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Release: Oct. 1, 1999


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 on the World Wide Web.

BARBARA MOSS READS OCT. 13–Barbara 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 reading–part 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 of Art.

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 "Guernica."

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.