CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 19, 2001
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
MFA PERFORMANCE APRIL 27 -- "MFA Performance Spectacular," four
performances featuring current and recent MFA graduates of the University
of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday,
April 27 at the UI Museum of Art.
The performances are presented as preview of the museums annual show
of work by current MFA graduates. That exhibition, "MFA 2000-2001,"
will be shown at the museum May 4-June 3.
Performances will be presented in various separate locations within the
museum. Performers will be Hayley Barker, a graduate in intermedia; Danielle
Taylor, a graduate in painting; Darrell Taylor and Mark McCusker, recent graduates
in intermedia; and Adam Wolpa, a graduate in printmaking.
Barker will present a 26-minute video of abstracted landscapes. During the
showing, she will read a poetic memoir about her childhood in California.
"The text I read focuses mainly on places my family visited as tourists,
homes we lived in for short time periods, the death of my pets, alien encounters,
and natural history museums," she said. "The language I use is full
Danielle Taylor will create a drawing on the floor, using dirt and her hands.
She explained that "the conceptual backdrop comes directly from my written
MFA thesis, a short story about a woman who makes a similar drawing every
day for 10 years. Visually, it relates to a series of drawings I have been
doing since last October. . . . I see this performance as a sort of live action
version of the work I have been doing for six months."
Darrell Taylor and McCusker will present a collaborative piece.
Wolpa will present "Goodbye Edward, Goodbye," a funeral for Edward
Weiss, a fictional local critic who is Wolpas alter ego. Wolpa said,
"The funeral will consist of a eulogy, a tribute speech, and three hymns
with organ music. There will be a procession with the casket carried by my
thesis committee. This piece speaks about the nature of an artwork as it enters
a museum, the graduate experience at the UI and spiritual truths. The subtle
humor of this piece is reminiscent of Weisss persona."
Some performances will include material of an adult nature. Potential audience
members who are concerned if the performance is suitable for them may call
(319) 335-1727 for more information.
M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor
for events at the UI Museum of Art during the 2000-2001 season, through the
University of Iowa Foundation.
For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima
on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is
open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays. Admission is free.