Saturday, June 1 | 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.


Spiral Galaxy:
Sara Gossett, Plastic Crimewave, and occasional member Hands of Hydra create devotional voyages via flute, guitar, sitar, drum machine, drones and other sonics to conjure the kosmische vibe of cosmonauts like Cluster, Yatha Sidhra, Achim Reichel, Amon Duul 1, Ash Ra Tempel, early Kraftwerk.

The Shining Realm is the plane where forgotten creation myths touch the outer membranes of dreams. It is a dimension where inspiration and doubt are not separate, where ideas birth wild contradictions floating in and out of reality. The Shining Realm is represented on this plane by members of ZUUL, Thee Almighty Hand Claps, Commanders and Family Van. These musicians have taken up the call and have set about to transcribe alien fables into remembered melody.


Collection Highlights

Nancy Lee Purington

  Woven Waters I from MBOOM

, 1991
Gouache on Arches, 40 x 28 in. (101.6 x 71.1 cm)
Gift of John and Ellen Buchanan, 2015.322