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Page 40-Thursday, September 7, 1978-The Michigan Daily

The. Finer
Things
After you get settled in your
new University home, you will
probably start looking for some
refreshing ways to pass the time
(even though there's always
some school work you could be
doing). The need for ex-
tracurricular diversion will
ultimately become most
pressing.
Since these activities are not
totally necessary to a complete
college education yet provide a
fulfilling addition to University
life, we bring you The Finer
Things. This is a guide to all the>
diverse entertainment options of-
fered to you from the University
and the Ann Arbor area.
So, to take your mind off your
texts, course requirements and
pressures, turn to the finer things
in life to divert you and ease into
a thorough University experien-
ce. Have a good time while you're
here.
-The Editors

'U'

museums: From

mastodons to mummies

By JUDY RAKOWSKY
No matter how well a textbook or a
professor can describe an object, it's
always better to see the real thing. So
cast off your old perceptions of
museums as musty, boring, places
where drawling tour guides blindly lead
patrons past shelves of obscure artifac-
ts.
The campus area contains three
major museums for you to investigate,
contemplate and savor.
IF YOU ARE concentrating in Art
History, you undoubtedly will spend
endless hours in the University of
Michigan Museum of Art on State St.
Nature and history lovers will be
especially interested in Ruthven
Museum of Natural Science hemmed
by Geddes Rd., and other relic relishers
can languish in the tomb-like Kelsey
Museum of Archaeology, also on State
St. A tight budget is no excuse for
eluding the arms of history and culture,

for none of the University
charge an admission fee.

museums

The Natural Science Museum is the
best-known of the lot, more for its
legendary than intellectual auspices.
Most likely, you have heard by now the
reason why the two pumas flanking the
museum's doorway have not roared for
at least 25 years.
The exhibits on the ground floor of the
Natural Science Museum take the
visitor back in time as far as 25 million
years with specimens of mammoth
fossilized beasts. A hulking mastodon, a
precarious 7,000-year-old female,
leaves many visitors gaping at her
monstrous skeletal remains. And it is
difficult to tell whether the dinosaurs or
the sharks have the most ferocious
fangs.
University students can mingle with
their elementary school counterparts
outside the museum, as frantic Cub
Scout and Brownie leaders try to corral
their young charges who delight in
climbing the pumas.

THE GOTHIC-LIKE Kelsey Museum
of Archeology on State St. guides the
visitor down a path paved by human ar-
tifacts from all over the world
throughout the ages. Egyptian sar-
cophaguses and ancient pottery are
among the museum's major attrac-
tions. Many Kelsey features have been
dug up by University archaeologists
and some have been donated and
loaned by other institutions. The Kelsey
Museum often brings in special exhibits
which remain on campus for short
periods of time.
Angular metallic sculptures greet the
visitor to the University's Museum of
Art. 'However, they do not indicate the
orientation of the place, as there are
works from Medieval times to the
present in every imaginable medium.
Warhol's Marilyn Monroe radiates off
one screen while Jean-Baptiste's oils
are just a few steps away.
A great deal of modern works line the
walls. of the former Alumni Hall, but
there is a diverse assortment in the
museum that doubles as a classroom.

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San Blas molas . carved
Peruvian gourds
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aniancient jewelry
Brazilian ceramics
African sculpture

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Daily Photo by ANDY FREEBERG
The sharp angles of the modern sculpture Daedalus rest in the foreground of the
University Museum of Art's classic columns.

