Tuesday, September 2, 2003• VOLUME 21, NUMBER 1

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Fluxus: Betwixt and Between

The exhibition “Betwixt and Between: The Life and Works of Dick Higgins,” will be on display through October 19. A number of events will be held in the Tweed in conjunction with the exhibition. “What’s the Score: A discussion of the event score” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9. The panel includes Diane Mullins, curator, MCAD Gallery at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Ann Klefstad, features editor, mnartist.org. A “Performance Lecture” by Hannah Higgins, Fluxus historian and daughter of artists Dick Higgins and Alison Knowles will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14. UMD Student Performances of Event Scores will be presented at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 16. Contact Ann Klefstad, 218/393-9149; 218/525-3037; editor@mnartist.org for information on the student performances and the other events.

Dick Higgins (1938-1998) used the term “intermedia” to describe his wide-ranging works in poetry, painting, graphic works, musical scores and books. Higgins knew and associated with the composers John Cage and Henry Cowell, the Dada artists Marcel Duchamp and Richard Huelsenbeck, and the many artists who identified with Fluxus. Based on a term used by George Maciunas in 1961, Fluxus is an international art movement based on ideas similar to those of the Dada artists, where the art “object” is less a precious aesthetic commodity, and more about interaction between the artwork and the viewer. In Fluxus, art can be a pamphlet with instructions, a musical score to be performed, a reading, a performance, a work sent through the mail, or any combination of these and other categories of art-making. Higgins participated in Fluxus ideas as a composer, a poet, a scholar and founder of Something Else Press. An ancillary exhibition will feature event scores that have been solicited from around the world specifically for this project.

Gilbert Davis Munger

“Gilbert Davis Munger: Quest for Distinction” will be on display through October 12. Together with Tweed Museum of Art, Afton Historical Society Press has published a new book Gilbert Davis Munger: Quest for Distinction, authored by noted American art historian J. Gray Sweeney and collector Michael D. Schroeder. A number of events will be held in conjunction with the exhibition.

A Free Family Day, with activities based on the exhibition, will be held from 2 - 4 p.m. on September 20.

Two Gilbert Munger Art & Design Lectures, will be presented on September 23. “The Internet & Art Historical Research:www.Gilbert Munger.com” with Michael D. Schroeder will be presented at noon on September 23 in the VDIL, Visualization & Digital Imaging Lab, 154 MPAC. Schroeder is a senior researcher at Microsoft, and the creator of the Munger website at www.GilbertMunger.org. He will present this unique on-line resource and discuss its role in the development of Gilbert Munger exhibition.

Art historian, J. Gray Sweeney and collector, Michael Schroeder will present a second lecture at 6 p.m. on September 23 in the Tweed Museum of Art. Sweeney was the first scholar to write about Munger, when he discovered a group of his paintings at the Tweed Museum of Art in 1980.

A Gallery Talk, “Munger’s Geology,” focusing specifically on the geology depicted in many of Munger’s paintings with UMD Geology Professor Emeritus, long-time Tweed patron and art lover Charles Matsch will be presented at 10 a.m. on October 2. Gilbert Munger explored the American West in 1869-71 with the famous geologist Clarence King, and later his paintings were used to illustrate King’s Systematic Geology.

Other Exhibitions and Events

The first Art & Design Lecture of the year is a presentation by Sangbum Kim, interactive designer and artist, at 10 a.m. on September 9 in the Tweed Museum of Art.

“Looking North: Royal Canadian Mounted Police Illustrations,” which includes nearly 100 Mountie illustrations, created by sixteen different artists between 1931 and 1970, will be on display through October 5. In conjunction with the exhibition, Afton Historical Society Press, and the Tweed Museum of Art, have published a new book titled Looking North: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Illustrations.

“Selections from the Permanent Collection: Glenn C. Nelson Ceramics and Studio Glass from the Collection of Don and Carol Wiiken” will be on display through October 5.

Senior Show Receptions are held at 4 p.m. every Tuesday during the academic year. Each Tuesday a different Art and Design Department Student exhibits their work in the museum’s Studio Gallery. Stop by to see the changing shows.

For Tweed information contact tma@d.umn.edu or call 726-8222.

music EVENTS


“Music for Peace, Progress and Harmony,” is a unique music event at UMD Weber Hall, jointly sponsored by Dr. Kalyan Munshi and UMD Music Department. The concert will be held September 10 at 7:30 p.m. in memory of the victims of 9/11/01 to pay homage for the people who suffered in the tragedy.

The concert’s theme hopes to proliferate the importance and vitality of peace in our everyday life and in global arenas through the melodious climate of music and dance.


