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Brucemore’s Historic Neighborhood Walk PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:50

Did you know the land surrounding Brucemore was originally developed as the first golf course in Cedar Rapids? Or that the world famous Iowa artist Grant Wood designed windows, murals, and woodwork, leaving his mark on the interiors of several Cedar Rapids homes?  Listen to fascinating stories about the various homes and discover the rich history and architecture of the neighborhood just outside the estate’s gates on Brucemore’s Historic Neighborhood Walk—Thursday, October 4 at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 6 at 10:00 a.m.

Admission is $15 per person and $12 per Brucemore member and includes a Historic Neighborhood Tour flipbook. Space is limited. Advance ticket purchase required. Purchase tickets online at www.brucemore.org, by calling (319) 362-7375, or visiting the Brucemore Store and Visitor Center. Self-guided Historic Neighborhood Tour flipbooks will be available for purchase in the Brucemore Store on October 8, including homes from all four years of this specialty neighborhood tour.

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit www.brucemore.org.

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The Figge Presents Posing Beauty in African American Culture PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:42

September 8 - November 4, 2012

Davenport, IOWA (September 2012) The Figge Art Museum is pleased to present Posing Beauty in African American Culture, an exhibition that explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through a diverse array of media including photography, video, fashion, and advertising. Posing Beauty opens on Saturday, September 8 and runs through November 4, 2012.

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.

This exhibit features approximately 50 works drawn from public and private collections, and the accompanied book, published by W.W. Norton, will be for sale in the Museum Store. Artists in the exhibit include, among others, Carrie Mae Weems, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Gary Winogrand, Renee Cox, Mickalene Thomas and Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe.

The Figge partnered with St Ambrose University, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Gathering of Women, RI County NAACP, and Imani! Dancers & Studio for Cultural Arts, Inc. to develop programs for this exhibition. “Posing Beauty is a provocative and thoughtful sharing between African American women on their struggle to define their ‘beautifulness’ and to share their  personal feelings with other ‘sistas’ on how their ‘beautifulness’ have been defined and continue to be refined,” said Liz Sherwin, President RI County NAACP. Shirleen Martin, founder of Gathering of Women, also worked closely with the Figge Education Department to develop programming for this exhibition. "Beauty is both internal and external and the true beauty of a Black Woman is worthy of all the attention and exploration that the world can offer," stated Martin.

An exhibition reception for Posing Beauty in African American Culture will be held at 6pm on Thursday, September 27.  Following the reception, exhibition curator Dr. Deborah Willis will lead the discussion “Posing Beauty in African American Culture.” Willis 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 a curator of African American culture.

Posing Beauty in African American Culture is curated by Deborah Willis and organized by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California. The exhibition is sponsored locally by the Riverboat Development Authority and Hunt and Diane Harris.

Related Programming

The Figge Art Museum will present a variety of special programming to enhance the visitors’ experience of Posing Beauty in African American Culture. Admission to all programs is included with museum admission or museum membership, unless otherwise noted.

Special Workshop
"As Seen through the Lens"

7 pm Thursday, September 20

Local photographers Mark Mess and John Mohr will discuss selected photographs from the exhibition followed by a live photo shoot with public participation.

Symposium

“Is My Black Beautiful?”

1-4:30 pm Saturday, September 22

A panel discussion on the ever-changing concepts that define black beauty in the context of fashion and time.

1-2 pm • Panel Discussion, Moderator: Bobbie Lastrapes

2-3 pm • Gallery Talk • Led by Rima Girnius, PhD, Figge Art Museum associate curator

3-4:30 pm • Reception and informal performances by the Imani! Dancers & Studio for Cultural Arts, Inc

Inspired by the exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture, this symposium will begin with a panel discussion moderated by community leader Bobbie Lastrapes and will include local African American women spanning sixty years in age, all of whom will be reflecting on what it means and has meant to be beautiful in the traditional sense and also on a personal level. Audience members will be encouraged to contribute their thoughts and add to the conversation. Following the panel discussion, participants will visit the exhibition for an informal tour, led by Figge curator Rima Girnius, after which there will be a reception and performances by the Imani! Dancers & Studio for Cultural Arts, Inc. Refreshments will be served.

Exhibition Reception
5:30-7 pm Thursday, September 27
Join the Figge staff in celebrating the opening of the exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture. Refreshments will be served, cash bar.

Curator Discussion
"Posing Beauty in African American Culture"
7 pm Thursday, September 27

Exhibition curator Dr. Deborah 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 under- standings 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 imag- ing 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).

Lecture
“Posing Questions: Inquiring About Portrait Photography for Personal Meaning Making”

7 pm Thursday, October 11

Ann Rowson Love, director of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Museum Studies Program, will lead a discussion about interpreting portraiture from a variety of perspectives and current graduate students will demonstrate approaches.

