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Release: April 5, 2002


AMERICAN CRAFT LECTURE AT UI MUSEUM OF ART APRIL 18 -- David Revere McFadden, chief curator at the American Craft Museum in New York, will lecture on “Defining Craft: Synergy in the Visual Arts Today” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Admission to the museum and the lecture will be free.

This will be the first Richard S. Levitt Lecture in American Craft, which Madelyn Levitt of Des Moines endowed at the UI Museum of Art in honor of her brother.

McFadden is chief curator and vice president for programs and collections at the American Craft Museum in New York City and president of the International Council of Museums’ Decorative Arts and Design Committee. He served previously as executive director of the Millicent Rogers Museum of Northern New Mexico in Taos and curator of decorative arts at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

McFadden has organized more than 100 exhibitions on decorative arts, design and craft, covering developments from the ancient world to the present day. He has published more than 90 books, articles, catalogues and reviews worldwide, and has delivered more than 200 lectures and papers to national and international audiences. Among many important posts he has served on the Arts Advisory Board of the American Federation of Arts and the Exhibition Committee of the American-Scandinavian Foundation, and he is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Smithsonian Institution’s Material Culture Forum

For his work in cultural affairs, McFadden has been named Knight, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland (1984); Knight Commander of the Order of the Polar Star of Sweden by King Gustaf VI (1988); and Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France (1989). In addition,, McFadden has received the Presidential Design Award for Excellence three times.

The UI Museum of Art is located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City. Museum hours are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday noon-5 p.m. and Thursday and Friday noon-10 p.m. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in the UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.

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MUSIC OF MEXICO AND BRAZIL IN ‘BREATH OF ART’ SERIES APRIL 19 -- Tadeu Coelho and Shari Rhoads will present music of Mexico and Brazil at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, in the University of Iowa Museum of Art, as part of the weekly “Breath of Art” series.

Admission is free to the museum and to all “Breath of Art” performances.

Coelho joined the UI music faculty in 1997. An international touring artist sponsored by the Miyazawa Flute Company, he has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and the Americas. His performances have consistently earned high critical praise. Following a series of concerts in Brazil, one critic commented that he “played with musicality and beautiful sound. His virtuosity and clear performance are remarkable.” Another critic wrote that “there is no doubt about his virtuoso abilities, topped with a degree of musicianship that was magnificent and complete.”

Coelho performs a wide range of repertoire, with special interest in the music of Latin America. Many composers have written works for him, including UI faculty members Michael Eckert and Lawrence Fritts. His CD recording of the music of Brazilian composers was released on Tempo Primo in 1995, and he also recorded works by Thomas Delio on 3D Classics. His CD of 20th-century Mexican flute music was released in the spring of 1999.

Rhoads joined the UI School of Music faculty in the fall of 2000. Before arriving at the UI she taught music history at the Musikhochschule (Music conservatory) in Lucerne and the Conservatory of Lausanne in Switzerland. Rhoads has also been Kapellmeister at the Lucerne Theater and conductor/coach at the opera theater in Darmstadt, Germany. She was coach at the Barcelona and Madrid opera theaters.

The “Breath of Art” series is coordinated by the UI Arts Share program. Events on the series will include musical and dance performances, short plays and literary readings.

The UI Arts Share program provides artistic resources from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools and community organizations. Arts Share is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more information, call director Diane Kenney Handler at (319) 335-1618 or send an e-mail to <>.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for public events at the UI Museum of Art during the 2001-02 season, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

The UI Museum of Art is located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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