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MONET BEHIND THE SCENES
After two years of plan
Monet works reunited
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4orillas in the Mist Sigourney Weaver
stars in this film biography of Dian Fossey,
who made the study of African mountain
gorillas her life's work. Nat. Sci. 7 p.m.
Sunday The Jonathan Nossiter-directed film
about an unemployed tax accountant who is
mistaken for a famous director by an out-of-
luck British actress. Mich. 7 p.m.
The Myth of Fingerprints Noah Wyle stars
as one of three siblings returning to their
childhood home. Mich. 9 p.m.
American String Quartet Performing music
by Beethoven, for University Hospitals
patients. University Hospital Courtyard.
12:10 p.m. Free.
Al Hill and the Love Butlers This band
serves up more than just coffee and scones.
Arbor Brewing Company, 116 E.
Washington. 9 p.m. Free. 213-1393.
AWARE Records Showcase Highlights
from the thriving East Lansing music
scene, including Dorothy, Scott Fab and
Fat Amy. Blind Pig. 9:30 p.m. $4.
Kathleen Battle with the Detroit Symphony
Orchestra The famed opera diva visits
Detroit. Orchestra Hall, Detroit. 8 p.m.
Rollie Tussling lii A delightful mix of tradi-
tional and original solo acoustic blues. Tap
Room, 201 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti. 9:30
p.m. Free. 482-5320.
Ron Brooks Trio Jazz band performs. Bird of
As Fish Out of Water Original piece show-
casing traditional South African music and
dance. Performance Network, 408 W.
Washington. 8 p.m. Pay-what-you-can.
.Laurence Goldstein Reading by poet and
University English professor. Rackham
Amphitheatre. 5 p.m. Free.
Chris Triola: "Living the Dream" Local
designer discusses her career as an artist.
Power Center. 7 p.m. Free (reservations.
~ required). 996-9955.
The Wedding Banquet Part of the sixth annu-
al College of Engineering MLK Film Series.
Directed by Ang Lee. Engin. 5:30 p.m. Free.
Sunday See Thursday. 7 p.m.
The Myth of Fingerprints See Thursday. 9 p.m.
American String Quartet Continuing the
UMS "Beethoven the Contemporary" Series.
Rackham. 8 p.m. $16-30. 764-2538.
SafeHaven University music student Ben
Yonas and his Minneapolis-based rock band
bring sweet sounds from a place colder than
Ann Arbor. The Michigan League Under-
ground. 8 p.m.
Botfly Rock band plays some good tunes.
Blue Son The latest work of expressionis-
tic blues guitar by Pablo Picasso and Laith
AI-Saadi. Gypsy Cafe. 9:30 p.m. $3.
David Mosher This vocalist will put the
"mo" in your "joe." Espresso Royale, 214
S. Main St. 9 p.m. Free. 668-1838.
Cary Kocher & Paul Keller Quartet Another
groovy jazz group plays some tunes. Bird of
Paradise Jazz Hall. 662-8310.
Church of the Open Bottle Look out
minors! This contemporary-rock band will
get you a mad citation. Theo-Door's, 705
Cross St., Ypsilanti. 10:30 p.m. Free.
Danny Cox Never trust a man with an "x" in
his name. Never. Cafe Zola, 112 W.
Washington Ave. 9 p.m. Free. 769-2020.
Morsel The band performs in honor of its new
album,"I'm A Wreck." Blind Pig. 996-8555.
Mt. Tal with Superdot & Clampdown A witty
little combination of some good music,
including hard-core rock, punk (eek!) and
ska. Heidelberg. 663-7758.
Paul Klinger's E-Z Street Sextet Six men
get down and dirty with some jazz instru-
ments, playing Dixieland and swing. Bird of
Pulsations Blues band. Tap Room, Ypsilanti.
REO Speedwagon Scary ... very scary ..-
State Theatre, Detroit. 961-5450.
