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Release: March 19, 1999

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

ART LECTURE MARCH 25 -- Artist Sabina Ott will lecture on her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 25 in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.

Ott, who works in Los Angeles, Calif., is a visiting artist in the painting and drawing area of the UI School of Art and Art History. Her lecture will be free and open to the public.

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MUELLER AND SU READ AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS MARCH 29 ­ Fiction writer Daniel Mueller and poet Adrienne Su will give a joint reading at 8 p.m. Monday, March 29 at Prairie Lights books in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

Mueller, a student in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his first collection of short stories "How Animals Mate."

Alice McDermott called Mueller's work "disturbing, graphic and beautifully written."

Workshop alumnus and former faculty member John Casey said, "when you start reading any one of these stories, you're lighting a fuse. The explosions are various . . . that's what gets your attention. Then there's an after-image in which you see the anguish the author feels for the souls of his characters and the artistry with which he has built these stories."

Su will read from her recent book of poems "Middle Kingdom."

Poet Mark Doty, a former workshop faculty member, called Su's first book "an auspicious, engaging debut. . . . Adrienne Su is so unusual, such a good poet, and has so much to say, that she's addictive: Once you start reading her poems you want to go on forever."

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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CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERT MARCH 30 -- The Chamber Orchestra from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 30 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

UI doctoral music student Beverly Everett will conduct the concert.

Three pieces will be on the program: the "Sclaventanz" (Slaves' dance) from the opera "Iphigenie in Aulis" by Christoph Willibald von Gluck; Benjamin Britten's Serenade for tenor, horn and strings; and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4, known as the "Italian" Symphony.

Student soloists for the Britten Serenade will be tenor Dirk Garner and horn player Patricia Mickey.

Britten's Serenade was written during the Second World War. It was composed for two great performers, tenor Peter Pears and horn virtuoso Dennis Brain, who were the soloists at the first performance of the Serenade in London on Oct. 15, 1943. The texts were taken from several different poems, all relating in some way to night or sleep -- a subject that takes on a particularly poignant or even sinister significance during wartime.

One of the most popular of Mendelssohn's orchestral compositions, the Fourth Symphony was written following the composer's return from a trip to Italy in the winter of 1832. The composer said that the symphony reflected a wide variety of impressions from the trip, including the scenes and people he encountered on his journey.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.

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BAKER READS AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS MARCH 30 -- Novelist Kevin Baker will read from his new book, "Dreamland," at 8 p.m. Monday, March 29 at Prairie Lights books in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

"'Dreamland' is an astonishment -- an irresistible epic made up of equal parts persuasive history and richly satisfying fantasy. With this remarkable novel, Kevin Baker establishes himself as a master of the form."

Baker is the author of "Sometimes You See It Coming," and served as chief historical researcher for the recently published "The American Century" by Harold Evans.

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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PERSPECTIVES, MARCH 31 ­ University of Iowa faculty member Christopher Roy, a specialist in African art, will give a gallery talk on "Kilengi: African Art from the Bareiss Family Collection," an exhibition currently on view at the UI Museum of Art, at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31 in the museum.

Roy's gallery talk, which is part of the museum's weekly perspectives series, will be open to the public free of charge.

"Kilengi: African Art from the Bareiss Family Collection," an international traveling exhibition of more than 200 objects, focuses on new, stylistically varied types of sculpture, primarily from the eastern and southern regions of Africa.

Objects on view will include masks, figurines, furniture, ceramics and weapons that exemplify the skill with which African artists imbue ordinary objects with an aesthetic and spiritual presence.

Roy, curator of the exhibition and author of the accompanying catalogue, said, "Walter Bareiss has assembled a collection that includes object types and styles from peoples that were virtually unknown to Westerners only five years ago. These objects have shown us that Africans continue to create exciting works of art in response to new challenges to success and even survival in Africa."

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1998-99 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 Roy's talk. 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.

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STROUT READS AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS APRIL 1 -- Writer Elizabeth Strout will from read recently-published first novel, " Amy and Isabelle," at 8 p.m. Monday, March 29 at Prairie Lights books in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

Alice Munro calls Strout's book, "a novel of shining integrity and humor, about the bravery and hard choices of what is called ordinary life."

Strout's writing has appeared in the New Yorker and other magazines,

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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SUSAN WHEELER READS AT TIPPIE AUDITORIUM APRIL 2 -- Poet Susan Wheeler will read from her recent book of poems "Smokes" at 8 p.m. Friday, April 2 in Tippie Auditorium of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building on the University of Iowa campus. The reading, sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass said, "'Smokes' contains elegies, poems of urban and domestic angst, laments, invectives, cakewalks, struts. It's very much of the moment but it is also a deeply literary book."

Wheeler is also the author of "Bag 'o' Diamonds," which received the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America and was short-listed for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry. She has been the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and of two fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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ART OF THE MONTH, APRIL 3--Brett Van Hoesen, a doctoral student in the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will give a talk, "Modernist Visions of the Primitive," at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 3 in the UI Museum of Art.

This presentation is the third in the museum's current four-part mini-course Art of the Month. This semester's course, "Cultural Connections in Three Dimensions from the UI Museum of Art

Permanent Collection," highlights selected works from the museum's permanent collection of sculptural objects and will consider their connections to other art forms and ideas from a variety of cultures.

The final sessions in the spring series, "A Consideration of the East/West Cultural Exchange at Mid-Century," will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 1.

Art of the Month sessions are open to the public free of charge, and new participants are welcome at the each session.

In the April 3 session, Van Hoesen will discuss how early 20th-century artists Henri Matisse, Emil Nolde and Pablo Picasso were influenced by a mythic notion of the "primitive." Convinced that the arts of Africa, Oceania and Asia embodied an emotional and spiritual authenticity, these early modernists sought to appropriate the stylistic and formal qualities of these regions in order to infuse their own work with a similar spirit.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 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.