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Release: Sept. 8, 2000

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

JACKSON READS AT UI SEPT. 18 -- Poet Richard Jackson will read from his work at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18 in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building on the University of Iowa campus. The free reading is sponsored by the UI Writers’ Workshop.

Jackson is the author of five books of poems, most recently "Heartwall," this year’s winner of the Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts. He has also published "Alive All Day," and "Half Lives" will be published next year.

Stanley Plumly wrote, in response to "Heartwall," "In its range of emotion, in its rich, ruminating prosody, in its capacity to contain all that it imagines, and especially in its power to place the corruptions of the world against those of the heart, it represents a poetry of scale, in fine yet compelling excess, informed -- indeed exalted -- by intelligence, irony, and vision."

Jackson is also the author of a book of criticism, "Dismantling Time in Contemporary American Poetry," and "Acts of Mind: Interviews of Contemporary American Poets." He has edited two anthologies of Slovene poetry, "The Fire Under the Moon" and "Four Slovenian Poets." He has devoted himself to different types of work concerning the Balkan wars, including fund-raising for refugees.

Jackson has received Fulbright, National Endowment for the Arts and Witter-Bynner Fellowships. He is the winner of four Pushcart prizes and his work appeared in "Best American Poems 1997." He teaches at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, where he directs the Meacham Writers’ Conference.

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TROST READS ‘LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS’ SEPT. 19 -- Translator Richard Trost will read from "Letters of a German American Farmer," published by the University of Iowa Press, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The reading -- part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating live on the UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

"Letters of a German American Farmer" was written by Johannes Gillhoff in the early part of the 20th century. It draws upon hundreds of letters written to his father by students who emigrated to northeastern Iowa from Mecklenburg, in northeastern Germany. Using the letters, Gillhoff created the composite character Juernjakob Swehn, an archetype of the German immigrant in rural Iowa.

Trost, a Lutheran minister and folklore enthusiast, has translated the book into English.

Johannes Gillhoff (1861-1930), like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, taught school in his rural village in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. He later became a professional educator, writer and editor.

For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series’ web page at http://www.prairielights.com/livefromplights.htm.

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GALLERY TOUR OF GRETCHEN CARACAS EXHIBITION SEPT. 20 -- Artist Gretchen Caracas will present a gallery tour of her exhibition, "Gretchen Caracas: Landscape and Memory," at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept, 20 at the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

The artist will be accompanied by Wallace Tomasini, UI art professor and former director of the UI School of Art and Art History. Also present will be Pamela Trimpe, curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Art. The tour will be free and open to the public.

The retrospective exhibition of Caracas’ works will be at the UI Museum of Art through Oct. 8. It comprises 45 paintings -- borrowed from local collectors and the artist -- from the past two decades. The paintings were selected by Caracas in conjunction with Trimpe.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog, with an introductory essay on Caracas’ art by Tomasini.

A part-time resident of Iowa City, Caracas was an adjunct faculty member in the UI School of Art and Art History from 1973 through 1992. Her work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States, Spain and Italy.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for events at the UI Museum of Art during the 2000-2001 season, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.

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 the tour. 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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HOWARD READS SEPT. 21 -- Mary Howard from Ames, Iowa, will read from her first novel "Discovering the Body" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading -- part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating live on the University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

Howard’s novel is a thriller, but Marlene Chamberlain of "Booklist" calls it "less a murder mystery than a look at small-town mores and how well any of us can really know another."

A critic from the Kirkus Reviews writes, "mystery and suspense are less prominent here than the gradual revelation of character that Raymond Chandler insisted was at the heart of any good whodunit."

For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series’ web page at http://www.prairielights.com/livefromplights.htm.

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ROCK AND ROLL MUSICAL AT UI MUSEUM OF ART SEPT. 22 -- Making Hey!, a local accordion-fronted rock and roll band will stage their original musical "Diary Entry: Desire" at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

The performance is part of a series of free public events being held at the museum on Friday evenings through the fall semester.

"Diary Entry: Desire" is about a boy who lives in a small town built around a match factory. He falls in love with a girl named Desire. The performance will feature original songs by members of the group. Audience members will receive souvenirs from the performers.

The four members of Making Hey! are undergraduate students in English at the UI.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for events at the UI Museum of Art during the 2000-2001 season, 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 9 p.m. the day of the performance. 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.

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FLUXUS ARTIST AT MUSEUM OF ART SEPT. 24 -- Ken Friedman, an internationally renowned artist from Norway and Sweden, will give a gallery presentation at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24 in the Carver Gallery of the University of Iowa Museum of Art. A reception for the artist will follow the presentation.

Friedman’s presentation, given in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition "Ken Friedman: Art [net]worker Extra-Ordinaire," will be free and open to the public.

In the course of his presentation Friedman will complete "A Whispered History," one of his installation pieces in the exhibition. Like many of Friedman’s installations, "A Whispered History" will incorporate objects taken from daily life -- in this case Morton’s salt, winter butter and a pair of old shoes.

Friedman is one of the youngest members of Fluxus, which arose in the 1960s as an international laboratory of experimental artists, architects, composers and designers who wanted to move away from art defined by actual objects and physical materials to a new practice of idea, action and process. Fluxus has been characterized as "the most radical and experimental art movement of the 1960s."

Friedman has presented performances, lectures and exhibitions internationally, assembled collections and published works by other artists. Today, he is known as an artist and a theorist of what is known as intermedia, or cross-disciplinary, art.

"Ken Friedman: Art[net]worker Extra-Ordinaire" will be on display in museum through Nov. 26.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for events at the UI Museum of Art during the 2000-2001 season, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. the day of the Friedman’s presentation. 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.