Mission Creek, UI Opera and More for April IAS

Mar 30, 2017

Let IPR’s Iowa Arts Showcase keep you in the loop during one of the busiest months of the year! This month’s Showcase features:

·         Timothy Shipe, curator of the International Dada Archive at University of Iowa Libraries, filling us in on the Dada exhibit at the UI Main Library Gallery in Iowa City

·         Dean of Iowa State’s College of Ag and Life Science, Wendy Wintersteen, and Lynette Pohlman, Director and Chief Curator of University Museums, sharing details about ISU’s portrait-painting sessions “Faces of Iowa State”

·         IPR’s Tony Dehner investigating this year’s Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City

·         And University of Iowa opera director Bill Theisen delving into the UI Opera’s upcoming production of The Pirates of Penzance

Curator of the International Dada Archive at University of Iowa Libraries, Timothy Shipe, fills us in on the the “Disseminating Dada” exhibit at the UI Main Library Gallery in Iowa City. From 1916 to 1923, a new kind of artistic movement swept Europe and America. More than a mere art movement, Dada claimed to be an agent of cultural, social, and political change. Its proponents wanted to affect all aspects of Western civilization, to take part in the revolutionary changes unfolding as inevitable results of the chaos of World War I. The exhibit shows how the Dadaists used their publications to spread the movement beyond its origins in Zurich, and is on display now until April 28th.

Dean of Iowa State’s College of Ag and Life Science, Wendy Wintersteen, and Lynette Pohlman, Director and Chief Curator of University Museums, sharing details about their annual portrait-painting sessions entitled “Faces of Iowa State.” Maquoketa artist Rose Frantzen, who drew state fair goers last August to the Iowa State exhibit where she painted 19 portraits in 11 days, will come to the ISU campus now through April 6th to continue her work. During her residency in the Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill Hall, Frantzen will paint the portraits of 13 more Iowa Staters.

IPR’s own Tony Dehner investigates this year’s Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City! Tony interviews Joe Tiefenthaler, Program Director for Literature, and Andre Perry, Festival Director, about the annual music and art festival that focuses on music performances, literary readings, film screenings, public lectures, local food culture, and educational outreach. Nestled in the heart of downtown Iowa City, Mission Creek thrives on intimacy and cross-medium experiences, turning music lovers onto new literature, writers onto new music, and expanding appreciation of arts, community, and culture. The festival is presented and produced by The Englert Theatre, Iowa City’s 104-year-old historic performing arts organization.

Opera director at the University of Iowa, Bill Theisen, delves into the UI Opera Theatre’s upcoming production of Sullivan and Gilbert’s The Pirates of Penzance. The two-act comic operetta tells the tale of a pirate apprentice, Frederic, and his coming of age.