Walters expects crowds at Kuwaiti art exhibitThe opening...


November 04, 1990|By Eric Siegel

Walters expects crowds at Kuwaiti art exhibit

The opening of "Islamic Art and Patronage: Selections From Kuwait" at the Walters Art Gallery is still a month away, but museum officials are expecting record numbers of visitors for the exhibit.

Spokesman Richard Gorelick says the Walters expects average

daily attendance at the Kuwaiti exhibit, which opens Dec. 9 and runs through Feb. 17, to equal or surpass the 1,000 visitors a day who came to see last year's "Splendor of the Popes: Treasures From the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums and Libraries," the museum's best-attended exhibit in memory.

Even without the interest in the exhibit generated by the Iraq's August invasion of Kuwait, Mr. Gorelick says the show would have been "well-attended"; with it, he says, the show should be a "blockbuster."

Among the publications showing advance interest in the exhibit, which will be opening its American tour at the Walters after being on display at the Hermitage in Leningrad, U.S.S.R., are Art and Antiques, Harper's and Dossier, according to Mr. Gorelick.

Funding the Peabody

Although the Peabody Institute made its state-mandated deadline of raising $15 million in cash and pledges by Sept. 15, and had the release of the first installment of $30 million in state aid approved by the Board of Public Works last month, officials are not leaving future funding to chance.

Jacques T. Schlenger, chairman of the Peabody Advisory Council, has sent a letter to the Peabody's alumni and supporters asking them to write Gov. William Donald Schaefer to let the governor know that they "appreciate what he has done for the Institute and are counting on him for his continuing support."

Mr. Schlenger said in the letter that he is seeking to ensure that "funds will continue to flow to Peabody even during a time of projected state budget deficits."

"You should be aware that no legislative action in any given year is binding on a future legislature," he wrote. "Each year it will be up to the Governor to include in his budget the funds promised to Peabody in the 1990 legislative session -- and up to the General Assembly to approve again the request."

In the budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, the state appropriated $5.4 million for the conservatory. Of that sum, $3 million was for annual operating support. The other $2.4 million was for the first of five scheduled payments that, with interest, will total $15 million by 1996; the state will then transfer that money to the school's endowment fund in 1996 in return for the title to the Peabody's extensive art collection.

AIDS Day activities

School 33 Art Center is sponsoring a quilt-making workshop on Dec. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of national AIDS Awareness Day in commemoration of members of the arts community who have lost their lives to the disease. The workshop is being held to support the Names Project Memorial Quilt.

The workshop is free, but organizers strongly suggest that those interested register by Nov. 17. For more information, call Peter Dubeau at 396-4641.

Also, the Museum for Contemporary Arts has issued an open call for a show as part of AIDS Day. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 24. Works selected will be on exhibit at the Famous Ballroom, 1717 N. Charles St., through Dec. 22, from noon to 8 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, call 462-3515.

Master dance class

New York choreographer and dancer David Rousseve will hold a two-hour master class for intermediate and advanced students Thursday at 7 p.m. in the University of Maryland Baltimore County's Fine Arts Studio 317.

The fee is $10, and the class is limited to 25 performers. Others may observe the class free but are advised to call for registration since seating is limited.

Mr. Rousseve, visiting artist-in-residence at UMBC this fall, will perform in a joint concert Nov. 16. with the Phoenix Repertory Dance Company, UMBC's resident troupe, and the Laughing Bodies Dance Theater of Roanoke, Va. Tickets for the concert are $10 general admission and $6 for students and seniors.

For information, call 455-2476.

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