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Sunday, March 30, 1958 THE MICHIGAN DAILY MAGAZINE-

Page Ten

THE-MICHIGAN DAILY MAGAZINE.

Sunday, March 30, 1958

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Variety and Creativity
Local Artists Exhibit Works

THE SOUTH

BY JOAN KAATZ
Daily Staff Writer
LOCAL ARTISTS create works
for many reasons varying from
hobby interests to perfection of
creative abilities.
This creativity was recently ex-
emplified by the 35th annual Ann
Arbor Art Association's exhibit.
Amateur artists and professionals
participated in the show which in-
cluded students and teachers. The
exhibit consisted of pottery, paint--
ing, sculpture and needlework.
Membership in the group comes
from all levels of artistic accom-
plishment.
'U' personnel often participate
in the group as "hobby" painters
only. Les- Etter, public relations
manager for the Board in Control
of Intercollegiate Athletics, clas-
sifies his painting merely as a
past-time. His exhibit Boy Scout
Still Life pictures his twelve year
old son's Scout equipment which
was out in preparation for a Scout
meeting.
Mrs. T. McClure's hook design
exhibit The Cat was started be-
cause "it seemed like fun." Hook
designs are a fairly new idea used
in interior decorating and are
made from wool, yarn and felt
strips. Mrs. McClure often exhibits
her work "for the added income
they can bring in."
IRVING KAUFMAN, of the Uni-
versity art department, enters
exhibits on the philosophy that
"one cannot teach well if one can-
not do well" and the shows offer
an excellent opportunity to prac-
tice outside the classroom. Paint-
ing is a pastime and a profession
because "basically one is an artist
and then a teacher."

ABSTRACT ART-Dick Wilk, past president of the Ann Arbor Art
Association painted "Potato Peeler, Pea Picker and Noodle Head."

Kaufman's painting, Grey,
Green, and Blue grew out of a trip
to Provincetown, Massachussetts
during the past summer. He de-
cided to paint an impressionistic
study of the intriguing combina-
tion of the colors grey, green and
blue and the combination of the
water, light and beachfront at
dusk. The vertical lines in the
painting represents his "feeling of
movement felt at the time."
The Ann Arbor Art Association
was founded in 1909 for the pur-
pose of stimulating art and art
appreciation within the commu-
nity and county, according to Mrs.
R. V. Churchill, president. The
history of the group parallels the

recent national trend to more local
art work.
TgHE FIRST EXHIBIT-of the or-
ganization took place on May
15, 1910 at the dedication of the
Alumni Memorial Hall, original
gallery of the Association.
Now approaching its 50th an-
niversary the group sponsors five
local exhibits annually as well as
several art films.
In addition to the annual show,
the Association presents a Christ-
mas show and places all crafts
projects and paintings on sale. The
group is non-profit and only re-
tains a small percentage of the
sales revenue to meet exhibit costs.
In the spring a show is usually
held to display the best of the
artistic efforts of the Ann Arbor
youth from kindergarten to high
school age.
THE OCTET SHOW, displaying
the work of eight artists both
professional and amateur, is one
of several group shows prepared
by the Association. In addition a
rotating exhibit is displayed at a
local restaurant and at the Ann
Arbor Public Library.
Besides encouraging local inter-
est in art, the Association also
owns a small collection of works
of art. Included in the collection
are four or five oil paintings, 15
water colors and about ten prints.
In the recent annual exhibit the
Myron Chapin purchase, Province-,
town, was shown in honor of the
late' professor of architecture and
design.