A faculty artist recital entitled “Diva and Friends,” with Rachel Inselman, Marcus McConico, Theodore Schoen, and Jeanne Doty, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on September 16 in the Weber Music Hall.

A concert by Adrianna Ransom, cello, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on September 24 in the Weber Music Hall.

A faculty artist recital entitled “Pospisil Plays Persichetti,” with James Pospisil and Jill Pospisil will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on September 30 in the Weber Music Hall.

theatre EVENTS

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EVENTS lectures/workshops


University for Seniors will host their fall convocation on September 6 in Bohannon 90. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments. At 10 a.m. Deb Decker, a local FBI agent, will discuss the topic of “Homeland Security in Our Backyard.” John Kiheri, UMD Department of Police, will join her during the question and answer session. The convocation will be followed by a luncheon. Reservations must be made in advance. The event is open to the public. Call 726-6347 or e-mail: cschweig@d.umn.edu for information.

Scheduled for three Wednesday afternoons in the UMD Library Fourth Floor Rotunda, Journey, Jargons & Lectures feature slides and personal experiences of University for Seniors member’s trips. The events are free and open to the public. A question and answer session follows each 45-minute lecture.

Cora Ann Paulson, Rosemary Tripp, Mary Johnson, Ellie Ostrowski, and others will share their New York City experiences at noon on Wednesday, October 8

Bob Evans, Department of Philosophy, will take a breezy look at some moral issues in American culture, some underlying causes, and perhaps even some guidelines for solutions in a talk called “Taking Moral Stock: Greed and Gluttony -Up, Lust and Truth - Down, Love and Justice - Unsteady” at 1:15 p.m., on Wednesday, October 8.

Dorothy and Howard Pramann will present “Elderhostel in Hawaii” at noon on Wednesday, October 22.

Rachel Martin, Community Program Associate at Glensheen, interprets a young Swedish girl’s journey from home to a life as a maid in 19th-century Duluth in “From Sweden to America: The Story of a Glensheen Maid” at 1:15 p.m., on Wednesday, October 22.

Nancy and Mac Fifield take us floating down the river on a Mississippi cruise from St. Paul to St. Louis at noon on Wednesday, November 12.

Mark Ryan is a writer and filmmaker whose subject is Samuel F. Snively, Skyline Parkway and Seven Bridges Road at 1:15 p.m., on Wednesday, November 12.

If you have questions about the above events please call the University for Seniors office at 726-7637.

"Misrepresentation, Omission and Stretching the Truth: How drug companies manipulate which medications you take" will be presented by Dr. Jeff Adams, Family Medicine, SOMD at 7:30 p.m. on September 9 in Room 142 of the School of Medicine.

Academy of Distinguished Teachers is bringing Ben Cameron, executive director of the Theatre Communications Group in New York to speak on “Education in the 21st Century” at 7:30 p.m. on September 16 in the Marshall Performing Arts Center. Cameron is a dynamic, articulate and passionate speaker about the arts in this country today. This is a great way for faculty and staff to get energized and inspired for the year. Admission is free, and there will be a reception following. For information contact Tom Isbell, 726-6313, tisbell@d.umn.edu

Eric Gustafson, analyst and foreign correspondent for The Economist, Great Britain’s premier news magazine, will speak on “The Worst of Friends: Today’s Journalism and International Politics” at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24 in the Kirby Student Center Ballroom,

Susana Pelayo-Woodward and Cindy M. Christian, both UMD staff members and instructors in UMD’s Women’s Studies Department, will present “Women’s Lives in Mexico: Ten Years After NAFTA” at noon on Thursday, September 25 in Kirby Ballroom A.

EVENTS classes

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special EVENTS

The farmers market at UMD runs each Wednesday from 2- 4:30 p.m. through September in Lot A, the Medical School pay lot. Parking in the lot is free during the summer, but will be pay entry when students come back in September. For more info or if you would like to be a vendor, e-mail Wendi@duluth.com or call Deb Shubat at 726-7258.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Services will host a 2003 Fall Welcome Reception from 4 - 6 p.m. on September 16 in the Griggs Center. Come and enjoy food, beverages, and mingle. Meet other students, faculty, staff and community members.

“Talk Soup” a new initiative by the Multicultural Learning Resource Center to build communities of understanding around issues of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ability and other topics of personal and cultural identity--while eating soup together! Thursday, September 17, 12-1 p.m., Kirby 355-57.

Queer Students Union Meetings will be held during Fall Semester on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in Kirby 355-57. For info call QSU: 726-7041

A book release event called Take Back Your Time will be held at 7 p.m. on September 18 in the UMD Fourth Floor Library Rotunda.

