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12 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, June 12, 1996 TiusF cu
Emil Nolde's "Frisian Landscape," circa
1930s, one of many Museum masterpieces.
Muf u gallerief Jer NPONICA&NH
M uleum gnf fal if fA view of the front entrance of the Museum of Art.
By Anitha Chalam Daily Arts Writer
Conveniently located across the street from the Michigan Union, the The 20th Century Gallery is also Summer Art Exhibilions
Museum of Art is a mystery to many students, which is a shame, since many located upstairs, and there one can find
interesting things occur inside. ssorks from a sanety of art movements Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings: through
Dr. Annette Dixon, curator of Western Art, agrees, and expressed her that took place during this century, August 1
hope that the Museum will "become known as and function as a central { such as abstract expressionism, mii- American Photographs: through
place on campus for focusing on art, for learning and for examining imalism and color field paintig. The Weddige Collection: through
(art's) multifacted relationships with our world. Oneof the most colorful and July 7
In the main galleries, there are a great variety of works nteresting pieces in this gallery The New American: July 6 - August
on display from the close to 13,000 objects in the Museum's is Pablo Picasso's "Two Girls 18
permanent collection. Just beyond the entrance to the build- Readig."This piece, acquired Beaux-Arts Visions: Architectural
ing, one is greeted by a variety of sculptures and statues, only two years ago, is simple Renderings by Herbert W. Johe:
including a piece by American artist Randolph Rogers - .~ n design and color scheme. July 13 - August 25
"Nydia, The Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii," which was the first A yet possesses amazing Albert Kahn: An American Architect
piece of art ever to be acquired by the Museum. appeal and may even be Abroad: July 13 - September 8
To the left of the entrance is the Margaret Watson Parker Gallery, the most famous work in Common Ground: African Art and
featuring European art from the 14th to 17th centuries. Artists in this the Museum's collec- Affinities: opening July 20
gallery, which houses mostly Baroque works, include Heda and Ii\tion
Guercinco. To the right is the Walter P. Parker Gallery, displaying Western In three separate galleries are the Chinese, Japanese an
art from the 18th and 19th centuries. In this gallery are pieces by a numbe Asian sculpture collections. The Chinese Room features deli
of popular artists, such as "Peacock Mosaic" antamazing work in glass by . cate hand scrolls, beautiful kimonos, and sculpted pieces sl
Louis Comfort Tiffany, famed for his beautiful lamps, and "Les Glaqotis (Ice as vases and animals. Just outside the gallery is a display o
Breaking)," a painting by Impressionist Claude Monet in pastel shades of tiy snuff bottles, all carefully crafted and amazing to see
blue and green. Hanging nearby are works by Bouguereau, Pissarro and Across from the Chtinese Room is the Japanese Room, hostts
Whistler, other big artists from this time period, scrolls and robes, and a beautiful hand-painted screen and
Beyond the Parker galleries is an area reserved for special exhibitionss replica of a traditional teahouse, planned and built by th
Right now, closest to the entrance is the Emil Weddige Collection exhibition. Museum preparers with help from voluiteers. Sculptures in
named for the formerArt School professor who recently donated these 15 prints room include vanity objects, vases and religious objects
The galleries showcase a variety of artists, such as Francesco Goya, Pablo Lining the apse between the two galleries is the Asia
Picasso and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Toward the back, past the gift shop, Sculpture Collection, containing Hindu and Buddhist work
are the Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings, a stoic-looking arrangement of black from many nations, including Thailand, Indonesia and India.
rectangles against a pure white background on the apse, complimented There are 13 special exhibitions each year, and the works in th
by a random arrangement of ,s permanent collection are always revolving, since only about three percer
Art Museum Info ' irregularly shaped pieces of can be displayed at any one time' thus, there is likely to be something new tc
Address: 525 S. State Street Styrofoam in primary colors . see during every visit to the Museum. But there is much more to do ial
Hours: Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.; on the ceiling above the to just walk around by oneself From games to harp recitals, there i
Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - work. This exhibition is always something extra going on at the Museum of Art, such as docent
5 p.m.; Thursdays 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. unique in that it was not creat- led tours, Art Videos, an ongoing Concert Series and various famil
The museum is closed on Mondays. ed by the artist. Rather, the - activities.
Museum Web Site: artist created a plan, which he For those who don't have time during the day to visit th
http://www.umich.edu/~umma sent to the University, and Museum but still want to view the works on display, th
with his assistants, Museum Museum can be accessed through the World Wide We
staff and volunteers, all worked to bring this plan to reality. Museum of Online, one can find general information and highlight
Art Volunteer Coordinator Karen Ganiard remarked that the installation of the permanent collection, as well as information abo
ofthis exhibit was "not only fun for the staff and volunteers who helped current and upcoming special exhibitions. Of particula
* to put it up, but it gave everyone a chance to be involved in the art-making interest on the Museum's page right now is an online exhi
process, and work with a significant artist of our time." bition of Venetian art, which is co-curated by Dixon ai
Upstairs are two more exhibition galleries. In the first one is Folk and Monika Schmitter, a doctoral candidate in the history of art, an
Outsider Art, works created by individuals without disciplined training, itclud- was created by faculty and students from the School of Art t
ing prisoners and mental instituion patients. The works in this exhibition may Randolph Rogers' "Nydia, The Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii." Design, the School of Information and the history of art de
tend to look unrefined, yet at the same time they easily capture the viewer's ment. The exhibition covers 16th- and 18th-century Venetian ar
attention as the artists try to portray their own reality. highlighting pieces from the Sarah Blaffer Foundation of Dallas. This exhibition will not be on dis
. Also on exhibition is a show of 82 American photographs, featuring city scenes, landscapes, play at the Museum until September, but can be previewed in its entirety online right now.
portraits and still lifes by many different photographers from the 19th and 20th centuries, including The Museum of Art will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary next year. Picasso, Monet and othe
several pioneers in the field. such as Ansel Adams. famous artists hang here, and so should you.

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