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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 17, 1986 - Page 9

Kahn exhibition reveals
monuments of old Europe

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By Karen Josefsberg
Enter the Museum of Art on
State Street. Ascend the winding
staircase to the Corridor Gallery.
Approach the grey and black sign
reading: "Albert Kahn Architectural
Studies." Prepare to embark on a
memorable journey.
The corridor is filled with an
assortment of Albert Kahn's
astonishing works, or reactions, to
a variety of interesting European
monuments from his "student-year"
abroad in1891. This extraordinary
exhibit presents powerful drawings
by Kahn, who is also the designer
of many structures in Detroit and
on the University campus.
After receiving a traveling
scholarship, Albert Kahn artist
arrived in Europe, extremely poor,
yet enthusiastic to begin recording
his observations of the intriguing,
ornamented edifices. The detailed
drawings display superlative work -
manship on both historical and art-
historical levels. Kahn beautifully
recorded monuments no longer in
existence, and bountifully influ -
enced later artists and designs. His
innovative sketching represented
structures in Europe shown in an
impressive style.
Most of the material is sketched
in pencil, while several works make
use of ink. The techniques and
themes intertwine and evolve as
Kahn excelled as an artist and man.
His first few works record with
boyish imagination; the elaborate,
Gothic, and Renaissance decorations
are implied in the Italian structures.
But, the romance moves away from
the works as Kahn himself matures.
The development is evident through
the designs.
The wonderfully decorative
designs in Germany demanded
attention in the summer months.
The structures he noted in July
generate appeal, radiance, and
historical importance. Products of
a skilled creator's consistent,
growing enthusiasm, are captured in
these works.
Kahn's repetitious patterns and
interplays between lines and sur -
faces fascilitate fascinating motifs.

Overwhelming designs in France
depict sensitive details which de -
scribe Detroit homes like his own.
While in Brittany, Kahn moved
away from usual patterns to other
methods of conveying works. After
intense studies and sketching
throughout Europe as a student,
Kahn's growing abilities as an art -
ist emerged. Later works developed
out of his transition into a mature
craftsman. Dramatic changes are
expressed in chronological order in
the exhibit, as he travels from Italy

to France, Germany, and Belgium.
The rust and black colored grease
pencils used in the fall of1891 add
heavy lines to Kahn's sketches.,
Prompted by a new awareness of
his strengths as an artist, the shift
symbolizes the growth as an artist
and man. Kahn's confidence is
(clearly conveyed through these
sketches, as is his superior talent.
These journeys, which gave him
the opportunity for inward growth
and expansion, also contribute to
the world of art.

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
GRADUATE PROGRAM
We invite Chemical Engineering Seniors and those in Chemistry or related
majors to apply to the M.S. and Ph.D. Programs in Chemical Engineering.
Assistantship and Fellowship stipends up to $15,000 are available now
and for Fall 1986-87 for study in Biotechnology, Composite Materials,
Polymer Science, and other "high tech" areas of Chemical Engineering Re-
search. For information and application materials contact:
DR. D. J. MILLER,Coordinator of Graduate Recruiting
Department of Chemical Engineering
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1226
(517) 355-5135
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
MSU Is An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
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Associated Press
Nobel Soyinka:
Nigerian playwright and author, Wole Soyinka, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature yesterday. Soyinka
is known for his insightful work. For more information see story, page 2.

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them this Sweetest's Day with Fresh Cut Flowers

Records,
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$kipworth and.
Turner
SKIPWORTH AND TURNER
Warner Bros.
"Skipworth and Turner." It rolls
off the tongue almost as smoothly
,as "John Coltrane and Thelonius
Monk." The name resounds of
classic jazz eloquence. The album
cover supports this initial oral
impression; two sophisticated men
sitting on a piano bench, dressed in
suits, one with his fingers on the
- vories, the other with his eyes
closed tight with emotion while
apparently belting out some silky
jazz tune. Oh, no doubt about it, I
was suckered in like an out-of-
towner into a New York street
game of three card monty.
Skipworth and Turner are sort of
a fusion act. Sort of. Not a fusion
between jazz and rock or jazz and
classical, but rather jazz and funk.
'Their music-relies heavily on drum
tracks and synthesisers, not piano
and vocals. Actually, the pictured
ivories and ebonies are hardly heard,
just a lot of black and white plastic,
and Turner's vocals are very
unimpressive; a bunch of, "baby I
want you"'s and an excess of
t'oooh"'s and "aah"'s, but nothing
special in terms of content, range,
or style.
Regardless of the initial diss -
,apointment and lack of concrete.

Roses by the Dozen 20.00 - Sweetheart Roses by the Dozen 15.00
Arrangements available - Special order " Bud Vases 5.00

talent, Skipworth and Turner
does serve a purpose, no matter
how hard to pinpoint. It is slightly,
above average dance music: standard
dance music mixed with ever so
vague jazz overtones.
Superior to Rick James, but no
where close to the Chip Moyer
Trio, or anything else remotely

jazz, Skipworth and Turner is
something that slides onto WJZZ's
format when a D. J., during a
weaker moment, succumbs to
mainstream preasure.
Skipworth and Turner may be
worth some of your time, but none
of your money.
-Akim D. Reinhardt

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One of the year's bestfilms.
Haunting and erotic. i' -Gene Siskel, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Brilliant!"

-Marilyn Beck, CHICAGO TRIBUNE SYNDICATE

Peppenbine Uriivensity
SchooL o Lawi
wishes to announce that an admission officer will be on campus
to speak with anyone interested in pursuing a legal education.
To arrange for an interview or to attend a group session, contact
the office listed below.
DATE: Wednesday, October 22,1986
CONTACT: Career Planning & Placement Office

"William Hurt's sexual chemistry
produces the heat..M.arlee Matlins debut
is a victory9.V -Bruce Williamson, PLAYBOY MAGAZINE
"One of the Best Films of 1986.. .
The most extraordinary love story in many years...
rich and profoundly moving.>. -Michael Medved, SNEAK PREVIEWS
"Ma rlee Matlin in a knock-out
screen debu it. A deeply romantic..
and sexy love story. -Peter Travers, PEOPLE MAGAZINE

MICHIGAN THEATER
(Ann Arbor)
NOVEMBER 3rd - 8:00 PM

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