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Release: April 19, 2001


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 museum’s 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 of metaphors"

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 Wolpa’s 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 Weiss’s 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.

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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.