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Release:Sept. 6, 2002

UI School Of Art And Art History Presents Lectures Sept. 17-18

The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will present lectures Sept. 17 and 18 by two visitors from Germany who specialize in the study of 18th and 19th-century French history, art and culture:

-- Hubertus Kohle will speak on "Rigaud's Gaspard De Gueidan and the Quest For Aristocracy: Art and Politics in Provincial France," at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept, 17, in Room E109 of the Art Building; and

-- Gudrun Gersmann will speak on "The Magic Of Wax Figures: The Musee Grevin and 19th-Century Parisian Culture" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, also in Room E109 of the Art Building.

Both lectures will be free and open to the public, and each will be followed by a reception for the speaker.

Kohle did his graduate studies in Bonn, Florence and Paris in Romance languages, philosophy, history and art history. He received his doctorate in art history from the University of Bochum, where he wrote on Diderot's art theory and Menzel's paintings. He has taught at universities in Bochum, Cologne and Munich, where he has been chair of the art history department since 2000.

Kohle specializes in 18th-early 20th century French and German painting, art theory and digital art. He has published several books and many articles.

Gersmann did her graduate studies in Paris, Geneva and the University of Bochum, receiving her doctorate in history at Bochum in 1991. Her dissertation, "The Shadow of the Bastille: Underground Literature and Censorship in 18th-century Paris," was published as a book in 1993 and received the Gleim Literature Prize in 1997. She also wrote on "Witch-Hunting in North-Western Germany." She has taught at Bochum and Munich, and just was appointed full professor at the University of Aachen.

Gersmann is currently studying Parisian mass culture in the late 18th and 19th centuries. She has written and edited several books and published many articles.

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