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D The Michigan Daily michigandaily.com Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wes'S way in the world

WHAT CAME BEFORE B
"Hotel Chevalier," the Web pro- Even
logue to "The Darjeeling Limited," is reread h
Wes Anderson's second venture into anicpat
shortfilm. Hisfirst, the1994 version no see th
of "Bottle Rocket," exhibited what offend in
would become Andersontrademark Wes Andn
-symmetry in composition, a sense brohers
oftcasual disconnect - in its light- brthan
hearted portrayal oftthe insecurities Theor
and discontentment of suburban life. row o TI
In "Hotel Chevalier"a man (ason fifth dire
Schwartman receives an unepect- becomea
ed guest, a woman who is presumably circles
his ex-girlfriend (Natalie Portman). aurclentI
Set in a Paris hotel room, there's a atetin
certain aspect oftthe charactersothat creates i
is painfully authentic and contrived, own. A y
an area over which Anderson had was notg
once displayed absolute control. The get awaoy
spot-on mise en scene and ensnar- many Sat
ingsoundtrack - most oftthefilm is Anders
paced to Peter Sarstedt's "Where Do Jason
You Go To (My Lovely)" - are key to screenpa
the sublime short's construction, their own
- Noah Dean Stahl first
MUSEUM RENOVATIONS
Making
room for
history
Clearing a little space
for a 100,000-plus piece
collection
By BRENT PANTALEO
For theDaily
The floorboards creak, the olive walls
are worn and there's a radiator in every
room. The building has been around 116
years, and there are plenty signs of aging
in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology on
State Street. Tucked away between the
LSA Building and the Helen Newberry
House, the modest museum boasts a mas-
sive collection of Egyptian and classical
Roman artifacts.
"In our stock room on the third floor,
we probably have around100,000 pieces,"
said Scott Meier, the Kelsey Museum's
exhibition coordinator.
It's hard to believe that so many arti-
facts are stashed away upstairs. With a
current gallery space of just 1,000 square
feet, the Kelsey Museum is in definite
need of a bigger display area.
"Right now, about1 percentcof our piec-
es are on display, if that," Meier said.
Fortunately, Kelsey is in the process of
constructing a 17,000-square-foot addi-
tion, which will stretch all the way to
Maynard Street. Meier and the rest of the

'KIMBERLY CHOU
AssociateArts Editor
if you haven't carefully
.e works of Edward Said in
ion of the film, it's not hard
e trans-cultural potential to
"The Darjeeling Limited,"
erson's latest about a trio of
train journey through Raja-
novie, which opens tomor-
he Michigan Theater, is the
cted by Anderson, who has
touchstone in hipster film
nevitably, the question of
ity arises when an artist
n or about a culture not his
oung director as closely fol-
and as white - as Anderson
Ping to set a film in India and
with it easily, no matter how
yajit Ray films he's seen.
son, Roman Coppola and
chwartzman wrote the
.y for "Darjeeling" while on
trip to India, the director's

"It's not really our goal to repre-
sent the culture as it is to just share
our experience, our point of view of
(India) - and it's only such a sliver,"
Anderson said in a roundtable inter-
view before a Q&A session and special
screening of the film in Ann Arbor
Monday night. "It's a place where I
feel there are so many surprises, and
I'm so interested in learning about
this place and to share my limited
experiences."
When the film's three Whitman
brothers (Owen WilsonAdrien Brody
and Schwartzman) arrive at their
first stop, they step off the Darjeel-
ing Limited - the fictional train that
gives the movie its title - into a kind
of "Picturebook India." Although
American tourists traveling in Asia
for the first time are often surprised
when encountering marketplaces and
blinding poverty (two things usu-
ally not out in the open in the United
States), the India captured in Ander-
son's signature camera pans show
mostly saffron hills and flocks of
See ANDERSON, Page 4B

The Daily Arts
guide to the best
upcoming events
- it's everywhere
you should be this
weekend and why.

"It smells ... holy."

AT THE MIC
Jessica Care Moore
- publishing-house CEO
and Apollo performance
legend --willtake the
stage at the Michigan
Union U-Club at 8:30
p.m. tonight for the
Poetry Slam. Moore,
herself a well-known
African-American
poet, encourages
literacy through hip
hop. Tickets are $3.

ON STAGE
The Dicks and Janes'
8th Annual A Cappella
Invitational is Saturday
at 8 p.m. at Rackham
Auditorium. Joining
the co-ed a cappella
group this year is the
University's Amazin'
Blue, Miami University's
Misfitz, Florida State's
All-Night Yahtzee and
MSU's Accafellas. Tickets
are $8 with student ID.

IN CONCERT
Started by former
Dispatch member Chad
Urmston, rock outfit State
Radio will come to The
Blind Pig tomorrow at 8
p.m. The show promises
to be worth the $12 cover,
since the band's legacy
rests largely in its stage
presence and interactive
performances with the
audience. All ages.

ABOVE: Shokoufe Alidousti's "Self-Portrait 4." BELOW: Shahrokh Ja'fari's "Child's View."

The UMMA exhibit the
U. S. government won't recognize
By Abigail B. Colodner I Daily Fine Arts Editor

The Kelsey Museum ot Archeology is sat lor a
facelitt to be finished by tall 2009.
museum's faculty hope the renovation
will earn attention from both archaeo-
logical scholars and visitors.
The Kelsey Museum, now an unas-
suming building, is also somewhat over-
shadowed by the far more conspicuous
University of Michigan Museum of Art
building down the street. As it stands,
many students don't even realize the
building serves a public function. When
the Kelsey Museum was open, signs over
the doorway attempted to draw attention
to its presence.
Though construction is making rapid
progress, the entire project won't be fin-
ished until fall 2009. The plans allow a
four-month period to catalogue all of the
artifacts and transport them into the new
storage space as well as time set aside to
curate the new exhibits.
The new addition will push the gallery
space to 6,500 square feet over the span
of two floors. Planned features include an
elevator and a loggia (a roofed gallery or
balcony) with 12-foot-high glass panels.
See KELSEY, Page 3B

ussan Babaie doesn't want
you to misunderstand her.
The History of Art assis-
tant professor cautions for a care-
ful handling of
our contact with
a country whose Persian
history, social Visions
mores and politi-
cal sympathies Through
we are acquaint- Dec.30
ed only through AlltheUMMA
snippets. Off/Site
These snippets
of Iran - news
reported through CNN, inflamma-
tory speeches at a New York uni-
versity, a uniform that has become
an emblem - are extremely evoc-
ative. We hold them up to our
understanding of our own culture
and, naturally, make comparisons.
UMMA Off/Site's new exhibition,

"Persian Visions: Contemporary
Photography from Iran," which is
now open and runs through Dec.
30, is one instance of that.
But Babaie, who is herself Ira-
nian, says well-worn comparisons
of freedom and modernity deserve
considerationunder a more focused
light.
The photographs in "Visions"
are gathered from 20 different art-
ists livingand working in Iran. The
majority of the dated photographs
are from between 1997 and 2003,
predating the more stringent cur-
rent administration in Iran.
Some visual elements could
anchor us,if we let them, to the quilt
of Iranian imagery we've already
seen, interpreted and incorporated
as basic assumptions. There is the
familiar chador, scenes of violence,
See UMMA, Page 4B

AT THE PODIUM
Nicholas Montemarano,
a widely published
short-story writer, will
read his work as part of
the Zell Visiting Writers
Series today at 5 p.m.
in the Michigan League
Vandenberg Room. His
books include "If the Sky
Falls" and "A Fine Place."

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