Local art offers an eyeful

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By KAREN BORNSTEIN
For years, Ann Arbor has been known
as a growing and innovative art center
for the city is filled with a variety of
exhibits and galleries to satisfy all your
tastes in art.
This is partly due to the unique mix
between the University and the city.
The city provides an open channel for
the creative expression of both students
and artists alike. And artistic ex-
pression is evident everywhere
throughout Ann Arbor, in the brightly
painted murals that spread across the
sides of downtown buildings, in the
large abstract sculptures that are plan-
ted on city lawns, and within the
multitude of "artsy" stores that sell
usually overpriced wallhangings, han-
dcrafted jewelry or ceramic mugs.
Even University of Michigan Art
School students have the opportunity to
exhibit their works in different areas

throughout the
year.

city during the school

ANOTHER MAJOR factor con-
tributing to Ann Arbor's distinctive art
scene, is the Art Fair that takes place
every summer during which local and
out-of-town artists and craftsmen sell
their works in an open market at-
mosphere. But, it is the many different
galleries interspersed throughout the
city that really makes Ann Arbor the
vital art center it is.
The Alice Simsar Gallery, located at
301 N.~Main Street, may be one of the
farthest galleries from campus but
every visit is well worth the walk. One
of the classiest Ann Arbor art galleries,
the Simsar Gallery is small and filled
with charm and intimacy. Extremely
friendly and helpful gallery attendants
are usually available and very willing
to answer questions or discuss and ex-
plain aspects of their current exhibit, in
hopes of making the viewing experien-
ce more insightful and enjoyable.
THE TYPES of exhibits-found at the
Simsar Gallery tend to be projects by
modern artists who are already

somewhat well established in their
field. The exhibits cover the full range
of art media, and have included Robert
Motherwell prints and etchings, sculp-
tural acrylic spheres by Vasa and a
group of eleven hand-dyed muslin
kimonos.
Art Worlds, located at 213% S. Main
contains an art gallery, but much more.
The non-profit center offers fantastic
opportunities for those who are ar-
tistically inclined or just interested in
learning. Inexpensive classes in dance,
darkroom photography, modeling,
ceramics and sculpture are offered
year round by a small teaching staff.
The Art World Studio B Gallery is a
photography gallery with frequent
exhibits by photographers from the
Michigan/Ohio area. Like most
photographs, subject and style varies
intensely with the individual artist. The
different exhibits are distinctive, and
don't follow a specific trend.
AT GALLERY ONE, 113 S. Fourth
Avenue, the emphasis is on art for the
sake of fun and sheer pleasure. The
exhibits tend to be by unknown artists
who often teach their craft. Their works

aren't restricted to only one form of
media, but involve everything from
ceramics tooil paints and sculpture.
Most of the exhibits do succeed in
being fun and enjoyable, making a trip
to the gallery a very pleasant experien-
ce. "Swing" sculptors have hung their
works from the Gallery One ceiling,
begging for someone to come take a
spin on them, while the walls are
usually hung with projects that over-
flow with vivid, eye-catching color.
Hours at Gallery One are Tuesday
through Saturday 11-5:30 and Sunday 2-
5.
The University of Michigan Art
Museum, located in Alumni Memorial
Hall right next to Angell Hall, has one of
the most extensive permanent collec-
tions of Chinese and Japanese art. Two
separate galleries are devoted to
Chinese and Japanese scrolls,
calligraphy, watercolors and ceramics.
Upstairs is the museum's permanent
collection of European and American
paintings, and sculpture dated from the
Middle Ages to the present.
DESPITE THE Museum's intense
security, which often creates an at-
mosphere not too conducive to the
viewing of its art, there are always
monthly or more lengthy exhibits that
are well worth seeing. Coming in the
fall are two excellent exhibits - works
by James Whistler and paintings by
Japanese monks and scholars. Museum
hours are Monday through Saturday 9-
5, and Sunday 1-5.
The Michigan Union Gallery, located
on the first floor of the Michigan Union,
has monthly exhibits that cover the full
range of the art spectrum:
photographs, drawings, prints, painting
sculpture and batik. Although the
works tend to be by artists from the
state of Michigan and/or the Mid-
western area, the Union Gallery oc-
casionally exhibits work by very
prominent artists such as Imogen Cun-
ningham, whose photographs were
displayed last fall.

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