Over the Break in Iowa

Over the Break in Iowa

Now that your finals are done you have time to attend all those great community events you've been avoiding all semester! Lucky for you there are plenty of great art exhibits, performances, and community events to fill up your empty calendar!

Goings On:

Ever wondered what it was like to be a Civil War soldier from Iowa? Wonder no longer! Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, "Gone to See the Elephant: The Civil War through the Eyes of Iowa Soldiers" is an exhibit going on now at the Old Capitol Museum. The exhibit examines the role of the State of Iowa and the University of Iowa during the war, and features primary resources, artifacts, historical documents, and educational programming. Some bonus programming includes an Underground Railroad Walking tour of Iowa City, and the chance to attend a program where you can learn to cook and taste period foods at the New Pi Co–op in Coralville. A list of all the Civil War programs can be found at www.uiowa.edu/oldcap.

"Napoléon and the Art of Propaganda," is a joint exhibit showing at the Old Capitol Museum and the IMU Black Box Theater. It features more than 120 drawings, prints, painting, sculptures, manuscripts, medals, and other objects. All the works are from the private collection of Pierre-Jean Chalençon, a renowned Napoleon expert whose collection now includes more than 500 objects and has been loaned to museums all over the world. The exhibition includes works by some of the most important artists, architects, and sculptors of the period, including Jacques-Louis David, Antonio Canova, Anne-Louis Girodet, François Gérard, Charles Percier, and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine. Visit uima.uiowa.edu for more information.

The Cowboy Christmas exhibit at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum (210 Parkside Drive, West Branch) is the perfect addition to your Iowa Christmas traditions. For only $6 (free for kids under 16) you can enjoy the 20 decorated Christmas trees, each portraying a different aspect of the life of the cowboy in the Old West and the Hollywood cowboy. The museum is open from 9am-5pm daily. For more information, visit hoover.archives.gov.

For something a little more avant-garde, Somatophobia is an exhibition at Public Space One (129 E Washington St.) in Iowa City. It includes over 30 objects, installations, and events from international, national, and local artists. The work submitted via national and international call features a collision of electronic-responsive work, artist’s books, textured photography and painting, experimental clothing/textile work, and a series of events, installations, and performances. For gallery hours and more information, go to publicspaceone.com.

For more information on events at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids and to buy tickets, go to paramounttheatrecr.com