CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
HANCHER BOX OFFICE CLOSES MARCH 14-22 UI FOR UI SPRING BREAK -- The
Hancher Auditorium box office at the University of Iowa will be closed
March 14-22 for UI spring break.
The box office will resume its regular business hours Monday, March
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday.
From the local calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long
distance within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER.
Fax to (319) 353-2284.
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services
should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office
personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair
access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is
equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.
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GEORGE WALKER OFFERS GALLERY TOUR MARCH 25 -- Painter George Walker,
an emeritus professor who recently retired from the University of Iowa
School of Art and Art History, will present a gallery tour at 12:30 p.m.,
Wednesday, March 25 at the UI Museum of Art. Walker will lead viewers through
the museum's current retrospective exhibition of his works, which will
be on view in the Carver Gallery from March 14 to May 3.
Walker's gallery tour, which is free and open to the public, is part
of the museum's weekly Perspectives series.
Walker served as a UI faculty member for 31 years while maintaining
an active and successful career as an artist. Although he considers himself
primarily a painter, he has produced works in a variety of forms. In addition
to paintings, several drawings, collages and artistic constructions are
included in the 30 works in the exhibition.
Many of the works on view depict Walker's career-long concern with the
relationships between colors on the canvas. Using a unique transparent
acrylic paint, Walker overlaps colors to produce a variety of hues in his
paintings. In the "Mediterranean Series," a recent series of
drawings, Walker uses color in a fantastical representation of Mediterranean
Walker said, "Everything I've done, it seems to me, has had the
same general concerns, such as an overriding focus on the positioning of
color on the canvas, the overall configuration of the images, and the relationship
Throughout his career, Walker has participated in international exhibitions
and more than 80 one-person or group shows throughout the United States.
His work is included in numerous public and private collections throughout
the world. After his retirement he found a studio near Iowa City and plans
to remain in the area.
M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor
for the 1997-98 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art through the
University of Iowa Foundation.
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City,
is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots
across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni
Center, which is just north of the museum.
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ADAPTATION OF IBSEN'S 'DOLL HOUSE,' MARCH 26-28 -- The University Theatres
Gallery series will present Edris Cooper's new adaptation of Hendrik Ibsen's
"A Doll House" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 26-28,
and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29 in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre
Building. The audience at the March 27 performance will be invited to remain
for a discussion.
Ibsen's frequently-produced classic is a subject of on-going scholarly
and critical interest, and a new adaptation by Irish playwright Frank McGuiness
recently closed on Broadway after a successful run. The scholarly interest
is so detailed that even the play's title has come under scrutiny -- the
English translation "A Doll's House" has now been supplanted
by "A Doll House," more accurately reflecting the play's themes
One of the questions addressed in the adaptation of "A Doll House"
is the possibility of women finding freedom in the institution of marriage.
Cooper has adapted the script in light of contemporary American concepts
of love and marriage: "I have tried to discover in this adaptation
things we have inherited as a result of feminist culture, whose movement
has resonated on-stage in productions of this play. I have especially tried
to look for those things that speak to the other side of that, because
I believe that a really good play doesn't answer questions for us, but
poses them, so that not only one side can be represented in the text."
A veteran of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Cooper is a Patricia Roberts
Harris Fellow in the UI department of theatre arts. She directed Robert
Alexander's "A Preface to the Alien Garden" for University Theatres
mainstage last season, and Lee Simon's "The Bow Wow Club" last
spring for the Iowa Playwrights Festival.
Other artistic contributors to the production of "A Doll House"
include set designer Alan Morti, lighting designer Kelly Perkins, costume
designer Tony Zika and sound designer Sean Williams.
Admission to "A Doll House" will be $4 ($2 for UI students,
senior citizens and youth 17 and younger) at the door.
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POET BEDIENT READS MARCH 28 -- Poet Cal Bedient will read from his most
recent work at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 28 in Room 101 of the Becker Communications
Studies Building at the University of Iowa. The reading, sponsored by the
Iowa Writers' Workshop and Prairie Lights Books, is free and open to the
Bedient is a professor of English at UCLA and is the author of several
books of literary criticism, as well as his recently published collection
of poetry "Candy Necklace," which has been widely praised.
In "Candy Necklace" Bedient explores a wide range of familiar
emotional landscapes, including the constellation of the family, love and
profound loss, and his work is always deeply intimate and verbally original.
The brutality of both public and private experience finds reckoning in
these intricate new poems.
Former UI faculty member and U.S. poet laureate Robert Hass wrote in
the Boston Review that "Candy Necklace" is "alive in every
direction . . . an altogether unexpected and brilliant poetic debut."
Donald Revell describes the collection as "poems with an edge that
makes them truly vivid and literally astonishing."