CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
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Iowa City IA 52242
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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
ART OF THE MONTH APRIL 18 -- The third session of Art of the Month,
a mini-course for the spring semester presented by the University of Iowa
Museum of Art, will be 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 18, in the museum.
Participation in the course is open to the public free of charge, and
new members are welcome at each session.
Saturday's session, "And the Past Came Tumbling Down," will
focus on "Le Antichita Romane," a series of prints depicting
the ruins of Rome by Italian artist Giovanni Batista Piranesi. The discussion
will be led by Missy Gaido Allen, a doctoral student in the UI School of
Art and Art History.
The mini-course, "Love, Death and Despair: An Exploration of 19th-Century
Romantic Prints from the Permanent Collection," makes use of the museum's
extensive print collection to explore various aspects of 19th-century prints,
including the intended audience of the works and the unusual use of violence
and death in religious and romantic works.
The course is jointly conducted by Allen and Jessica Locheed, also a
doctoral student in the UI School of Art and Art History. The final Art
of the Month session May 9 will focus on the romantic fascination with
states of unconsciousness.
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City,
is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 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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ORGAN AND 'LAUTENWERK' RECITALS APRIL 19 -- Historical keyboard artist
Kim Heindel will perform music of the late Renaissance and Baroque on the
organ and "Lautenwerk" -- a hybrid keyboard instrument of the
period -- at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, April 19 in the Krapf Organ Studio
of the Voxman Music Building on the University of Iowa campus.
Heindel's recital, which is jointly sponsored by the UI School of Music
and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society, will be free and open to the
An instrument that flourished briefly in the Renaissance and Baroque
periods, the lautenwerk (lute-harpsichord, or literally, "lute work")
is played with a keyboard like the harpsichord but strung with gut strings
to give it the sound of the lute. J.S. Bach is known to have taken an interest
in the lautenwerk, and the instrument-maker Zacharius Hildebrandt made
a lautenwerk according to Bach's specification.
There were two such instruments in Bach's estate at the time of his
death, and scholars have thought that some of his works that do not seem
to fit either the lute or the harpsichord comfortably were actually written
with the lautenwerk in mind.
For the April 22 recital, Heindel will play five works on lautenwerk,
including Bach's Prelude and Fugue in A major from the Well Tempered Clavier,
BWV 888. Other works will be by the English composer Thomas Morley and
After a brief intermission, Heindel will perform on the organ, playing
Bach's Sonata in D minor, BWV 527, "Fantasia a gusto italiano"
(Fantasy in the Italian style) by Johann Ludwig Krebs; and Bach's well
known Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565.
A native of central Pennsylvania, Heindel has served as university organist
at Lehigh University and has taught harpsichord and performance practice
at Moravian College. His research into Bach's interest in the lautenwerk
led him in 1988 to commission the first instrument of its kind to be built
in North America. He has lectured about and performed on the lautenwerk
in the United States and Germany and was featured on National Public Radio's
Heindel's first CD recording of Baroque music on the lautenwerk in 1989
was named to Gramophone magazine's "Critics' Choice" list. A
recent New Yorker review says that the works of J.S. Bach on his second
CD "suddenly make sense in a way they never have on harpsichord or
lute," and the American Record Guide stated the Heindel's CD performances
are "instinctively and utterly right for each piece."
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JUSTIS LECTURE APRIL 20 -- Sculptor Gary Justis, a visiting artist at
the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will give a slide
lecture at 8 p.m., April 20 in Room E109 of the UI Art Building. The lecture
is open to the public free of charge.
Justis' lecture will focus on the construction and exhibition of his
own works, which include both non-functional metal sculpture and functional
metal objects. Drawing on his experiences as the son of a part-time inventor,
Justis often creates sculptures that contain moving parts, small motors
and blinking lights to challenge the audience's relationship with technology.
In addition to sharing the theme of function, many of Justis' sculptures
also incorporate moving parts to create repeated cycles of movement and
Justis said, "It's a way of using time and movement as a kind of
malleable material. Movement becomes a material you can manipulate, and
time becomes a material that is plastic."
Justis attended the Art Institute of Chicago and has taught sculpture
at Northwestern University. His work has earned him two fellowships from
the National Endowment for the Arts, and his sculptures are on view in
public and private collections throughout the country.
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POETRY READING APRIL 23 -- Poet Martin Corless-Smith will read from
his most recent work at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 23 at Prairie Lights Books,
15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is sponsored by the
University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and Prairie Lights and is free and
open to the public
Corless-Smith is a graduate of the Writers' Workshop. He is a native
of England and now lives in Salt Lake City, where he teaches English and
creative writing at the University of Utah. He is the author of the collection
Populated by snakes, birds, vines, insects and mysterious lovers, "Of
Piscator" is a dreamscape of natural and man-made jungles. "We
have a collection of zoos," Corless-Smith writes. "We keep them
in an animal called memory."
Corless-Smith's poems have appeared in Colorado Review and Denver Quarterly,
and other journals.