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Jan. 25, 2011

At A Glance

UI Museum of Art opens first UI art faculty show since 2007 Jan. 27 at Figge

The works of nearly two dozen University of Iowa art faculty members are featured in a new UI Museum of Art exhibit that opens this week at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. "Those Who Can: UI Art Faculty Show," curated by UIMA Director Sean O’Harrow, is the first UI faculty art show since 2007. On view Jan. 27 through March 6, the exhibit features works and installations including painting, sculpture, inter-media, mixed media, metal arts, photography, 3-dimentional design and graphic design.

An accompanying reception will take place Jan. 30 from 3 to 5p.m. at the Figge Art Museum.

The show features art from professors Isabel Barbuzza, Chunghi Choo, Ron Cohen, Monica Correia, Bradley Dicharry, John Dilg, David Dunlap, Laurel Farrin, John Freyer, Bob Glasgow, Ab Gratama, Sue Hettmansperger, Anita Jung, Sarah Kanouse, Virginia Myers, Mat Rude, Jim Snitzer, Margaret Stratton, Susan White, Jon Winet, Laura Young, and Kee-ho Yuen.

The Figge is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sundays 12-5 p.m. UI students, faculty and staff are admitted free to the Figge with their UI ID cards; UIMA donors get in free with their Donor Courtesy Cards.


UIMA offers UI students free bus trip to Figge Museum in Davenport Jan. 30

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) is sponsoring a free student bus trip to the Figge Art Museum in Davenport on Sunday, Jan. 30. The bus will leave the UI Studio Arts Building at 12:30 p.m. and will return at 6 p.m. Cambus routes from downtown and parking are available at the Studio Arts Building.

The trip includes a talk by Joni Kinsey, UI professor of art history, offered in conjunction with the Figge’s exhibition "Tracks: The Railroad in Photographs from the George Eastman House Collection."
Students may also attend a reception, from 3-5 p.m., for a UIMA exhibition featuring works by UI studio art faculty members. Also on view: works from the UIMA’s permanent collection, including Jackson Pollock's "Mural" and items from the UIMA’s Stanley Collection of African art.
UI students may sign up for the trip at the UIMA offices in the Studio Arts building, 1375 Highway One West, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays before Jan. 27. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. UI faculty and staff members can also attend for free but must find their own transportation.

The bus trip is sponsored by UIMA patron Yvonne McCabe.


'Film After Noir' is theme of new UI film series

"Film After Noir," a University of Iowa film series for the spring semester, will include screenings of films not generally associated with the classic 1941-1958 noir cycle.

The series will focus on films produced between 1950 and 2000 that display or revise elements of classic noir. The screenings are free and open to the public and will be held Thursdays at 7 p.m. in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building through May 5.

“Double Indemnity” is the feature film at the next screening Jan. 27. “Panic in the Streets” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” will be shown Feb. 3. These films serve as a basis to prepare audiences for films to be screened during the remainder of the semester.

Steven Ungar, UI professor of French and Comparative Literature in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), will lead post-screening discussions.

This series is sponsored by UI International Programs, the Institute for Cinema and Culture and the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the CLAS.

For more information, contact Ungar at or 319-335-0330. View a schedule of all upcoming films at


Free physics and astronomy demonstration show to be held Feb. 8

The annual University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy Demonstration Show will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall, Dubuque and Jefferson streets, on the UI campus in Iowa City.

Free and open to the public, the show is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Society of Physics Students, and the Cafe Scientifique of Iowa City.

Music and acoustical effects will highlight the show. Demonstrations will include a flame tube, breaking glass with sound, music with laser instruments, audience traveling waves and an audience palm pipe song.

The demonstration show will be hosted by Professors Greg Howes, Cornelia Lang, Fred Skiff and Vincent Rodgers, as well as UI staff member Dale E. Stille, with assistance from several student volunteers.

Free refreshments will be served in the main lobby following the event.


Meghan Daum, a guest of the UI Nonfiction Writing Program, reads Feb. 9

Meghan Daum, a guest of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, will read from "Life Would Be Perfect if I Lived in That House" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, in Prairie Lights Books. The free event will be streamed live and archived at

The book details Daum's lifelong obsession with real estate and her quest for a place to call home -- scouring Craigslist, visiting open houses, and fantasizing about finding the right place for the right price.

Daum is the author of the essay collection "My Misspent Youth" and the novel "The Quality of Life Report," a New York Times Notable Book.

Her column on political, cultural and social affairs appears weekly in the Los Angeles Times and is distributed nationally through the McClatchy news service. She has contributed to public radio’s "Morning Edition," "Marketplace" and "This American Life," and she has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, GQ, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and the New York Times Book Review.


UI events feature guest composer/organist Filidei

Italian organist/composer Francesco Filidei, a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music, will be spotlighted in free events Feb. 11 and 13.

He will present an organ recital featuring improvisations and works by Bach, Berio and Baba at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, in St. Mary's Church, and the Center for New Music (CNM) Ensemble, directed by David Gompper, will feature his music in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, in the Riverside Recital Hall. The CNM event will also feature music by Irina Dubkova, Christopher Gainey and Paul Lansky.

Filidei studied at the Conservatory in Florence and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. He was a teaching assistant at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Pisa, and an organist at the Pisa Cathedral. He recently served as an assistant organist of Jean Guillou in St Eustache, Paris, and has given organ master classes in Spain and Italy.

He has been composer-in-residence at the Academy Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and member-in-residence of the Casa de Velazquez in Madrid, and last year he became a professor of composition for Voix Nouvelles in France.

A CNM full concert program is online at


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