Over 30 graphic design students from UMD designed posters for the upcoming Take Back Your Time Day campaign, a national event scheduled for October 24, 2003. On this day, millions of people will join in activities focusing on work/life balance and how we can reclaim it. The student artists designed posters to serve as illustrations in the recently published book, Take Back Your Time (Berrett-Koehler, 2003), and they are downloadable through a special Timeday poster site designed by UMD student Katie Just. Recent grad Jessica Backer (class of 2003) crafted the logo used throughout the book and in the national campaign. Edited by John de Graaf, the national coordinator of Take Back Your Time Day, the book contains essays by 39 writers, the stellar list of contributors includes bestselling authors as Vicki Robin, Camilla Fox, Anna Lappe, David Korten, Cecile Andrews and many others. It examines the problems of overwork, over-scheduling, time pressure and stress and propose personal, corporate and legislative solutions.

John de Graaf has produced nearly 40 documentaries, primarily for public television in the last 26 years. He produced the popular PBS specials, “Running Out of Time,” an examination of overwork and time pressure in America, and “Affluenza,” a scathing and humorous critique of American consumerism, and many programs on environmental subjects. Prior to his work in TV, he was the Public Affairs Director for KUMD Radio.

For more info about Take Back Your Time Day, go to www.timeday.org. For more information about the book release event at UMD, contact Joellyn Rock at jrock2@d.umn.edu.


Take a journey with UMD to Sicily, Italy’s most beautiful island. Join Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin for a variety of events that surround the Italian American Festival 2004, held in Palermo, Sicily. See UMD students and their Italian counterparts perform Guys and Dolls at Teatro Politeama and enjoy a reception following the performance.

The January 4 - 13, 2004 trip, planned for one or two small groups, will include breakfasts, tours, a final gala dinner, English speaking guides and fun. See Sicily’s great cities: Palermo, Agrigento and Taormina, and Syracuse. Don’t miss the museums, ancient ruins, stunning architecture and renowned cuisine. Astounding landscapes and the indefinable Sicilian atmosphere, exotic for the Italians themselves, will make this trip unforgettable. For information on the Italian Festival see: http://www.d.umn.edu/sfa/italfest/ index.html. For information on the tour e-mail: pdelano@d.umn.edu or call 726-8829.

UMD and cultural organizations in Palermo, Italy, including the Accademia di Belle Arti and the Conservatario Statale di Musica, “Vincenzo Bellini,” are hosting an Italian American Festival. It is a collaboration of students and faculty that will produce several theatrical and musical events, in Duluth and Palermo, in early 2004. An international academic conference is planned to occur simultaneously with the festival cultural events in Duluth, April 29 - May 1.

The conference, “Crossing the Waters: the Cross-Cultural Connections of Lifeways, Society, and the Fine and Folk Arts in the Mediterranean and Across the Atlantic” will explore the connections, transmissions, and transformations of cultural traditions and social institutions among Mediterranean societies, to and within the Americas through immigration and other processes, and between the “fine” and folk arts. Many academic disciplines are appropriate for the conference including: history, anthropology, popular culture, folk literature, Italian-American studies, film, opera, visual arts, education, immigration studies, sociology, music, theatre, dance, language studies, and more. In keeping with the multi-disciplinary approach of the conference, we invite scholars from the sciences, business and economics, and medicine, as well as the humanities and social sciences to participate.

For further information contact papers@italiafest.us, or go to http://www.italiafest.us. Abstracts of 200 words or less may be submitted electronically or by mail by September 30.

Three home volleyball games will be held in September, all in the Romano Gym. The game against Michigan Tech will be held at 7 p.m. on September 9. The game against Winona State will be held at 3 p.m. on September 26 and the game against Concordia-St. Paul, will be held at 3 p.m. on September 27.

A Men’s/Women’s Cross Country meet, the Lester Park Invitational, will be held at 10:25 a.m. on September 13 at the Lester Park Golf Course.

Four home soccer games will be held in September, all in Griggs Field. The game against South Dakota State will be held at 1 p.m. on September 13. The game against North Dakota State will be held at 1 p.m. on September 14. The game against Bemidji State will be held at 1 p.m. on September 20 and the game against North Dakota, will be held at 1 p.m. on September 21.

A home football game against Southwest Minnesota State will be held at 6 p.m. on September 20 in Griggs Field.

glensheen EVENTS

The Glensheen Historic Estate is now open daily from 9:30 a.m- 4 p.m. with Bedroom Slipper Tours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting at 4 p.m.
Call 726-8910 or toll-free: 888-454-GLEN (4536) for more information.

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