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June 16, 1977 - Image 7

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ht)r-aov. June 16, 1977

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Seven

Artrain wows 'em with
rolling plunder revue

By DENISE FOX
There's an innocuous-
looking freight train creep-
ing across the country this
summer, filled with sculp-
ture, photos, art objects,
and 19th and 20th Century
paintings.
No, it's not the private
treasure trove of an eccen-
tric railway millionaire or
or a secret shipment of ob-
jects d'art looted by the
Nazis - it's Artrain, a roll-
ing display of Americana.
THE SIX CAR TRAIN,
located on tracks just
north of Stadium Boule-
vard near the Athletic
Campus, will be here until
July 31. Artrain is open
Wednesday through Sun-
day from noon to 7 p.m.,
and admission is free.
The whole thing is billed
as "an expression of the

CAPTIVATED by the turning of the wheel as well as by the
throwing of the pot, Anna Martin's audience looks on while
she demonstrates what Artrain is all about. Anna, the pot-
tery and the Artrain will be around until July 31.

creative American spirit",
and its six exhibits offer a
wide sampling of American
culture.
"The American Land"
concentrates on o l d e r
paintings, primarily from
the 19th Century. One is a
"Panoramic View of De-
troit," painted in 1855.
"A Comparison of 19th
and 20th Century Objects"
is just what the brochure
says it is. Displayed side by
side are an old tapestry
and a pair of denims
which won a prize for the
best embroidered pair of
jeans; aluminum beer cans
and a hand made beer bot-
tle; a carefully designed
'handmade chair and a
plastic, machine - made
chair.
"IN THE old days you
went with your beer bottle
to get the beer," explained
volunteer aide Margo Fish-
er. "That's a lot better as
far as ecology is concern-
ed."
All tours of the train are
at a "visitor controlled
pace", which presumably
means you aren't thrown
off the caboose on a mov-
ing conveyor belt, and mir-
rors combine with a wind-
ing "traffic pattern" to
lessen the feeling of being
in a thin space.
Other notable exhibits
include "A Salute to the
American People by Pho-
tos," an entrancing display
of photos from about 1920
to the present. Framed by
Iw ' s

mirrors and lights and
backed by Judy Collins
singing "Salt of the Earth",
pictures of people from all
walks of life flash' on and
off.
AS THE Mick Jagger!
Keith Richard lyric "let's
drink to the hard-working
people" drifts by, farmers,
politicians, old p e o p 1 e,
young people, slum houses,
and children working in
sweat shops appear.
Another photo exhibit,
"Michigan at the Turn of
the Century", captures the
mood of that time with pic-
tures of horse - drawn car-
riages and old storefronts,
including several shots of
old Ann Arbor. "Fast Ex-
pression MGRR", taken
here, pictures an old train
zooming through the city.
Visitor Robert Blackshur
said the Michigan exhibit
was his favorite. "You see
something and try to find
out how it was in the past,"
he commented.'
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