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Release: March 17, 2000


PERSPECTIVES, MARCH 29 -- Vicki Rovine, curator of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, will give a gallery tour of the exhibition "Renewing Tradition: The Revitalization of Bogolan in Mali and Abroad" at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 at the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

Rovine's tour is part of the weekly Perspectives series held Wednesdays at the museum. Admission is free to both the museum and the Perspectives series.

"Renewing Tradition: The Revitalization of Bogolan in Mali and Abroad," an exhibition of more than 60 African fabrics and fashions, will be on view through Sunday, May 28.

The exhibition, focusing on bogolan, or African mudcloth, and its American adaptations, will provide visitors with an opportunity to enhance their understanding of contemporary African art, its growth and its international influence. The exhibition will feature bogolan paintings, garments, and cloth adapted to the tourist art market along with photographs and labels explaining the cloth's production.

"I hope that this presentation, and the show itself, will give visitors a new picture of African lives and African art," Rovine, the exhibition's curator, enthuses. "I want people to see that traditions are always changing, and that African artists are very much aware of and a part of global markets in art and fashion."

Rovine has spent more than a year in Mali, interviewing artists, art consumers, and art merchants. Her research has continued in the United States, where bogolan designs have been widely assimilated, appearing on a range of consumer goods.

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 Rovine'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. Information is available on other UI arts events at

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CONCERT BY UI CHAMBER ORCHESTRA MARCH 31 -- The Chamber Orchestra from the University of Iowa School of Music will perform several popular light orchestral works as part of a free concert at 8 p.m. Friday, March 31 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The performance will be conducted by Beverly Everett, a doctoral student in the School of Music. The program will include three familiar orchestral favorites, all dance pieces: the Suite from Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker"; "The Blue Danube" Waltz by Johann Strauss, Jr.; and
"Hoe Down" from the ballet "Rodeo" by Aaron Copland.

Also on the program is Mozart's Symphony No. 29 in A major.

Everett is a doctoral candidate in orchestral conducting at the School of Music, where she conducts the Chamber Orchestra and the All-University String Orchestra. She is concurrently pursuing a master's degree in organ performance and pedagogy, and serves as organist at Wesley United Methodist Church in Muscatine.

Everett holds degrees in conducting and organ from Baylor University and is an alumna of the Aspen Music Festival and School.

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STUDENT PRINT SALE APRIL 1 -- Graduate printmaking students from the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will host a print sale, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 1 in the Printmaking Studio area of the UI Art Building.

An annual event, the sale features works made by students in the printmaking area. Works in a variety of print media will be offered for sale.