Thursday, July 23, 1981
The Micign Danilv
The Michigan Daily
Vol. XCi, No. 46-S
Ninety Years of Editorial Freedom
Edited and managed by students
at the University of Michigan
ART FAIR '81 is upon us, and judging
by the crowds that swarmed into the city
yesterday, this year's model is bound to be a
You can hardly get through the mobs on
State, South University, and Main -Streets.
Checking out the most popular artists' works
is difficult at times, impossible at others. And
finding a proximate parking spot-well, you
discovered how arduous a task that was
yesterday. The entire scene makes Football
Saturdays look tame by comparison.
While the out-of-towners gape with amaz-
ment at the endless exhibitions, many locals
grumble about the fair not being "like it used
to be." True, in yesteryear it was a much
smaller-scale event, known more for its ec-
centric qualities than its massive quantities.
But let's be fair about the fair. The eccen-
tricities-the offbeat people and
exhibitions-are still with us this year.
They're just harder to find amid the "main-
stream" booths and retail store racks. You
can still find an improvisational juggling show
or a powerful jazz performance, a hilarious
mime or a fatalistic doomsday prophet-the
precious stuff of Art Fairs gone by.
Today's fair simply appeals to more people.
More than just the University crowd, you see
children barely old enough to walk, accom-
panied by grandparents walking with the
assistance of canes. You see whites, blacks,
and people from many ethnic backgrounds.
You see blue-jeaned, work-shirted folks along
with others clad in pin-striped suits and
It's a fair for everyone-people just as
diverse as the art itself.
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