Reception

SAU “Race Matters” Reception
6-7 pm Thursday, October 18

Mingle with fellow art-enthusiasts before the evening’s lecture about the exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture. Refreshments will be served, cash bar. This reception and the talk that follows is offered in conjunction with St. Ambrose University's yearlong series, "Race Matters" and is co-sponsored by the Women's Studies Department at St. Ambrose University.

Lecture
"You Look Beautiful Like This: Selling Race and Heritage to Chicago's African American Community in the Era of the New Negro"
7 pm Thursday, October 18

Scholar Kimberly Glenn will discuss the New Negro Movement, a blossoming of the arts founded on the premise of African American empowerment and pride in African heritage, which took root in the mid-1920s. This lecture will explore how the ideal of black womanhood was championed through the advertisements of new beauty products that promoted African and African American aesthetic sensibilities with regard to hair and complexion during this time period.


College Night
6-9 pm Thursday, October 25

Inspired by the exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture, this event will feature a variety of activities that encourage students to explore identity and personal expression. This event is free to college students, faculty and staff.

 
GAHC Volunteers Needed! Can You Help? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by German American Heritage Center   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:33
Dear Friends of GAHC,

The German American Heritage Center is in serious need of the following volunteer positions:

 

 

1) Desk help:   Admissions / Gift Shop

 

Several of our loyal volunteers have been sidelined recently by illness or other misfortunes, and our monthly calendar has too many holes. If you have been thinking about volunteering, this is a wonderful time to step up and lend a hand - training is provided. If you have not volunteered in a while but are willing to accept a shift, please notify us and we can find a spot that works for you!  Please help!!

 

2) Special Event:   Budget Bridal Fair Sunday, Sept 16th  12:00 - 3:00

 

The Bridal Fair will require our staff to be busy on 4th floor promoting that space for wedding and related events, and overseeing approximately 15 other vendors also involved. We will need 4 - 5 extra volunteers that day to monitor the exhibit areas. An extra hand would be helpful in the Gift Shop as well, since many attendees might be tempted to look around! This is a new event, and with your extra assistance we know it will be a successful one for all! The goal for GAHC is to show off our lovely 4th floor program room and encourage future rentals. Be sure to catch the promotion of this event on Paula Sands Live! on Tuesday, September 11th!

 

3) A peek around the corner...holiday time! Make your presence your present!

 

The Christmas and winter holiday season will be here before we know it! Please consider giving GAHC one of the most precious gifts around - your time! We are always in need of desk help during November and December, especially on the weekends!

 

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to hearing from you!

 

Sincerely,

GAHC Staff

 
Fall Frolic Member Dinner! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:29
Greetings!

We want to remind you to RSVP to our fall fundraising dinner at the Outing Club on Tuesday, Sept. 18th at 5:30 pm!
Our annual dinner will feature a buffet of German food with a cash bar. Dress is casual and tickets are $40 per person! Call or stop into GAHC to pay by credit card or send your check to 712 W 2nd St. Davenport, IA.

Can't join us? Please consider a donation as this event replaces our Winter Gala.

This year we will be honoring our Life Members!



Please call 563-322-8844 today to reserve your spot at this very special meal. We hope that you will join us in celebrating another great year at the German American Heritage Center!
Sincerely,
Kelly Lao
German American Heritage Center
563-322-8844

 
Inspired by the Past - September 9 - October 7, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 14:54

Muscatine Art Center Announces Opening of New Exhibit

The Muscatine Art Center will open the new exhibit Inspired by the Past on Sunday, September 9 with a reception hosted by Friends of the Muscatine Art Center from 1 to 5PM. The exhibit will continue through October 7, 2012.

Inspired by the Past includes the sculpture, paintings photographs,  drawings and assemblages of six area artists who based their work on that of Muscatine photographer, Oscar Grossheim. The participating artists: John Deason, Randy Elder, Charles Knudsen, Tony Ledtje, Randy Richmond, and Dan Rohde, chose four to six original Grossheim images that inspired them and used those images as a springboard to their own artistic interpretations.

Oscar Grossheim was born in Muscatine in 1862, the son of Theodore & Bertha Kirschbein Grossheim.

Grossheim’s career as a photographer began when he was only 15 and continued until the late 1930s. Grossheim’s work included much more than portrait photography.  He also left a legacy of over 50,000 images of life as it unfolded in Muscatine during a historically significant time.

The concept of the exhibition is to ask artists and the public to reflect on their past and, as a community, on our collective past, and how the process of self-reflection might lead to a heightened awareness as we map our future course.

 
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