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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

UI MUSEUM OF ART OPENS FALL SEASON SEPT. 7 -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will celebrate the opening of its fall exhibition series with a reception, music and a gallery tour during the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 7.

The Museum will be open free of charge from noon to 5 p.m., with refreshments served in the members lounge throughout the afternoon.

At 1 p.m. Victoria Rovine, the museum's curator of the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, will lead a gallery tour of "Technique and Inspiration: African Fabrics."

At 2 p.m. the Music in the Museum series will present the Afro-pop band Doliho, playing in the museum's Sculpture Court.

In addition to "Technique and Inspiration," current shows on view at the museum include "Henry Moore: Drawings and Sculptures from the Collection of the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago," "Robert Wilson: Sets for Alceste and Parsifal," and "Artifacts of the Eternal Network."

"Technique and Inspiration," a collection of textiles gathered from every region of Africa, will be on display at the Museum of Art through Nov. 2. The exhibition, which is drawn primarily from the museum's permanent collection, includes many pieces that were recently acquired by the museum and have never before been exhibited.

The pieces in the exhibition illustrate a wide range of media and techniques used in the production of African textiles, including embroidery, applique and beadwork. Dyeing techniques, including tie-dyeing and the use of a variety of pigments made from plant materials, are particularly emphasized.

Doliho is a five-member band that combines traditional African rhythms with elements of western pop music, especially reggae and funk. It began as a recording project by Ro and Yawo Attivor, two brothers from Togo, Africa, in the summer of 1996. The brothers have since been joined by three local musicians who shared an interest in world music, and as Doliho the group performs in local clubs and tours in the Midwest.

The UI Museum of Art is located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.

NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Doliho is pronounced "dolly-HO". Rovine is pronounced "ROE-vine".

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UI MUSEUM OF ART BEGINS PERSPECTIVES SERIES SEPT. 10 -- Victoria Rovine, the curator of the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will lecture on the diversity of African textiles at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the museum.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Technique and Inspiration: African Fabrics," Rovine's lecture will be the first event in the museum's weekly "Perspectives" series.

Presented Wednesday afternoons throughout the academic year, the series features lectures, gallery tours, informal discussion and other events related to current exhibitions in the museum, or other topics of interest to museum patrons. The fall series will continue through Dec. 13, except for the weeks of Nov. 19 and 26.

"Technique and Inspiration," a collection of textiles gathered from every region of Africa, will be on display at the Museum of Art through Nov. 2. The exhibition, which is drawn primarily from the museum's permanent collection, includes many pieces that were recently acquired by the museum and have never before been exhibited.

The pieces in the exhibition illustrate a wide range of media and techniques used in the production of African textiles, including embroidery, applique and beadwork. Dyeing techniques, including tie-dyeing and the use of a variety of pigments made from plant materials, are particularly emphasized.

Rovine did her graduate work at Indiana University, where she received a Fulbright scholarship for research on contemporary textile art in Mali. Prior to her appointment at the UI, Rovine served as assistant curator of African art at the Brooklyn Museum and worked at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, where she developed new exhibitions.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day of Rovine's talk. Admission is free.

NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Rovine is pronounced "ROE-vine".

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INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM PANEL DISCUSSION SEPT. 10 -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a panel discussion. "Nature Poetry in an Urban World," at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Room 304 of the UI English-Philosophy Building on the UI campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Participants in the discussion will be Adriana Szymanska of Poland, Mohamed Metwalli of Egypt and Monica Velasquez of Bolivia.

"Nature Poetry in an Urban World" will explore how the concept of the bucolic is re-imagined in contemporary poetry and in the idioms of urban poetry. The discussion also will look at thematic mergings in the imagery of city and countryside.

Metwaly is a fresh and challenging voice in poetry in Egypt. Born in 1970, he has received the "Yusuf al-Khal" prize for best first poetry collection for "Once Upon a Time" and the Rimbaud Prize for young poets awarded by Ibda Magazine. He also is founder of the literary magazine Al-Jarad (Locusts). In addition to writing poetry, Metwaly works as a translator and journalist for radio and television. He is editor and translator at the teletext service of Egyptian television and editor of the Morning News Bulletin, English News Service of Radio Cairo.

Szymanska is a major Polish poet and a regular literary critic in periodicals. She has published six books of poetry, the most recent "A Roadside Stone" in 1993, which won the Booksellers Association Prize. In 1994 she won the Sep Szarzynski Award, one of Poland's most prestigious literary awards. Her work has been translated into eight languages.

Velasquez is a poet, essayist and literary critic, and is recognized as one of the fast-rising voices of Bolivia's younger literary generation. Her most recent collection of poems, "Tres nombres para un lugar" ("Three Names for a Place") received excellent reviews. Velasquez's own book reviews, which run in major Bolivian newspapers, have a wide following. Velasquez teaches at San Andres National University in La Paz, Bolivia.

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) has brought to the campus 30 prominent writers from 25 countries for three-month residencies, which end in November. The writers range in stature from those who are among the most well-known literary figures in their countries to and those with international impact, to promising young writers just emerging into prominence.

The IWP writers are participating in a variety of free public events, including weekly panel discussions and readings. The discussions address topics of interest to the writers and are held most Wednesdays through Nov. 13.

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