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to be accomplished with "all de-
liberatespeed" and yet it failed,
in many instances to take ade-
quate action. Further, one may
well argue, as doeN Ashmore, that
the Negro the South professes to
understand is not the 'Negro of-
today. The Uncle Tom of song
and story is no more. Like the
southern white, the Negro, too,
has his own mystique. He wants,
so Ashmore contends, to be like
the whites who dominate his so-
ciety and give him his values.
Moderation and gradualism are
giving way to a demand for a con-
tinual acceleration of the integra-
tion movement.
THIS NEW OUTLOOK is only
part of the change taking place
in the old social order of Dixie.
Following the Civil War slavery
was converted into the three new
institutions of sharecropping, one
party politics and the system of
separate but supposedly equal fa-
cilities. From this system was de-
veloped the three point credo of
the southern politician, tariff for
revenue only, states rights, and
white supremacy. According to Mr.
Ashmore, these institutions are dy-
ing; in the Southern cities they
are already dead.
It is within this broad frame-
work of basic social change -that
Ashmore sets the integration prob-
lem. In fact, it is this New South,
the reasons for its development
and the prospects for its future,
that is the real subject of his
book. In approaching his subject
from this point of view, the author
has made a real contribution, for
a large scale social, problem such
as integration cannot be studied
apart from the socio-economic
system in which it is imbedded.
Integration is merely the most
spectacular of the many problems
with which the New South must
come to grips.
IT IS A WEAKNESS of Ashmore's
treatment that he does not ex-
plore some of the other issues that
are likely to arise. For example,
increasing industrialization will
probably lead to increased efforts
by organized labor to penetrate
he southern states and a good deal
of unrest may be foreseen on this.
account, but Ashmore does little
more than suggest these problems.
On the whole the regional lead-
ers seem to be aware that im-
mense chan'ges are taking place.
On the integration issue defeat is
regarded as inevitable. Southerners
realize they are merely fighting a
delaying action. The battle cry is
not "on to victory" but rather, "not
in this generation." This change
in attitude reflects a basic truth.
The South simply cannot' afford
racial violence. It has lured busi-
ness into the area with a promise
of stability and'it cannot go back
on its word without suffering
financial losses.

in accordance with the new social
and economic arrangements. For
instance; the solid southern sup-
port of a tariff system for revenue'
only is beginning to crack.
This position is designed to ap-
peal to an agrarian economy and
as the South becomes more and
amore industrialized the demand
for protective tariffs is likely to
grow. Already there have been
defections from southern ranks on
this issue and one cannot help but
agree with Ashmore in deploring
this trend. The South has long
been a bulwark of the internation-
alist position and it is discourag-
ing to see a retreat from this point
of view during a period of inter-
national unrest.
THE ONE PARTY system is also
likely to come to an end. Here
again the default of - the southern
leadership is evident. By its in-
transigent attitude it has forced
the Republican Party to assume a
position on civil rights so closely
akin to that of northern liberal
Democrats that the South no long-
er has a real choice between the
two parties on the segregation is-
sue. The only political alternative
to submission appears to be an-
other blind, bitter attempt to form
a third party, but all this would
accomplish would be to boost Re-
publican chances in the'1960 presi-
dential election. Since Little Rock,
the South must know that little
is to be gained by that.
Ashmore contends that Texas,
with its oil wells and booming in-
dustry, represents the wave of the
future for the New South. It is
here that industry and Republi-
canism have made the greatest in-
roads, In the long run these
changes should be for the best. In
particular the stimulus of real
party competition should awaken
long dormant political leadership.
HOWEVER, no basic social
change is painless and one
cannot blame Ashmore for looking
back at the Old South with a cer-
tain nostalgia. On the other hand,
one cannot help but feel that his
view of times gone by is obstructed
by a sentimental attachment to
certain aspects of the past.
However, Mr. Ashmore's occa-
sional lapses into sentimentality
are minor flaws in a generally ex-
cellent book. Essentially what he is
saying is aside from the grave
moral issues involved, social forces
beyond its control are inexorably
moving the South away from its
traditional moorings.
Change may be rapid in the eco-
nomic structure or slow in the so-
cial structure but it cannot be de-
nied. It is the current abdication
of responsible leadership that has
intensified the conflict over the
vital issue of integration.

OFF IN A CORNER-Away from the hubbub of squeaking shoes,
these students contentedly bask in indirect lighting.
UNDERGRAD L

All Things to All.

NO TIME ... to search for a-plush chair, this student plops down
in front of an open stack' during a between-classes study-session.

THERE IS A DIFFERENCEr-between work and study. Student
through reams of paper work, while scholar on couch (note casu
whether or not to sleep in the library or at home.

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