WRITER: BRADLEY PAUL
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
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William Gass will deliver Spriestersbach lecture at UI Museum of Art
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- William H. Gass, director of the International Writers'
Center at Washington University in St. Louis, will deliver the annual Bette
Spriestersbach Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in the University
of Iowa Museum of Art.
The lecture, "La Maison d'en Face or That Other Art," is free and
open to the public.
Using work by Elizabeth Bishop, William Faulkner, Djuna Barnes and others,
Gass will address the aesthetic issues behind visual works of art created
by writers. He will particularly focus on the philosophical implications of
metaphor and the way that an artist's training in one medium influences his
work in another medium.
Gass was born in Fargo, N.D., in 1924 and was educated at Kenyon College
and Cornell University. He was a professor of philosophy at Purdue University
and the University of Illinois before joining the faculty of Washington University,
where he is currently the David May Distinguished University Professor in
Gass' novels and essays include "The Habitations of the Word: Essays,"
winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism in 1985, and
"The Tunnel," which won the American Book Award of the Before Columbus
Foundation. An article on Tom Phillips' "A Humument" recently appeared
in "Artforum" as part of an ongoing series in which writers are
asked to discuss a work of art that has special significance for them.
The annual Spriestersbach Lecture at the Museum of Art honors Bette R. Spriestersbach,
a museum docent and a former program associate in the Child Health Specialty
Clinics in the UI Hospital School. She is the wife of former UI vice president
Duane C. Spreistersbach, who endowed the lecture in 1992 through a gift to
the University of Iowa Foundation.
The UI Museum of Art is located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City. Public
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.