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Feb. 29, 2008

At A Glance

Cultural historian Maertz will speak March 3

Gregory Maertz, a visiting speaker at the University of Iowa, will present "Art in the Third Reich: Modernism, Anti-Modernism, Nazi Modernism" at 5 p.m. Monday, March 3, in Room 116 of Art Building West. Maertz's lecture is free and open to the public.

Maertz is a professor in the English Department at St. John's University in New York City. A cultural historian, critic, and independent curator, he teaches courses on romanticism, the afterlife of Nazi art and culture, modernism and fascism, art and propaganda, criticism and theory. His research on Nazi art is being published in four volumes. See

Maertz's lecture is co-sponsored by the UI Department of English and the School of Art and Art History.

M.B.A. students to make food for Iowa City Shelter House residents March 5

Students in the University of Iowa's Tippie MBA program will provide sandwiches and spaghetti for Iowa City's Shelter House next week. The students will make sandwiches during the lunch hour at noon Wednesday, March 5 in the kitchen on the fourth floor of the Pomerantz Center. The food will be delivered to Shelter House residents that afternoon. On Thursday, March 6, they will hold a spaghetti cooking party at the home of an M.B.A. student and provide the food to the shelter.

The food is being donated by local grocery stores, including Fareway and New Pioneer Co-op. Participants are members of the MBA Association and Business for a Better World student organizations. Shelter House, 331 N. Gilbert St., is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and support services to the homeless of Southeast Iowa. For more information contact Abigail Dombrock at

Lovell will present graduate symposium keynote address March 7

Margaretta Lovell, the Jay D. McEvoy Professor of the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak on "Winslow Homer, the Adirondack Mountains and the Great Camps: Scenes of Instruction, Predation and Play" at 8 p.m. Friday, March 7, in Room 240 of Art Building West on the University of Iowa campus.

Lovell's talk, which is the keynote lecture for the 23rd Annual Graduate Art History Symposium of the UI School of Art and Art History, is free and open to the public.

Lovell's distinguished career has included many publications on American art. She has held the Dittman Chair in American Studies at the College of William and Mary, and the Ednah Root Curatorial Chair for American Art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. See

Young women sought for new leadership program; deadline March 7

Young women, especially undergraduate students, are encouraged to apply to participate in a new program at the UI Women's Resource and Action Center that will help them develop leadership skills and encourage participation in politics, whether at the local, state or national levels.

The program, titled Iowa National Education for Women's Leadership Program, is an intensive, five-day residential institute, which will be held June 1-6 on the UI campus. The program is designed to help undergraduate women develop public leadership skills, learn about civic involvement, and network with women in public leadership from across the state. Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge will deliver the keynote address.

For more information or an application, contact Jessica Hook at 319-335-1488 or visit

Lecture examines Sandra Cisneros and the Iowa Writers' Workshop March 7

Mark McGurl, an associate professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles, will present a lecture "Sandra Cisneros and the Lessons of the Iowa Writers' Workshop," 7 p.m. Friday, March 7 at the Old Capitol Museum. This event is held in conjunction with the "A Community of Writers" exhibition at the Old Capitol Museum.

McGurl will detail his forthcoming book, "The Program Era: Postwar Fiction in the System of Higher Education," which rereads postwar fiction in light of the rise of the creative writing program, the writer-in-residency, and other forms of university involvement in the production of American literature. He is also the author of "The Novel Art: Elevations of American Fiction after Henry James."

All events at the Old Capitol Museum are free and open to the public. For more information contact the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548. See a bio of McGurl at

Music in the Museum will feature chamber music March 9

"Music at the Museum," a series of intimate Sunday afternoon concerts presented at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will feature a program of chamber music at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in the museum's Lasansky Gallery.

"Music at the Museum" is organized by Shari Rhoads, opera coach for the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater. Admission is free to the UIMA and the performance.

The performers for March 9 will be a graduate piano quartet from the School of Music: Sam Stapleton, violin; Peter Calhoun, viola; Laura Shaw, cello; and Sung-hee Lee, piano.

