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Downtown Iowa City Arts Showcase: Public Space One opens virtual gallery featuring Georgian-American artist Nina Kintsurashvili

The social isolation created by COVID-19 forced mixed media artist Nina Kintsurashvili and Public Space One to rethink how art can be shared with the community during a crisis. Working with digital artist Austin Caskie, Kintsurashvili created the interactive exhibit […]

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Iowa City’s PATV is merging with Public Space One

After 40 years of bringing Iowa City community-based television programming, Channel 18 will go dark, as Public Access Television (PATV) heads in a new direction. PATV is merging with another long-time local cultural institution, Public Space One (PS1) to “form one, integrated non-profit organization designed to provide enhanced community access to a wide variety of media, digital production, and creative support services across Johnson County,” according to written statement issued by the two organizations on Wednesday. […]

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Public Space One to relocate to ‘a home for possibilities’ in Iowa City’s Northside for fall 2019

Formalized at the Aug. 6 City of Iowa City council meeting, PS1 has made the purchase of two historical homes on Gilbert Street, in the heart of the Northside neighborhood, bringing it out of the basement (of the Wesley Center on Dubuque Street) and into the light. […]

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‘Feared and revered’: Zen Cohen’s new exhibition at Public Space One explores queer history and cultures

I’ve had a recurring dream since I was a teenager about an ocean contained in a room. In the dream, I always try to peel back the layers of my experience with the water; to experience it in a more authentic way. I had this dream again for the first time in a long time, and it must be because I’ve been thinking about Zen Cohen’s art. […]

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Reinhart stuns with bright colors and unexpected patterns

Catherine Reinhart speculates that the quilt blocks at the core of her art are living what she calls their “third life,” imagining that they were originally made to be polyester leisure suits before then being made into the quilt she was gifted and, finally, becoming a part of her work. […]

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Jaime Hernandez reflects on 38 years of his influential ‘Love & Rockets’ comics series

Los Bros Hernandez — Jaime, Gilbert and Mario — self-published the first issue of Love and Rockets in 1981. Since then, they (primarily Jaime and Gilbert) have created a substantial body of work. So substantial, in fact, that it can […]

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Digging up the ‘underground,’ DIY music scene in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids

From singer-songwriters to heavy metal bands, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids breed a wide variety of musical acts. Dozens of artists make up the local music scene, but not many receive the recognition of concert-goers in the area. Naturally, the local DIY scene — united by the “do it yourself” idea that art shouldn’t have barriers to entry, and that anyone, regardless of skill or status, should be free to make art and share it as they please — tends to operate underground while the artists are often shrouded from curious music fans. Some local venue owners are working to change that […]

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