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(NOTE TO EDITORS: The artist described in this news release, Beauvais
Lyons, works in the field of archeological fiction, creating supposed artifacts
from imaginary cultures. As an extension of his artistic work, he impersonates
an archeologist, Heinrich Dreckmueller. In the spirit of Peter Schickele/P.D.Q.
Bach, he prefers to have appearances in his guise as Dreckmueller listed
as real events. However, if you prefer to have this aspect of his work
made explicit in your coverage of his visit, we suggest that you begin
the second paragraph as follows:
Lyons, who creates archaeological fiction as an extension of his artistic
work, will present a performance as his alter ego, "noted archaeologist
Heinrich Dreckmueller," during his visit to the UI campus.
Continue the second paragraph as written, "Dreckmueller, who discovered
. . .")
NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Beauvais Lyons is pronounced boe-VAY lions
Artist Beauvais Lyons will be a visiting artist in printmaking at
UI April 13-18
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Artist Beauvais Lyons, the Ellen McClung Berry Professor
of Art and director of the Hokes Archive at the University of Tennessee--Knoxville,
will be a visiting artist in printmaking at the University of Iowa School
of Art and Art History April 13-18.
Lyons' visit coincides with that of Heinrich Dreckmueller, noted archaeologist
and contributor to the Hokes Archive. Dreckmueller, who discovered many
artifacts from the Arenot people represented in the Hokes Archive, will
present a public slide lecture, "The Art and Scholarship of Everitt
Ormsby Hokes" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13 in Room E109 of the Art
Building on the UI campus.
His lecture will familiarize the audience with the holdings and mission
of the archive and trace its history from its founding to the present.
Dreckmueller will bring a selection of materials from the archive to display
and discuss following the presentation.
Lyons will present a public slide lecture, "The Politics of Parody,"
at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 in Room E109 of the UI Art Building.
The focus of Lyons' visit to the printmaking area will be on his involvement
with the print medium of lithography. Assisted by printmaking Sudan's,
the artist will develop and print an edition of color lithographs during
morning and afternoon working sessions each day of his visit.
Lyons is an avid scholar of ancient cultures. He uses materials from
the Hokes archive as sources of inspiration for his art, and he has made
contributions to both contemporary printmaking and to current archaeological
discourse. He is a frequent panelist at national symposia and his work
is included in the collections of the National Museum of American Art and
the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; the Amon Carter Museum, Ft.
Worth, Texas; and the Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts, Los Angeles, among
other museums around the country.