Review of Dis/Unity: A Service


These United States have never been united. Riven by racism, haunted by homophobia, policed by patriarchy and pervaded with violence, the divisive history of this country perpetually belies the unity it claims to represent. This tragic irony initially seemed the central message of the remarkable performance-based installation I witnessed in the cavernous (and un-air conditioned!) […]

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The Origins of Works of Art: Rich Opportunities for the Thrifty Aesthete


The upcoming week offers an unusually rich trove of aesthetic encounters for the inhabitants of Iowa City, many of which are intentionally transparent about the nature of the creative process as something nurtured by art itself. Much art — whether music, literature, painting, sculpture, or theater — springs from the artist’s attempt to communicate or […]

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