Workhorse Rock music all the way around
the block and back ... what a workout.
Cross Street Station, Ypsilanti. 485-5050.
Comedy Company: Boogie Laughs Sketch
and stand-up comedy written and performed
by University students. U-Club. 8 p.m. $5.
As Fish Out of Water
See Thursday. 8 p.m.
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Photo courtesy "Monet's Years at Giverny
about when this photo was taken.
Monet's career ended with his death in 1926,
Madame Bovary The story of Emma Bovary,
an adulteress sacrificing security for pas-
sion. French with English subtitles. Nat. Sci.
4 p.m. Price TBA.
The Exterminating Angel Luis Buiuel's
black comedy about a high-society gathering
trapped in the dining hall. Angell Aud. A. 7
and 10:15 p.m. $4.
Three Men and a Cradle French precursor
to "Three Men and a Baby." Nat. Sci. 7 p.m.
Los Olvidados Luis Buhuel's view of poverty,
juvenile delinquency and crime in Mexico City
in the '50s. Angell Aud. A. 8:40 p.m. $4.
La Femme Nikita French film about a
woman forced to become an assassin by the
French government. Nat. Sci. 9:30 p.m.
Ann Arbor Folk Festival Paula Cole leads
the list of string-pickin'-fools and singer-
songwriters in this Ann Arbor exclusive. Hill
Auditorium. 6 p.m. $25.
Ursula Oppens Pianist continuing the UMS
Beethoven series. Rackham. 8 p.m. $16-30.
Twistin' Tarantulas These rockin' arachnids
remind you why two legs are better than
eight. Blind Pig. 9:30 p.m. $6. 996-8555.
Wild Birds John James Audubon protected
these guys, so go hear their songs.
Sweetwaters Cafe, 123 W. Washington Ave.
9 p.m. Free. 769-2331.
Blackwell with Lantern Jack Kiss tribute
band plays the 'Berg. Heidelberg. 663-7758.
Boogie Chillens Another blues band. Tap
Room, Ypsilanti. 482-5320.
Kathleep Battle with the Detroit Symphony
Orchestra See Thugrsday. 8 p m.
France family influenced
Monet's artistic output
By Kerd1A. Muhy
Daiy Ants Writer
Monet is one of the best-known and most popular artists in the world. HIls
work appears everywhere from museum walls to bookstore posters. But as the
University Museum of Art's "Monet at Vtheuil" exhibit kicks off, spectators
may be led to wonder about the lesser-known creator of these paintings.
"Monet's Years at Givemy," published by The Metropolitan Museum Of
Art, states that Claude Monet was born in Paris, France on Nov. 14, 1840. He
spent his adolescence in Le Havre, where he won early recognition for his car-
icatures of leading citizens. In 1858, he met marine painter Eugene Boudin,
who taught Monet to work with oil paints.
Monet had an early taste of success in 1866, when he exhibited a portrait of
Camille Duncieux, who would later become his first wife. They had a son
named Jean in 1861, but Camille died in 1879, shortly after a second child,
Michel, was born. Monet faced much adversity -- death, poverty and harsh
criticism of his works - for a good part of his early years. As time went on,
Monet lived and worked at Lelavre,sSainte-Adresse, Agrentenil. Paris,
Louveciennes and Wtheuil --- all places synonu-mous with the history of
Impressionism. None of these places held his attention as did Giverny, where
he settled in 1883 and eventually died in 1926.
Monet also traveled from Normandy to the French Riviera, Rouen, London
and Venice in search of new and more challenging subjects. The paintings were
often begun in other locations, then reworked and finished at home in the con-
trolled environment of his studio.
Monet's life was always influenced by his family circle, and at Giverny this
connection was particularly intimate. Since \vetheuil and the death of his first
wife. Monet had been hving with Alice, the estranged wife of his former bene-
factor, Ernest Hoschede. Alice supervised the education -of her own six chil-
dren and Monet's two sons, Jean (1869-1914) and Michel (1878-1966). while
a financial urgency drove Monet to produce and sell his paintings.
