SDSU collaborators for the upcoming “An Evening with Dunn’s Feminine Images” show will present a panel discussion titled, “Cross-Artistic Collaboration: From Page to Stage,” at the Great Plains Writers’ Conference on Monday, March 25 at 2 p.m. in SDSU’s Student Union.
The April 10-11 multi-dimensional performances will showcase the artwork of Harvey Dunn through poetry, music, animation and dance. The Dunn paintings that will be depicted in the show include “The Prairie is my Garden,” “After the Blizzard,” “Girl Driving Oxen” and “Fixing Fence.”
Performances will be held April 10 and 11 at the Performing Arts Center on the campus South Dakota State University. Tickets are free, but they must be obtained ahead of time at the South Dakota Art Museum on campus. Call 605-688-5423 after April 1 to reserve tickets.
Both nights, the show’s collaborators will gather for a post-show discussion following the 7:30
“Our hope is to give audiences a new understanding of the artwork of Harvey Dunn while offering some insight into the prairie experience that’s part of our heritage,” said Darla Bielfeldt, an instructor in the English department whose poems inspired by Dunn’s paintings are incorporated into the show’s “soundscape.”
Bielfeldt notes that Dunn’s own quotes on art, as recorded by one of his students in “An Evening in the Classroom,” will also be part of the presentation.
“This performance has brought together many departments of the College of Arts and Sciences,” Bielfeldt said, “and it involves more than 50 students who are getting a new insight into Dunn’s artwork as well as learning about the power of collaboration.”
“An Evening with Dunn’s Feminine Images” is projected to be a just the first part of a larger work, potentially three times as long, that should be ready by spring 2015.
SDSU colleagues who collaborated on this show include dance choreographer, Dr. Melissa Hauschild-Mork; poet, Darla Bielfeldt; composer, Dr. Aaron Ragsdale; animator, Cable Hardin; and sculptor, Lynn Verschoor.
For more information, email Darla.Bielfeldt@sdstate.edu.