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Release: Oct. 12, 2001

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

LECTURE ON HOGARTH OCT. 25 -- Pamela Trimpe, the curator of painting and sculpture at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will speak, on "William Hogarth and the Topography of Decay" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Museum of Art. Admission to Trimpe's talk, and to the museum, will be free.

Trimpe's talk is part of a series at the museum representing points of view on "Drunk," a video installation by English artist Gillian Wearing. The initial acquisition for the museum's new collection of media art, Wearing's video presents disturbing and haunting images of London street drinkers.

"It is very appropriate to discuss Hogarth's ground-breaking work dealing with the social ills of 18th century Britain in conjunction with the Wearing video installation," Trimpe said. "Hogarth's 'Beer Street' and 'Gin Lane' of the 1750's visually describe the social consequences of drink. Hogarth's work, especially his prints, often depicted social problems and their consequences with a distinct moral tone, in a very different manner from Wearing's more ambiguous presentation of alcoholics."

An art historian who also holds a law degree, Trimpe has worked extensively on the intersection of art, law and ethics. She is on the board of the UI Art on Campus Committee and has served as the project director for numerous grants through the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has served as a staff attorney for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Mo., as well as an independent legal counsel to artists.

At the UI she helped develop the exhibition "Victorian Fairy Painting," which was shown to critical acclaim at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada, the UI Museum of Art and the Frick Collection in New York City.

Trimpe earned a bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Graceland College in Lamoni and a law degree from the University of Missouri. She then went on to earn master's degrees in art and philosophy and a doctorate in art history from the University of Kansas. Her dissertation, "George John Pinwell: A Victorian Artist and Illustrator, 1942-1975," was published this year by Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for public events at the museum during the 2001-02 season 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 noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum. 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.

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IOWA BRASS QUINTET FOR 'BREATH OF ART' OCT. 26 --The Iowa Brass Quintet from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a performance as part of the ongoing "Breath of Art" series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the UI Museum of Art.

A collaborative project between the UI Museum of Art and the UI Division of Performing Arts, "Breath of Art" is a series of musical performances held Friday evenings in the museum. Future performances in the series will include the Maia String Quartet on Nov. 2; and French horn improvisations by Jeffrey Agrell on Nov. 30.

The Iowa Brass Quintet, a resident faculty ensemble at the UI School of Music, performs on the UI campus each semester and for schools, universities, civic concert associations and professional meetings throughout the United States. Founded in the early 1950s, the group has been widely acclaimed for its artistry in the performance of music of all periods and premieres of new compositions. Its current members are David Greenhoe and Barbara Deur, trumpets; Jeffrey Agrell, horn; David Gier, trombone; and Robert Yeats, tuba.

Gier described the program for the "Breath of Art" performance: "We have chosen a program of very accessible, beautiful music, hoping to take advantage of the reverberant space of the museum and the relative close proximity to the audience.

"A great deal of the music is from the Renaissance. This music, conceived of for 'consorts' of similar instruments, works exceptionally well for the brass quintet. They also provide a marvelous opportunity for David Greenhoe on first trumpet to embellish and ornament -- something he does as fluidly and musically as anyone I've ever heard.

"We will be accompanied on this part of the program by percussionist Tony Oliver, a member of the Quad City Symphony, a UI graduate and a current doctoral candidate at Rutgers University. Tony will improvise parts for the dance movements, in the tradition of the roving consorts that originally performed these works, which were the popular music of the time."

The complete program comprises three sets of dances from the Renaissance and two pieces for brass quintet: a suite of dances by Michael Praetorius; "Fancies, Toyes and Dreames" by Giles Farnaby; Three Sonatas from "Turckischer Eulen-Spiegel" by Daniel Speer; Quintet No. 2 by Jean-Francoise-Victor Bellon; and "Armenian Scenes" by Alexander Arutiunian.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for public events at the museum during the 2001-02 season 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 noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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.