The Baum Gallery of Fine Art at the University of Central Arkansas announces the public screening of Dancer, acclaimed art film by Dara Friedman in the Ida Waldran Auditorium September 27-29, 2012.

Dara Friedman, born in 1968 in Germany, is a Miami-based filmmaker and artist. Critically-acclaimed Friedman has shown her work all across the United States as well as overseas including a comprehensive show of her work in Sweden. The artist is known for presenting simple human experiences using unconventional and structuralist film techniques, and Dancer is no different.

Co-produced by the Miami Art Museum, Dancer documents the multi-cultural dance talent of Miami, Florida in the spring of 2011. Friedman uses the urban and lush Miami landscape as a backdrop for her 25 minute film; which captures 66 performers in 40 segments. Every style of dance is represented in single and partner performances: modern, ballet, break, belly, pole, ballroom, as well as skateboarding and voguing just to name a few. Dancer is presented in grainy black and white film with dubbed music that highlights the impromptu nature of the piece.

"We are thrilled to be able to screen this internationally acclaimed film here in Arkansas," said Baum Gallery director Barclay McConnell, "and that we are able to present it to the public for free."

Dara Friedman’s Dancer will be shown at UCA’s Ida Waldran Auditorium on September 27th, 28th, and 29th at 2:00 p.m. each day. This screening is held in conjunction with the visiting Mirazozo Luminarium by Architects of Air on the same days at UCA. This film contains brief nudity and visitors with children may wish to preview before entering. Admission is free and open to the public and no ticket is required.

The Baum Gallery of Fine Art is an educational art museum, serving as a learning lab for the students, faculty, and staff at the University of Central Arkansas and as a cultural resource for the entire Arkansas community. The Director and Faculty Exhibitions Committee select national and international touring exhibitions, sponsor juried student shows, and cooperate across disciplines to curate original exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment. The gallery hosts exhibitions and events that invite interaction and encourage dialogue about visual art: the creators, studio processes, history, criticism, curation, and cultural contexts. The gallery maintains institutional memberships in the Arkansas Museums Association, the Association of College and University Museums and Galleries, and the American Association of Museums.