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ARTS

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, March 19, 1986

Page 5

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jMuseum brings diversity

By Lisa Leavitt
Isolated in the midst of an expan-
sive and empty desert, a woman
desperately wanders in search of
some sign of life. Gradually sinking in
quicksand up to her waist she
stuggles futilely to get to the land
just beyond her reach. Surreal and
nightmarish, this scene embodies
overwhelming gloom as the common
fear of complete alienation is
visualized.
The sensation created in this work
by Salvador Dali is quite opposite
from the feeling one gets when
visiting the new exhibit at the Univer-
sity of Michigan Museum of Art.
Surrounded by life in the form of over
one hundered works of art from a
wide range of cultures, time periods,
and media, the observer can view the
finest works of public collections from
all over the state of Michigan in the
Michigan Masterpieces exhibition.
There is incredible diversity in this

celebratory exhibition compiled by
the Detroit Institute of Arts. Im-
pressive artists included in this major
show are Rembrandt, Picasso, and El
Greco. Cultures from all over the
world such as Asian, African,
European, and American are
represented. The exhibit encom-
passes art ranging from Greek sculp-
ture from the second century B.C. to
abstract art of the twentieth century.
Composing wildly brilliant colors
and swirling shapes in four expressive
compositions, the works of Henri
Matisse create an intense feeling of
movement.
The German Expressionist
movement is represented by Kathe
Kollwitz's Woman and Death. This
gruesome and disturbing black and
white etching portrays a woman in
agony. Entangled with a terrifying
skeleton representing death and a
small child, the woman cries out in
desperation. As death pulls her one
way, the innocent child symbolizing life

grasps onto her breast. The woman,
torn between the two, lunges for life.
Two contemporaries, Emil Nolde
and Paul Klee, are juxtaposed in the
exhibition. Though the works of both
are created in watercolor, the two
styles are very different. While
Klee's work is linear and geometric,
Nolde's work is full of vibrant color
and void of any lines whatsoever.
Though his sculpture called
Alphabet Good Humor is a free stan-
ding and juicy looking popsicle, it
definitely does not look good enough to
eat. In fact, it looks as if part of a
brain, squishy and convuluted, has
been shoved on to a stick. Doesn't
sound too tasty does it? If one looks,
closely enough, they will see that the
convolutions are actually letters of
the alphabet. The Exhibit will be
shown through April 9. Check it out
and enjoy.

'Female Transport', at the Performance Network, stars (clockwise) Eli Tucker, Amanda Sutton,
Jane Gire, Maureen McGee, Marina Seeman and Jean Graham.
hA moo saiing

Gargoyle: Apathy rules

By Dave Turner
As the Ann Arbor area moves in-
to one of the busiest theatre times
of the year, an interested play-goer
should make an effort to get to the
Performance Network over the
next couple of weeks to see their
presentation of Female Transport.
The play offers a variety of themes
and ideas to the audience without
banging them over the head with
any one in particular, and leaves
the viewer well enhanced by the
experience.
Female Transport is written by
English playwrite Steve Gooch and
tells the story of six female
prisoners on a voyage to Austrailia
during the early nineteenth cen-
tury. The women are seen as
lamentable products of a society
which treats them as captives even
when they are not imprisoned, and
their enchained situation further
enhances this idea. The cast is

filled out by four males whose job
it is to serve different authorities'
interest in the prisoners. The cap-
tain sees the women as cattle who
must reach their destination so
that he can be paid, and the
surgeon upholds their physical
value by keeping them at sub-
sistence level. The play is a very
physical one in which the
prisoner's spiritual and human
desires are constantly ignored.
Director Pauline Gagnon, a
theatre student at the U of M, of-
fers the audience an interesting
political, economic, and historical
view besides the more obvious
human one. These factors, always
being juxtaposed with the human
ones, make it sometimes hard to
get a firm grasp on the play, but,
this is obviously the intent. This
requires a little work from the
audience, but this is a welcome ef-
fort which gives the play a lasting
effect.
The cast is an accomplished one,

although some characters are
more fully developed than others.
Maureen McGee is a real standout
as the card shark Winnie, as is
Jennifer Graham in the role of the
politically-minded Nance. This
character utters some of the play's
most memborable lines, such as
"It's time we hollered, ain't it?"
when the prisoners report a suicide
to the crew. The victim of the
suicide is Pitty, whose character
was unfortunatley underplayed in
her few outbursts. The men fulfill
their cold, professional roles well,
although the more humanitarian
sides of the Surgeon and Tommy
could do with a little more emotion.
This production is an enriching
addition to the abundance of
theatre currently being produced
in the area, and its thematic ap-
proach is truly unique and rewar-
ding. It continues at the Perfor-
mance Network Thursdays
through Sundays until March 30.
Call 663-0681 for ticket information.

