THE MICHIGAN DAILY
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1953
ARTIST SHAHN DISCUSSES A CONTEMPORARY PAINTING
Artist Ben Shahn Relates
Purpose of Art in Life
By DEBRA DURCHSLAG
Ben Shahn, noted American
artist, spoke here yesterday, look-
ing more genial than famous.
Addressing a capacity crowd in
Auditorium A, Angell'Hall, Shahn
maintained a casual manner of
speaking that included departures
from his prepared speech and a
share of humor.
HIS AUDIENCE, liberally sprin-
kled with art students and pro-
fessors, followed Shahn through
his life as a painter and heard
him give his conception of the role
of a painter. He spoke not only as
an artist, but also "as a man."
To Attend Parley
Prof. Arthur Bromage of the po-
litical science department will at-
tend the annual National Confer-
ence 'on Government of the Na-
tional Municipal League from No-
vember 8 to 11 at Richmond, Va.
Prof. Bromage will participate
in a panel discussion on "All-
American- Cities, 1953" on the
opening day of the conclave.
Waddell To Talk
At Visitor's Night
The astronomy department's
visitor's night program will fea-
ture John Waddell, graduate stu-
dent of astronomy, speaking, on
"Comet: Fireflies of the Solar Sys-
tem" at 7:30 today in Auditorium
A, Angell Hall.
Following the talk, the student
observatory on the fifth floor will
be open. Visitors observe Jupiter
and a Double Star.
The major part of Shahn's
speech was devoted to a discus-
sion of the purpose of art. He
began by attacking the "wall
of words" erected by art critics
between the artist and what he
Content is now held to be un-
important in art, Shahn said, but
this still does not release the artist
from the pressure of convention.
The artist- is not bound to photo-
graph realism, but this still does
not help him to see things from
his own eyes, he felt.
When a critic like Clement
Greenberg, Shahn claimed, can
say that "pigment is more im-
portant than idea" then are has
lost its relationship to society.
Shahn does not believe that con-
centration should be on the
mechanical aspects of art-the
thickness of paint or the
straightness of lines.
The artist had severe words for
government regulations that try
to limit the turn of an artist's
expression. "Art is one of the few
outposts of free speech," he feels,
and strongly believes that it must
remain a means of individual ex-
pression in spite of conventions
and in spite of "government inter-
"Keys of the Kingdom" and
"Cheaper by the Dozen" will
be featured film on this week's
Student Legislature Cinema
Starring Gregory Pack, A. J.
Cronin's "Keys of the King-
dom" will be shown at 7 and
9 p.m. today in Architecture
Auditorium. "Cheaper by the
Dozen," a film version of a
book by Frank Gilbreth, '33,
will be run at 7 and 9 p.m. to-
morrgw and at 8 p.m. Sunday
in Architecture Auditorium.
The film stars Myrna Loy,
Jeanne Crain and Clifton Webb.
To Meet Today
Caermics, jewelry, plastics-and
radio-are new mediums for class-
room use manual-arts teachers will
become familiar with today and
The theme "New Ideas and ac-
tivities for your general shop" will
be carried out in the Institute for
General Shop Teachers being held
at the University, sponsored by the
department of vocational educa-
tion and practical arts of the edu-
Friday evening a group from
Toledo will point out the shop
uses of radio and TV.
Saturday among a group of
demonstrations of ideas for use
in the shop, Prof. D. Keineth
Winebrenner and his students
from Buffalo, New York, will
enamel, make jewelry, and cut
stones. Also, Glenn Potter of Algo-
nac will build a 14-ft. boat.
Three hundred shop teachers
from Michigan's schools are ex-
pected at this Institute which may
become an annual event.
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M O R E WATER A F T E R D I P-Prof. Auguste Pic-
card sips water after diving his bathyscafe 10,330 feet to bottom
of Tyrrhenian Sea off island of Ponza near Italian mainland.
STANDING ROOM ONLY FOR SEA DRAM A --Passengers on linerlle de
France line rail as Liberian freighter Greenville goes to bottom after heavy Atlantic storm.
A N O T H E-R S HE.LL CAM E- Sisal tree in Puerto
Rico is adorned with egg shells, which, according to Spanish cus-
tom, reflect light to scare away lizards and insects from gardens.
H E A D S - U P F A S H I 0 N - Simone Mirman, London milliner, displays a winter hat-mask
which. she describes as being in turquoise-gr.een melusine trimmed with black crochet lace.,
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T I P S Y T R U C K - A German-made truck is demonstrated at a "European Army Exhibition"
near Bonn at which were shown 500 items of equipment essential to modern military force.
T A P I R P A I R .- Tapir profiles are contrasted in size by a
mother and its baby in shiny new striped coat following debut
before, the public in the Frankfurt, Germany, Zoo.
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