduate majoring in Art History,
Van Hoesen received her master's degree from the University of Massachusetts,
where she also taught. She spoke in the Art of the Month program last spring.