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Release: Aug. 27, 1999

UI Museum of Art will celebrate opening of new exhibitions Sept. 12

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will celebrate the opening of its fall exhibition schedule with a reception from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12 in the Museum.

As part of the afternoon's activities artist Buzz Spector will give a gallery tour of the exhibition "Art is Life/Life is Art: The Graphic Work of Diether Roth" at 1 p.m.; and the University of Iowa Center for New Music will present a concert under director David Gompper at 2 p.m.

"Art is Life," a selection of Roth's artists' books, prints and drawings, will be at the museum through Nov. 7. Other exhibitions opening on Sept. 12 will be "Buzz Spector: Authors and Thinkers" (through Nov. 7); "Paul Conrad: Drawing the Line," an exhibition of political cartoons by the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner (through Oct. 31); "Different Stokes: International Woodfire Ceramics" (through Dec. 31); and "Honore Daumier: Chronicler of His Time" (through Oct. 31).

Spector is professor and chair of the painting program at the School of Art and Design of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A widely-shown artist and writer whose work makes frequent use of the book, he is the author of "The Book Maker's Desire." In addition to his contribution to the Diether Roth exhibition catalogue, he will be a visiting artist in the printmaking area of the UI School of Art and Art History.

Gompper has been on the faculty of the UI School of Music since 1991. He has received numerous awards for his academic and musical achievements, including the Charles E. Ives Prize for composition from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He was invited to perform several of his works and lecture on current American musical trends in composition in Thessaloniki, Greece, and he has also served as a cultural specialist for the United States Information Agency in Kwangju, South Korea.

The Center for New Music promotes the performance of new music by providing a core group of specialists in contemporary performance techniques. In November 1998, an East Coast tour by the Center included a performance at Merkin Hall in New York City. Critic Paul Griffiths opened his New York Times review of the concert by observing that "an ensemble of faculty and graduate students from the University of Iowa performed strongly Tuesday night," and he praised Gompper for "the concert's clarity and directness."

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 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 just north of the museum.

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~artmus on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr.