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Release: March 26, 2001
Actor, author Booth to lecture on 'Everyday Work of Art' April 4
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Broadway actor, teacher and author Eric Booth will lecture
on "The Everyday Work of Art" from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April
4 in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall on the University of Iowa campus.
"We define art, and relate to it, with understandings that push it
to the periphery of society and everyday life," Booth says in describing
his lecture. "Meanwhile, we all participate in the invisible work of
art throughout the day. Discover the redefinition of art that has turned art
upside down around the country -- it will change the way you think about art,
Booth will be on the UI campus from Wednesday, April 4 through Friday, April
6, meeting with UI faculty and staff, conducting workshops and giving other
lectures on and off campus. Just before his lecture Wednesday, Booth will
give a reading from 4 to 5 p.m. at Iowa Book and Supply, 8 S. Clinton St.
And Thursday morning, from 10 to 11 a.m., he will be a guest on WSUI AM 910's
"Iowa Talks" live call-in program, a show that will be rebroadcast
at 10 p.m. that night.
Alexander Bernstein, president of the Leonard Bernstein Education Through
the Arts Fund, says Booth "shows us how much our day-to-day experiences
are already shaped by our own creative tools, and how we can be further inspired,
surprised and enthralled by all that we do and learn."
After earning a master's degree in fine arts from Stanford University, Booth
launched a 20-year career in theater that included acting in six Broadway
plays, among them "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" with Mary Tyler Moore,
"Golda" with Anne Bancroft," "Caesar and Cleopatra"
with Rex Harrison and "Design for Living," directed by George C.
In addition to his stage work, Booth has taught theater at Stanford University
and at New York University. In 1993, when the Leonard Bernstein Center was
formed, Booth was hired as the founding director of its Teacher Center. Currently,
he is a faculty member at The Juilliard School, where he co-designs and teaches
arts and education and leads the Morse Fellowship program.
Booth is also an entrepreneur, having founded Alert Publishing Inc. in 1985.
Collecting and synthesizing all the research done on the lifestyles and trends
of Americans, his flagship newsletter Research Alert quickly became the largest
in the United States reporting on such trends. He wrote and published three
books in 1991 and 1992, including "Future Vision: The189 Most Important
Trends for the 1990s"; "Attracting the Affluent: America's First
Guide to the Emerging Ultimate Market"; and "The Lifestyle Odyssey:
The Factual Story Behind the Changes Touching Our Lives."
Booth's lecture is supported by the University of Iowa Office of the Provost,
the Wendall F. Miller Fund, the Center for Teaching, and UI College of Education's
Division of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Student Development and its Art
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of
Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires
an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Reta
Litton in advance at 335-5275.