Though less familiar to audiences than either trios or quintets for strings with piano, the piano quartet has generated significant works from the late 18th century. Works on the March program will be the Quartet in G minor by W.A. Mozart, considered one of the cornerstones of the repertoire, and the Phantasy Piano Quartet by Frank Bridge.

Composers Workshop will present new music by UI students March 9

The University of Iowa Composers Workshop will present a free concert of new works by student composers at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The Composers Workshop is a collaborative project between composers and performers in the UI School of Music. The workshop is directed by David Gompper, professor of music in the theory and composition department of the School of Music and director of the Center for New Music.

Four works for a variety of media comprise the program, all completed within the past year:

--"Rigadoo" for piano trio by John Griffin.
--"Chants of the Ocean" for tuba and piano by Timothy A. Davis.
--"Borasco" for string trio by Christopher Gainey.
--"His Branches Run Over the Wall" for piano trio by David DeVasto, conducted by Gompper.

All four composers are doctoral students in music composition at the UI.

Visiting sculptor Willie Cole will speak at the UI March 10

Sculptor Willie Cole, a visiting artist in the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a lecture about his work at 7 p.m. Monday, March 10, in Room 116 of Art Building West. Cole's lecture is free and open to the pubic.

Cole lives and works in New Jersey. His work has been shown throughout the United States and France, including one-person exhibits at Alexander and Bonin, New York; Galerie Almine Rech, Paris; and the Saint Louis Art Museum. Cole's interest in the synchronicity of African and American cultures and the found-object assemblage has formed the basis of the expansive body of his work over the past 20 years.

In a New York Times review in February, Grace Glueck wrote of Cole, "his inventiveness is wonderful to behold."

Cole does not have a Web page, but to read about a recent exhibition see

Printmaking lecture will be March 11 at the UI

Susan Goldman, a visiting artist in printmaking at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a lecture titled "Matrix Alliteration: Midwest Maryland Monotype Mastery" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in Room 116 of Art Building West. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Goldman is a printmaking faculty member at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.; the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C.; and the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore. The founder and co-curator since 1993 of the interdisciplinary community arts project The Art of Work, The Work of Art, Goldman has also been president of Maryland Printmakers Inc. For more, see

Saxophone-guitar duo will perform March 13 at the UI

The saxophone and guitar duo of Joseph Murphy and Matthew Slotkin will perform as guests of the University of Iowa School of Music at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building. Their performance is free and open to the public.

Known as the Duo Montagnard, Murphy and Slotkin are both on the faculty of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Their UI performance is part of a concert tour of the Midwest.

The program for their UI concert will be: "Nicht akzepitiert" (Not accepted) and the Sonatina by George Daravelis; "Les Trois Soeurs" (The three sisters) by Charles Stolte; "Untitled" by Shane Endsley; "Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control" by John Orfe; "Cantos Desiertos" (Desert songs) by Terry Riley; and "Driveline" by David Kechley.

The Duo Montagnard was formed in 2002 and has performed more than 100 concerts in the United States, Canada, Slovenia and Greece, including appearances at summer festivals. For information on the individual performers, see and

Mel Andringa will talk about his years with Robert Wilson March 13

Mel Andringa of Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids will present "Travels with Bob," a discussion of his time working with avant-garde artist Robert Wilson, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

Andringa's talk is presented in conjunction with "VOOM PORTRAITS Robert Wilson" (, an exhibition of high-definition video portraits currently on display at the UIMA. It is free and open to the public.

A graduate and former faculty member of the UI School of Art and Art History, Andringa first worked with Wilson as a student at the UI, and later worked as Wilson's assistant in New York. He joined with UI American studies alumnus F. John Herbert in the early 1980s to found the performance art company the Drawing Legion. For 10 years Andringa and the Drawing Legion were based in Iowa City while touring in the United States and Europe.

Under the auspices of Legion Arts, now located at CSPS in Cedar Rapids, they continue to generate original, award-winning performances.


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