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Dazzle Crawl brings art, installations to Iowa City storefronts

Parade of art, featuring diverse viewpoints, steps off 5 p.m. Friday

Costumes designed by Machine Dazzle at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City on Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018. The costumes are used by Taylor Mac in “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” (Abridged) which will be at Hancher Auditorium on Saturday. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Costumes designed by Machine Dazzle at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City on Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018. The costumes are used by Taylor Mac in “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” (Abridged) which will be at Hancher Auditorium on Saturday. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Area artists are taking over windows of downtown businesses Friday (4/27) for Dazzle Crawl, a celebration of radical viewpoints and untold stories in local history.

The event is inspired by Machine Dazzle’s work transforming the windows of Neiman Marcus with costumes from Taylor Mac’s musical theater epic, “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged),” which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (4/28) at Hancher Auditorium.

The displays, installed throughout April, culminate in a parade crawl from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Select locations will have live performances and special one-night art pieces during the crawl, which is presented by Hancher, Flyover Fest, Iowa City Downtown District and Public Space One, with support from the City of Iowa City Public Art Advisory Committee.

Artists and location information:

A Shout out to the Breakers Before Us: Chuy Renteria, Mike Stenerson and Kenny Morgan, 287 N. Linn St. This art installation highlights the dancers and history of the Iowa breaking scene, past and present.

The Vital Cycle of Fire and Growth: Emily and Sayuri Artist Duo, at Willow + Stock, 207 N. Linn St. Paying tribute to the various forms of protest in Iowa City, from the Vietnam War to the present day.

Browns and Nudes: Katherine Simone Reynolds, at the Wesley Student Center/Public Space One, 120 N. Dubuque St. Reflecting upon the language used to describe colors of brown and nude lipsticks found in the beauty aisle, this piece explores the complicated relationship that black women have with being included in the “beauty” part of the beauty industry. This piece is also presented with the support of the Iowa Arts Council.

On the 45th Year of the Emma Goldman Clinic: Bluestockings, at Beadology, 220 E. Washington St. Feminist art collective celebrates the history of Iowa City’s feminist health care and abortion services provider, the Emma Goldman Clinic.

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We Are All Immigrants: Iowa City Community Carnaval Parade Project, at Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. Celebrating Iowa City’s history and patterns of immigration and migration by highlighting the city’s literary- and bio-diversity.

FOAM (Friends of Ana Mendieta): Atom Burke, David Dunlap and John Engelbrecht, at Sculpt, 105 E. College St. This monthlong work in progress unfolds the story of “Ana Mendieta (Foster Child of Iowa).”

Nightlife: Zoe Woodworth, at Revival, 117 E. College St. This installation celebrates the history of LGBT night life in Iowa City — the safe spaces and the Iowa Citians whose presence brought them to life.

Untitled: Frankie Schneckloth at Velvet Coat, 118 E. College St. The Iowa Mountaineers (1940-1996) was one of the most prolific mountaineering clubs in the world, with more than 6,000 members across the globe, climbing more than 1,300 peaks. This installation seeks to capture breathtaking beauty, encouraging people to connect with the natural world and to transform small beginnings to grand adventures.

Guts and Glory: Vero Rose Smith, at Yotopia, 132 S. Clinton St. A tribute to the more than 205,000 Iowa cows that provide probiotic-fueling dairy.

Rising Waters: Alison Filley, at Hands Jewelers, 109 E. Washington St. This installation, made from cardboard and recycled denim jeans, tells the story of how flooding has affected area residents and city planning.

Secret Showcase: Heartland Bombshells, at the Garden Room, 123 E. Washington St. This local burlesque troupe is capping off Dazzle Crawl with an intimate Secret Showcase.

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