Oct. 12-18, 2001
Vol. 31, Issue 32
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Live art -- Impromptu art performances around Grounds
Secret John F. Kennedy tapes published by Miller Center
Genetic switch causes syndromes
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Live art

Rebecca Arrington
Los Angeles-based artists Joseph Biel and Richard Kraft, one of whom stands here in a white robe, visited last week and gave a number of impromptu art performances throughout Grounds, including this one in Madison Bowl on Oct. 4. Their week-long residency was sponsored by the McIntire Department of Art.
“Their way of working is very different than anything we have here at U.Va.,” said William Wylie, assistant professor of studio art and curator of the show. “They are bringing something very exciting and new — they are bringing part of the West Coast art scene here.”
Performance art, characterized by its spontaneity, uses space and time, and involves the audience in the vision and concept of the art.
The artists, who have collaborated for the past six years, working in a variety of mediums, are exhibiting their recent photographs and paintings at Fayerweather Gallery through Oct. 28. Many of their projects are also depicted on the Web at http://www.rebusart.com.

Secret John F. Kennedy tapes published by Miller Center

s Staff Report

Allthough every president expects to face a host of problems, John F. Kennedy understood that he was confronting an unusual set of foreign and domestic crises. Determined to leave behind a record of that extraordinary era, Kennedy began in July 1962 an unprecedented program of secretly taping White House meetings and telephone conversations.

Presenting perhaps the most reliable record of the Kennedy presidency ever published, the first of several volumes containing the complete transcriptions of Kennedy’s recently declassified secret recordings will be published Oct. 15 by the University’s Miller Center of Public Affairs and W.W. Norton & Company. The center’s Presidential Recordings Project eventually will transcribe, analyze and publish White House recordings made during the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations. Full story.

Genetic switch causes syndromes

By Catherine Wolz

Researchers at the University of Virginia’s Health System are getting closer to finding out what causes two disabling childhood diseases, by identifying a naturally occurring on-off switching process that may control activation of genes that are missing pieces, according to results published online this month in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

The deficiencies — mirror images of each other — cause Prader-Willi Syndrome, the most common genetic cause of obesity, and Angelman Syndrome, which has different symptoms, including severe mental retardation. Full story.


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