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Release: Sept. 22, 2000


LECTURE ON GOYA OCT. 3 -- John Ciofalo, a visiting faculty member at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a lecture, "Gateway into the Dark Night of the Modern World: A New Appraisal of Goya’s ‘Caprichos,’" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 in the UI Museum of Art.

Ciofalo’s lecture will be free and open to the public. It is presented in conjunction with an exhibition of 50 prints from "Los caprichos" (The caprices, or follies), a book by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya y Lucientes, which will be on display until Dec. 3 in the Works on Paper Gallery of the museum.

Goya was one of the most innovative and important artists of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He is often placed alongside El Greco and Diego Velazquez as one of the three masters of Spanish art.

He drew and etched "Los caprichos," one of the most influential and compelling print series in art history, between 1797 and 1799. In these satirical prints, Goya used a synthesis of realism and imagination to depict both the victims and the purveyors of the immoral society that he saw around him. His cast of sinister characters includes prostitutes as witches, unprincipled professionals and lazy aristocrats as donkeys and monkeys, and clergy as warlocks.

The exhibition was organized by Kathleen A. Edwards, the museum’s curator of prints, drawings and photographs. The print series, a part of the museum’s permanent collection, was given to the museum in 1968 by Owen and Leonne Elliott of Cedar Rapids. This is the first time the prints have been shown to the public.

Ciofalo, who received a doctorate in art history from the UI, is the author of the recent book "Francisco Goya’s Self-Portraits."

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for events at the UI Museum of Art during the 2000-2001 season, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day of the lecture. 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.

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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CASTILLO READS OCT. 3 -- Chicago poet, fiction writer and essayist Ana Castillo will read from her new novel "Peel My Love Like an Onion" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 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.

A critic from the Los Angeles Times called "Peel My Love Like an Onion" "a fiery treatise on losing control in love. . . . unforgettable." Julia Alvarez wrote, "The best of Ana Castillo: sassy, satiric, and stunningly lyrical."

A Chicago Tribune critic wrote, "Reading ‘Peel My Love Like an Onion’ reminds us of our own small but glorious victories. Ana Castillo has written her best novel to date."

Ana Castillo is the author of the novels "The Mixquiahuala Letters," "Sapogonia" and "So Far From God." She also wrote the story collection "Loverboys," the critical study "Massacre of the Dreamers" and several volumes of poetry.

She has received an American Book Award, a Carl Sandburg Prize and a Southwestern Booksellers Award.

For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series’ web page at

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BLOOM READS OCT. 5 -- Stephen Bloom, a University of Iowa journalism faculty member, will read from his new book, "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 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 UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

In 1987 a group of Lubavitcher Jews, among the most orthodox of Jewish sects, opened a kosher slaughterhouse just outside tiny Postville, Ia. (pop. 1,432). When it became a worldwide success, Postville found itself both revived and riven, as the town’s initial welcome of the Jews turned to confusion, dismay, and even disgust. By 1997, the town voted on what was essentially a referendum: yes or no on whether these Jews should stay.

A laboratory of ethnic strife, Postville is at the leading edge of the new wave of immigration in the heartland. Its story raises the questions that haunt America nationwide: how to build community, how to accommodate diverse but equally powerful traditions, how small communities can compete with big money.

A writer for Publishers Weekly called "Postville" a "model of sociological reportage and personal journalism" and concluded that the book "proves an illuminating meditation on contemporary U.S. culture."

A critic for Kirkus Reviews called the book "an immediate, elegantly personal piece of reportage."

Bloom is an award-winning journalist and has been a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury News and other major newspapers.

For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series‚ web page at

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HARPSICHORD RECITAL OCT. 8 -- Jory Vinikour will perform a recital of Baroque harpsichord music at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on the University of Iowa campus. The concert, which is sponsored by the UI School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society, will be free and open to the public.

Vinikour will play works by Jan Peeterzoon Sweelinck, Johann Jacob Froberger, Johann Kaspar Kerll, Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Caspar Fischer and J.S. Bach.

Vinikour was born in Chicago in 1963. He studied piano, then traveled to Paris on grants from the Fulbright and Beebe Foundations to study early keyboard instruments. After winning first prizes at the International Harpsichord Competition of Warsaw in 1993 and the International Harpsichord Competition of the Prague Spring Festival in 1994, he has given solo performances in Europe, the United States, South America, Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

Vinikour has performed as a soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in Spain, Moscow and Dresden, the South Bohemian Chamber Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. He has presented recitals and concertos at the Prague Spring Festival, Baroque Music Week of Monaco, Janacek May Festival and the Deauville Festival; for Radio France; and at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

One of the few young harpsichordists to interest himself seriously in contemporary music, Vinikour was the winner of the 1987 Contemporary Music Prize at the Paris Harpsichord Competition. He has since been featured soloist for contemporary music concerts and has given premieres of works by Frederic Durieux, Robert Moevs, Patricia Morehead and Michael Nyman.

He performs and records regularly with prominent early-music ensembles in Europe, including Les Musiciens du Louvre, Les Arts Florissants and L’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. He has made several solo recordings and is heard in a new recording of Mozart’s "Don Giovanni" conducted by Daniel Harding for Virgin Classics. He can also be heard in the Merchant/Ivory film "Jefferson in Paris."

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