Art

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Superman, Spiderman, the X-Men, and many other superheroes have been fighting for truth, justice and the American way for decades. Many of the men who created these characters were Jewish and, in his new book, philosopher Harry Brod explores how Jewish culture is reflected in the lives of our favorite superheroes. Then, comic book artist Phil Hester joins the conversation to talk about his work.

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Ballet Des Moines is trying something new this year: hiring dancers for a six month residency.  It’s the first time Ballet Des Moines has six full time professional dancers to perform modern and classic productions for an entire season.
 

At the invitation of Iowa’s Poet Laureate Mary Swander, who is of Irish ancestry, the theatre troupe, Hob Nailed Boots of Renvyle, Ireland,  is visiting the state giving dramatic recitals from works about the Aran Islands, the Irish famine, and immigration. We reached the troupe’s Sean Coyne from his home in Renvyle.  Coyne says audiences are in for an emotional experience…

Hob Nailed Boots Theatre Tour of 3 Plays

Performed by Sean Coyne and Tegolin Knowland, written by Eamon Grennan

Oct. 15, 7:00 P.M.  Hearst Center for the Arts, Cedar Falls, IA     Emigration Road

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When he was 11-years-old, author Jeremy Jackson fell in love for the first time, saw his sister leave for college and lost his grandmother.  It was not the end of his childhood, but, for him, it was the beginning of truly growing up.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jackson about his new memoir, "I Will Not Leave You Comfortless."  Then, Napoleon is visiting Iowa City.  We hear about a new exhibit on display at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, "Napoleon and the Art of Propaganda."

"Papergirl" Project Rethinks Street Art

Jul 24, 2012
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If you’re walking down the street this evening in Davenport, someone might hand you a work of art. "Papergirl" is an art movement where participants collect artworks from community members, roll it up newspaper-style, and distribute it to random passers-by via bicycles, like the paperboys of old.

Grotto of the Redemption Turns 100

Jun 25, 2012
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The Midwest is known for its roadside attractions — world's largest ear of corn, heaviest ball of twine, biggest truck stop.

But it's also home to one of the largest collections of grottoes in the world. Most of these man-made caves were created by immigrant priests at the beginning of the 20th century. And the mother of them all — encrusted in $6 million worth of semiprecious stones — is in West Bend, Iowa.

This weekend, the Grotto of the Redemption turned 100.

Last Friday a new painting was unveiled in Cedar Rapids titled “You Know, We’re all in This Together”.  The work features dozens of optimistic community members in a scene about a city still recovering from the devastating flood of 2008.

A shipment of precious cargo will begin its journey from the east coast to Iowa tomorrow morning. Crouching on 2 pallets inside a box-truck, are a pair of panthers; they were sculpted by one of Iowa’s most famous artists. The lost-and-found story is told by Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen.

The annual Fashion Show at Iowa State University has been around for decades, but in recent years the stakes have been higher, the fashion more cutting edge, the glamour more glamorous and the glitz even glitzier. This hour, Charity speaks with some of the people behind The Fashion Show 2012, including special guest designer Todd Snyder. She'll also talk with Sarah Bennett, faculty advisor for this year's show, and Michelle Klaas and Lisa Bradshaw, two of the three student producers for the show.

Making Piece

Mar 26, 2012

Grant Wood said that when he painted American Gothic, he depicted the people he “fancied should live in the house.” Eighty years later, the woman living in the house looks nothing like the grim spinster in the painting. This hour, host Charity Nebbe travels to Eldon Iowa to visit Beth Howard, the author of the new book Making Piece, a Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie.

Nearly four years ago flood waters dramatically changed the landscape in Iowa City. Over the next few years the campus will be transformed again as the University of Iowa replaces the lost buildings. On today's Talk of Iowa, we’ll hear about recently approved plans to rebuild the University of Iowa arts campus, including a new Hancher Auditorium, Art Building and Music Building.

Finding Your Fire

Jan 29, 2012

When you make up your mind to find your passion, you’re making an important commitment to yourself. You’re saying that you’re a top priority and you’ll be finding the things in life that you truly enjoy. For aspiring artists, many say they have found their passion, or their “fire,” but actually making a living at it is a bigger challenge. Today, we hear from four successful artists who will be taking part in the on-going artist discussion series, “Finding Your Fire,” this evening at the Des Moines Social Club.

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Mention the New Deal, and most Iowans would think of a bridge, state park or school gymnasium. But the arts also flourished during the Great Depression, thanks to federal programs that gave jobs to painters, sculptors, writers and performers. A museum director calls it, "the greatest art movement in Iowa in 100 years."

American Gothic House Center

Grant Wood's sister, Nan, talks about the famous Iowa artist, and a fire at his studio that burned them both. The interview with Nan is held by the State Historical Society of Iowa, in Iowa City. Sounds from 1976, recorded in Cedar Rapids.

Iowa State University Museums

Danish born sculptor Christian Petersen was the nation's first artist-in-residence. An art museum, opened in 2007, bears his name at Iowa State University. Recordings courtesy of ISU Parks Library and University Museums. Petersen interview originally from WOI-TV. Sounds from 1961, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

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