By Nicole Pinsky
Berke Breathed is laid up, space
shuttle jokes are in poor taste, and
campus politics just aren't funny
anymore. University students are
starved for a good, cheap laugh-yet
many aren't even aware that a humor
magazine is published by students
right here on campus. It's the
Gargoyle, written and drawn in the
Harvard Lampoon spirit of poking fun
at absolutely everything. The Garg
has a seventy-five year history of
hilarity and hijinks, and the latest
issue (publication date, "March-ish,
1986") is the funniest in a long while.
The new issue's theme is "Apathy"
(ironically, and perhaps inten-
tionally, it was originally scheduled to
come out in December), and it aims
to spark some humor and activism on
the "pasty" Michigan campus. No
clique is spared by the Angry Young
A defense
against cancer can be
cooked up in your kitchen.
Call us.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
VOTE!!! VOTE!!! VOTE!!!
1986
GOVERNING BOARD
ELECTIONS
MARCH 17-21,9 AM -5 PM
or mail in your ballot by March 21*
AT fJW 1429 HILL ST.
Any student on the ili mailing list
before FEB. 14, 1986, is eligible to vote!!
MAILED BALLOTS MUST BE IN
THE HILLEL OFFICE
NO LATER THAN MARCH 21

Souls who compiled this issue, and
they even manage to get their
message across: laughing at our own
passivity, we begin to question it. Af-
ter all, why is it that, as editor Danny
Plotnick moans, "nobody buys the
Garg?" If nothing else-and it is
something else-the "Apathy" issue
is a great sales ploy.
The new Gargoyle doesn't limit its
targets to Ann Arbor, by any means:.
two of the funniest things in it are an
exchange of letters with Marvel
Comics over a possible lawsuit and a
comic-strip rendering of a no-holds
barred game show. The Garg's han-
dling of nuclear war, Cherry Choke,
South Africa, and other worldly con-
cerns is so professional that Univer-

sity students experience a proud thrill
to recognize their very own Village
Corner in a photo comic at the end of
the issue.
If the Garg has had a fault in the
past, it's been exclusivity: some past
issues have seemed like little more
than a series of private jokes between
the editors. The present issue,
however, avoids this pitfall: we can
all relate to CODE and jaded hippies.
Read it for the spoof of USA Today.
Read it for "Harold Shapiro: A Day in
the Life." Read it because it's the
University's own and in dire financial
straits. But do read the "Apathy"
Gargoyle: It's genuinely funny, and
that's more than you can say for
Newsweek.

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By Brian Hall
The Official Story is a beautifully
told tale of human drama. With mar-
velous direction, brilliant performan-
ces, and an overall superior script, it
is well worth seeing. Made in Argen-
tina, the film has finally reached Ann
Arbor after receiving numerous ac-
colades everywhere it has been
shown. It stars veteran stage actress
Norma Aleandro as Alicia and Hector
Alterio as Roberto and was written
and directed by Luis Puenzo.
The Official Story is about a
woman's search for the truth
surrounding her adopted daughter's
origins. The movie centers around
Alicia, a history teacher who one day
tells her students that "no people's
can survive without memories." The
film will exploit this statement to
mean that no peoples, or persons,
should live without memories, and
that they must honestly face the past,
if there is to be a better future.,
Roberto and Alicia are a happily
married couple with a beautiful,
adopted daughter named Gaby.
They are very well off and live what
initially appears to be a normal
existence. For Alicia, this existence
will soon be shattered, when an old
friend recounts her horror of being
imprisoned by the former military
government. She tells Alicia about
the great number of women who had
been imprisoned and had their babies
taken away from them. Alicia is
shocked. Could her beloved baby ac-
tually have been the child of a woman
imprisoned by the former regime?
She becomes compelled to find the
truth.
Puenzo frequently exposes the
viewer to the love and closenss shared
between Alicia and Gaby and shows
how protective of her child she is. The
director places this in opposition to
those women who were thrown in
prison and could not become close to
or protect their children. They were
taken away and given to those people
whom the government knew would
'ask no questions."
The statement "ask no questions"
i begins to take on particular relevan-

while others around her were living in
poverty, or being imprisoned, or
murdered. She had never once
questioned her husband about how he
came to adopt Gaby. "I always
believed what anyone told me, now I
can't." "I always thought that her
mother didn't want her." But, the
more she begins to question her own
self, the stronger she becomes, and
the more determined she is to find the
truth.
The film is not perfect, however.
The director's constant efforts to jux-
tapose Alicia's search for the truth
with her everyday life at times

becomes annoying, and frequently
undercuts the emotion expressed in
the preceeding scene. This is a minor
problem, however and the viewer un-
derstands what the movie is trying to
say. Despite the world's occasional
atrocities, there is certainly room for
hope, and as individuals, we can make
a difference. Our fellow man's plight
should always concern us and we
shotld never make them suffer so we
can prosper. Living in an imperialist
country, this film takes on particular
importance. It is one of the few films
that could possibly make the viewer
really question his lifestyle.

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