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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release June 8, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

History for Lunch: Frank Lloyd Wright and Grant Wood

Lecture series features UNI Professor Roy R. Behrens June 17

(IOWA CITY) – The State Historical Society of Iowa’s popular “History for Lunch” lecture series continues this month with Professor Roy R. Behrens, who will discuss Frank Lloyd Wright and Grant Wood.

History for Lunch will be at noon, Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at SHSI’s Centennial Building, 402 Iowa Avenue (Iowa and Gilbert streets) in Iowa City. The lecture is free and the public is encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. Call 319-335-3911 for more information.

Behrens’ presentation, “Frank Lloyd Wright and Grant Wood: Little Houses on the Prairie,” will focus on the two influential Midwesterners and their shared influences and preoccupations, including their parallel interests in the relationship between architectural structures and the “styles” of the people who occupy them.

Behrens is Professor of Art and Distinguished Scholar at the University of Northern Iowa, where he teaches graphic design, illustration and design history.

His most recent books include “False Colors: Art, Design and Modern Camouflage” (2002); “Cook Book: Gertrude Stein, William Cook and Le Corbusier” (2005); and “Camoupedia: A Compendium of Research on Art, Architecture and Camouflage” (2009).

In 2005, he was nominated for the National Design Awards, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.

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