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Release: April 2, 1999

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

DANCE THESIS CONCERT APRIL 9-10 -- The University of Iowa dance department will present "Thesis Your Life," a thesis concert by Master of Fine Arts candidates Matthew Keefe, Amelia McCarthy and Arleen Sugano, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 9 and 10, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

The performance will range in style from jazz dancing to classical ballet, featuring the dancing of Keefe and McCarthy, and Sugano's choreography.

Admission will be $5 ($4 for UI students and seniors). Admission will be free for children under the age of 12. Tickets will be available at the door one-half hour before the performance.

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MUSIC OF CHARLES DODGE APRIL 11 -- The University of Iowa Center for New Music will present a concert of music by UI alumnus Charles Dodge at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 11 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert is part of a campus visit by Dodge in connection with the Liberal Arts Alumni Fellows week. Dodge was selected as one of six Liberal Arts Alumni Fellows who will receive awards under a new program begun this year by the UI College of Liberal Arts. Dodge graduated from the UI in 1964, earning a bachelor's degree with high distinction and honors in music.

The College of Liberal Arts will honor the Alumni Fellows at a reception at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on the UI campus. Dean Linda Maxson will introduce each fellow and present a plaque commemorating the honor to each.

Works on the program for the April 11 concert will be:

--"Clarinet Elegy," a work written in 1988 and dedicated to the memory of Verna Hervig, wife of Richard Hervig, who was Dodge's composition teacher at the UI;

--"Any Resemblance is Purely Coincidental" for piano and computer synthesized tape derived from a 1907 recording by the famous tenor Enrico Caruso;

-- "Speech Songs" of 1972, one of the first important compositions for computer-synthesized voice, based on four poems by another UI alumnus, former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand;

--"Fades, Dissolves, Fizzles" for tape alone; and

--"The Waves,' a 1984 composition for soprano and computer-synthesized tape, on a text by Virginia Woolf.

Dodge was one of the first composers to explore the potential of the computer for broadening the composer's palette. He has shown a particular interest in the relationship between the human voice and its computer counterpart. His works have incorporated the sounds of live, recorded and synthesized voices, combined with computer synthesized sound. He has also composed a series of works combining acoustic instruments with computer sounds on tape.

Dodge has received an achievement award from the American Academy/Institute of Art and Letters, several composer fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship and the two Guggenheim fellowships. In 1996 he received an award from the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States for lifetime contributions to the field. His works have been recorded on CD by the MIT Experimental Music Studio, Perspectives of New Music, and on the Centaur, Neuma, Crystal, New World and New Albion labels.

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BERTI LECTURE, APRIL 12 -- Chris Berti, a visiting artist in the sculpture area of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a free lecture on his work at 8 p.m. Monday, April 12 in Room E 109 in the University of Iowa's Art Building.

Born in Huntington, N.Y. in 1958, Berti was introduced to art by his mother, painter Mary Vitelli-Berti. One of nine children in an Italian-American family, Berti supported himself throughout high school and college by working as a clam fisherman on Long Island.

He attended Alfred University in 1981 and went on to complete graduate work at Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he studied with Jun Kaneko and Michael Hall.

Berti works in a variety of media, including limestone, marble, granite, sandstone, woods, and even ordinary red bricks. His work appears regularly in group and solo shows throughout the United States and is included in many private and public collections.

He teaches sculpture, three-dimensional design and ceramics at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill., and is the recipient of numerous awards, including Illinois Arts Council Arts Fellowships in 1991 and 1999.

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DE CASO LECTURE, APRIL 13 -- Jacques de Caso, professor of art history at the University of California, Berkeley, will give a lecture on "Romanticism and Its Discontents: The Case of Theophile Bra," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

This lecture, which is free and open to the public, compliments the museum's current exhibition "The Drawing Speaks: Works by Theophile Bra," which will be on view in the Carver gallery through May 30. It is sponsored by the School of Art and Art History, the department of French and Italian and the Museum of Art. A reception for de Caso will follow the lecture.

De Caso discovered Bra's pen and ink drawings in 1975 while doing research in the Municipal Library of Douai, France, were the drawings had been packed away in boxes in the library's storage area for more than a century, unknown of to all but a few people. De Caso's lecture will examine these drawings in light of their cultural and artistic context.

Bra, a sculptor most renowned for his civic and religious monuments, turned to drawing as a way to explore the significance of mystical experiences and personal tragedies he underwent after having a severe psychological collapse in 1826. Many of Bra's images are merged with sacred texts and notes concerning his philosophical and mystical beliefs and are closer in spirit to the work of modern artists like Jackson Pollock and Max Ernst, than that of his contemporaries.

De Caso said, "These drawings are unprecedented in the 19th century. 'Abstract' compositions unrelated to his sculpted oeuvre, they designate Bra as one of the most original minds of the Romantic era."

Internationally celebrated for his work on 19th-century French artists, de Caso has published extensively on the work of David d'Angers, Pradier and Rodin. De Caso is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Fulbright fellowship and a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation. His most recent book, "David d'Angers: Sculptural Communication in the Age of Romanticism," is currently available from Princeton University Press.

The exhibition of Bra's works was organized by the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas.

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COOLEY READS APRIL 13 -- Novelist Martha Cooley will read from her first book, "The Archivist," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

Megan Harlan of Entertainment Weekly calls the book, "Engrossing . . . Rarely has a novel centering on the life of the mind felt so passionate." "A literary detective story . . . beautifully paced and gripping . . . an impressive debut," was the observation of the Observer (London).

And Miranda Schwartz, writing in Hungry Mind Review, says, "'The Archivist' is many things: a speculative academic mystery; a meditation on obsession; a study of madness; a soliloquy to solitude. Cooley weaves all these genres together with nary a dropped stitch."

The reading will be broadcast live on radio stations WSUI Am 910 and WOI AM 640 as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series. The series is hosted by Julie Englander of UI radio stations WSUI/KSUI.

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SCOTT, MUHANJI AND HIGH READ APRIL 15 -- Writers Kesho Scott, Cherry Muhanji and Egyirba High will read from the University of Iowa Press re-issue of their American Book Award- winning collection, "Tight Spaces," at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 15 at the Prairie Lights bookstore,
15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

In her introduction to the book, Papusa Molina describes the collection as, "Stories . . . in an eternal spiral . . . Threads of known characters and motives weave in and out. Even if the authors' names are attached to individual stories, in reality, the stories were created collectively. They represent a multiplicity of voices . . . that take us from the particulars of black women's lives to the universals of the human condition. Mother/daughter relationships, father images, sibling rivalry, woman love, revolutions, God, transformations . . ."

The reading will be broadcast live on radio stations WSUI Am 910 and WOI AM 640 as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series. The series is hosted by Julie Englander of UI radio stations WSUI/KSUI.