Welcome to Art a la Carte. I'm Journal-World arts editor Mindie Paget.
One of the questions children ask when visiting the Spencer Museum of Art is whether the pieces on the walls and pedestals are real. The answer is yes, of course, and the museum is hoping to drive that point home by drawing attention to a little-used collection that loans original artworks to area classrooms for up-close inspection. The "Classroom Collection," which includes 29 pieces donated by artists with local ties, has been dusted off for an exhibition at CornerBank. A public reception lasts until 7 p.m. today, and the show remains on view through Oct. 31.
A Kansas University theater alumnus who graduated in 1968 and went on to carve out an accomplished career in stage, film and television returns to play a role in University Theatre's production of "Translations." Kip Niven stars in the drama set in rural Ireland in 1833 that explores the troubled lives of characters struggling to adjust to the shifting world around them. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall.
And on view now in the North Gallery at the Spencer Museum of Art is a show that shines the spotlight on the city that never sleeps. "A New York Picture Post: Gotham in the 20th Century" draws on works from the museum's collection to explore 100 years of the New York experience through the lenses of such noted photographers as Alfred Stieglitz, Walker Evans and Lee Friedlander. It will be on display through December 8.
I'm Mindie Paget with Art a la Carte.