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Leading Historian of African American Photography to speak at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 09:17

Davenport, IOWA (September 2012) On Thursday, September 27 at 7pm Posing Beauty in African American Culture curator Dr. Deborah Willis will speak at the Figge. Dr. Willis will talk about the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through a range of media including photography, film, video, fashion, advertising and other forms of popular culture such as music and the Internet. The lecture will explore contemporary understandings of beauty by framing the notion of aesthetics, race, class and gender within art, popular culture and political contexts.

Deborah Willis, PhD, is chair and professor of photography and imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, where she also has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Africana Studies. Willis, a 2000 McArthur Fellow, is one of the nation's leading historians of African American photography and curator of African American culture. Her most recent works are Posing Beauty–African American Images from the 1890s to the Present; Michelle Obama, The First Lady in Photographs; and Black Venus 2010: They Called Her ‘Hottentot’ (editor).

Prior to the 7pm lecture an exhibition reception will be held. Refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available from 5:30pm to 7pm. Both the reception and lecture are free with membership or paid admission.

About Posing Beauty in African American Culture 

Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through diverse media including photography, film, video, fashion, advertising and other forms of popular culture such as music and the Internet. Throughout the Western history of art and image-making, the relationship between beauty and art has become increasingly complex within contemporary art and popular culture.

The images in this exhibition challenge idealized forms of beauty in art by examining their portrayal and exploring a variety of attitudes about race, class, gender, popular culture and politics as seen through the aesthetics of representation.

Posing Beauty in African American Culture is sponsored by the Riverboat Development Authority, Hunt and Diane Harris and Dr. Ralph and Jennifer Saintfort.

About the Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays 12-5 p.m.  Thursdays the museum is open until 9pm. Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit our website, www.figgeartmuseum.org.

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Genealogy Workshops at the German American Heritage Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Friday, 21 September 2012 14:53
Davenport, IA- The German American Heritage Center is proud to announce two
fantastic genealogy workshops on Sunday, October 21st presented by Theresa Liewer.
Session one will be covering the topics of Naturalization and Passenger lists from
12:30-2:00 and session two will discuss Military Records from 2:30-3:30. Preregistration
is required. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers per session. Call
563-322-8844 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up today!

Theresa Liewer has been a member of the Iowa Genealogical Society for over 35
years, is a past president, and teaches classes there on a volunteer basis. She'll take
you on a step by-step journey through the naturalization process in the 19th and early
20th centuries, the records that are created, and where they can be found. She'll also
discuss immigration records where they can be found, with emphasis on online locating
tips! Military record essentials from the Revolutionary War through WW II will be
reviewed. Theresa combines information with just a touch of humor to send you away
enthused about finding your family records!

October is German American Month! Let’s Celebrate!

 
Napoleon Lecture this Sunday at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Thursday, 20 September 2012 08:01

Davenport, IOWA (September 2012) On Sunday, September 23 the lecture, “Faces of Napoleon: Select Portraits from the Private Collection of Pierre-Jean Chalençon” will be held at 2pm at the Figge Art Museum. In this lecture, Heidi E. Kraus, PhD, co-curator of the University of Iowa exhibition NapolĂ©on and the Art of Propaganda, will examine the political importance, historical reliance and aesthetic value of select Napoleonic portraits created from approximately 1796 through 1850.

While portraits of Napoleon I remain undeniably propagandistic, many possess a beauty, originality and complexity that often is underemphasized by art historians. The lecture will explore concrete examples of how artists working in the service of Napoleon, including Gros, Appiani, Girodet and Delaroche, were engaged with and inspired by their prescribed "official" subject.

The lecture offered in conjunction with the University of Iowa exhibition Napoléon and the Art of Propaganda: Art from the collection of Pierre-Jean Chalençon, on view at the Pentacrest Museums Gallery for Arts, Humanities & Sciences in the Old Capitol Museum, and the Black Box Theater at the Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City through January 29, 2013. To learn more about the exhibition, visit http://uima.uiowa.edu/exhibitions/.

The lecture is free with membership or paid admission

About the Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays 12-5 p.m.  Thursdays the museum is open until 9pm. Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit our website, www.figgeartmuseum.org.

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Death of President Hoover Remembered with Presentation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prado   
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:49
WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Former President Herbert Hoover died in New York at the age of 90 on October 20, 1964. Five days later he was buried on a knoll overlooking his birthplace in West Branch, Iowa. Thousands paid their respects along the route from the airport in Cedar Rapids as an honor guard transported President Hoover to his burial place at what is now Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. His death offered an opportunity to reflect on his presidency, his long career of public service, and his numerous personal achievements. How did Iowa and the world remember him?

Join park ranger Kristin Gibbs for “In Memoriam: The Death of President Hoover” this October 20 at 1:00 p.m. in the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. During the hour-long presentation, Ms. Gibbs will share the contents of archival letters, telegrams, photographs, and videos documenting the local and global remembrance President Hoover. Persons who attended or participated in the funeral procession and the burial ceremony are welcome to share their memories and experiences.

There will be no charge to attend the program; regular admission will be charged to visit the museum galleries. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space. For more information go online at www.nps.gov/heho or call (319) 643-2541.


Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
110 Parkside Drive
PO Box 607
West Branch, Iowa  52358

319 643-2541 phone
319 643-7864 fax
www.nps.gov/heho

Twitter: @HooverNPS
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Beer Tasting at the GAHC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 13:42

Davenport, IA- You will find beer, music, German food, and more beer at the first annual Suds! Beer Tasting at the German American Heritage Center on Saturday October 13 th from 5-8pm! Local, regional, German, and even homebrewed beer will be sampled and enjoyed as we celebrate the final days of the exhibition Suds! on the brewing process, German drinking traditions, and Quad City brewing heritage.

Get your tickets now! $18 for members and $20 for non-members in advance and $25 at the door. Must be 21+. This event is sponsored by Vanguard Distributing Company. Call 563-322-8844 or visit GAHC at 712 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA to get
you tickets!

 
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