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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

JAPANESE MUSIC AND FILMS AT MUSEUM OF ART FEB. 2 -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will host "Sunday Afternoon in the Museum," featuring a guided tour of current exhibitions, Japanese music performed by the Augustana Koto ensemble and a viewing of contemporary Japanese animated films, starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, in the museum. The events are free and open to the public.

Docent-lead tours of the museum will begin at 1 p.m. Current exhibitions include "The Woodblock Prints of Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi: Samurai Stories," as well as exhibitions of works by Philip Guston and Alan Sonfist.

At 2 p.m. the Augustana Koto Ensemble from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., will perform classical Japanese music as part of the Music in the Museum series. The koto, a six-foot long wooden instrument with 13 strings, has been played in Japan for more than 1,200 years.

The Koto Ensemble has been sponsored by Augustana College for several years, and consists primarily of Augustana students. Each student has taken individual koto lessons before auditioning for the ensemble. The Iowa City performance marks the beginning of the group's spring tour, which will take them as far south as New Orleans.

At 3 p.m. the museum will show "Ninja Scroll," a martial arts action film directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, and "Ghost in the Shell," a science fiction film directed by Masamune Shirow. The films, which combine traditional cel animation with computer graphics, are in Japanese with English subtitles. The videos, though not rated, contain adult themes and are intended for mature audiences.

M.C. Ginsberg Jewelers of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1996-97 Music in the Museum series at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Sunday . Admission is free. 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.

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YORUBA WOODCARVER AT MUSEUM FEB. 5 -- Yoruba artist Lamidi Olonade Fakeye from Nigeria will discuss his work and present a wood carving demonstration as part of the weekly Perspectives series at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 5 at the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

The presentation is one of several to be conducted by Lamidi, who will be in residence at the UI School of Art and Art History Feb. 3-6.

Lamidi will present another informal wood carving and discussion 7-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Arts Iowa City.

He will give a public lecture at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Room E109 of the UI Art Building. Appearing with him will be his biographer, Bruce Haight from Western Michigan University.

The presentations are free and open to the public.

Lamidi, whose middle name means "the carver has come," is a Senior Art Fellow at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He has lectured and demonstrated widely in the United States since his first visit in 1963, and his work is on permanent display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the John F. Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts and Northwestern University.

M.C. Ginsberg Jewelers of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1996-97 Perspectives Series at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

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 Lamidi's talk. Admission to the museum is free.

1/24/97