The last survivor of the Impressionist painters, Monet was a phenomenal
realist. He was a versatile painter, inspired by both the urban settings of city
life and the broad landscapes of nature. His primary instrument was the eye,
guided by a mind that reached out, probed, questioned and tested what he saw.
"Monet wished he had been born blind and then suddenly gained his sight
so that he could have begun to paint in this way without knowing what the
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M A G A Z I N E
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By Anitha Chalam
and Anna Kovalszki
Daily Arts Writers
Claude Monet, largely known to col-
lege students through calendars and
dorm-room posters, is considered the
founder of Impressionism and still looms
large in the art world today. Last week, his
work became the focus of one the biggest
exhibitions ever at the University's
Museum of Art: "Monet at Vtheuil: The
Turning Point" finally hit Ann Arbor after
years of planning and preparation. The
show, the Museum's first-ever ticketed
exhibition, is unprecedented in the
Museum's history and expected to draw
fans of the artist from around the country.
The Monet show is small, featuring
only 12 works. But the show is of great
importance as it brings these pieces
together for the first time since they left
the artist's studio. "Monet at Vetheuil" not
only highlights a turning point in the
artist's career but also features some
works that have never before left their
"Monet at Vetheuil: The Turning
Point" is the third exhibit in a series of
shows known as the "In Focus" exhibits,
which were originally planned by former
Museum director Bill Hennessey. The "In
Focus" series takes a single work in the
Museum collection and places it at the
center of a display featuring related
When the idea for this exhibit was first
conceived nearly three years ago,
Museum personnel began making phone
calls around the world to museums with
paintings in the Vetheuil series. While a
few institutions turned down the invita-
tion to participate inthis show, western art
curator Annette Dixon said most muse-
ums were happy to lend their works.
"It was really quite surprising how lit-
tle trouble we had in getting these pic-
tures," Dixon said.
Because of Monet's high profile as an
artist, security had to be increased for this
exhibition. Approximately one year ago,
changes were made in the Museum's
security policies in order to more closely
monitor who entered and left the build-
ing. Extra guards were hired, and all
Museum personnel, even volunteers, are
required to wear badges. The policies also
require Museum visitors to check all
belongings at the front desk or in the free
lockers located in the stairwell.
The Museum's insurance was also
increased because of Monet's popularity;
officials believed there was great risk that
a work could be stolen. Fortuna
Museum, the National Endov
the Arts granted the Museum ai
After these preliminary p
were complete, the real reseat
exhibition finally began. No j
critical reviews were overlookec
to learn everything possible
artist and his work during h
Vetheuil. This research, aide
efforts of volunteers and int
completed over two years, I
Dixon and Museum Interin
"We wanted to take all of tt
research and then take a ste
from there' Dixon said. "Wer
to show how important thisV6t
od was, to put it on the level of
and Giverny (other locatic
famous by Monet)"
The ability to speak and re
fluently became a must. Becau:
of the information necessary 1
plete understanding of the arti
his letters, is untranslated, no
French would have severely
research. Fortunately, McNan
fluent French, as did Dixon, w.
degree in the language.
As part of their extensive re
two Museum officials traveke
during the summer and drove
Vetheuil to see the views that
seen and to retreive firsthand ir
Annette Dixon and Carole Mc
Vetheuil" exhibit, of which thi
Weekend Magazine Editors: Emily Lamb
Weekend Magazine Associate Editor: Christopher Tkaczyk.
Writers: Caryn Burtt, Anitha Chalam, Brian Cohen, Chris Farah, Cait
Lowe, Kerri A. Murphy and Joshua Pedersen.
Photographers: John Kraft, Margaret Myers, Emily Nathan and Sara S
Cover photo by Emily Nathan: Students from Ann Arbor's Wines Elemn
Arts Editors: Bryan Lark and Kristin Long.