Saturday, May 4 | 9pm - 12am

Trumpet Blossom Cafe  | 310 E Prentiss St, Iowa City, Iowa 52240

Cost: $8 or FREE for ages 20 and under


The Feed Me Weird Things collaboration is a series of online visual “mixtapes” created in response to a series of music performances. Each mixtape (or group of art) is culled from the permanent collections of the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art and paired with short essays. These essays and images provide an avenue for exploring overlaps between the aesthetic sensibilities of visual and sonic artforms. 

A central endeavor of art exhibitions and concert series alike is to introduce audiences to new ideas, or novel combinations and juxtapositions of old ideas. Musical curator Chris Wiersema (Mission Creek Festival) and visual curator Vero Rose Smith (Stanley Museum of Art) are united in their effort to carve out cavities for interesting conversations and cross-disciplinary connections. What is music? What is art? Where are the spaces between, and the intersections? What does it mean to listen and see deeply? The curators hold in common a belief that learning to listen and see with depth and empathy should not be limited to those able to receive specialized training. Sharing time, and attention, and physical proximity with others can create a natural empathy despite differences in personal identities and cultures.


Louise Bock
aka Taralie Peterson other known solo work as Tar Pet and in the legendary psych band Spires that in the Sunset Rise. Taralie works with mainly sax, clarinet, cello, voice, and denatured lap harp. Her work combines the rarely explored territories of conceptual atonal/repetitive ideas with personal invection. Mystical, ecstatic, spiritual, dark, otherworldly explorations.

Ramin Roshandel
Ramin Roshandel (b.1987, Iran) started studying the setar (an Iranian classical music instrument) at the age of 14. He completed his Bachelor’s in Iranian Music Performance at the Tehran University of Art, and his Master’s in Music Composition at the University of Tehran. In the first year of his PhD in composition at the University of Iowa, he worked with Josh Levine, and is currently pursuing the second year with Sivan Cohen Elias. His pieces have been performed in EMCC Festival of New Music (Exchange of Midwest Collegiate Composers) and read by the JACK Quartet and UI Kantorei. Also, two of his papers on Hossein Alizadeh’s Neynavâ and Elliott Carter’s Dialogues have been published in Persian journals.

Collection Highlights

Tara Donovan

Untitled (Soap Bubbles)

, 2005
Etching on paper , 32 x 32 in. (81.28 x 81.28 cm)
Leola N. Bergmann Print Fund, 2013.8