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Monday, July 20, 2009
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

Auerbach's sweaters can be seen in UMMA's Project Gallery through October.

AUERBACH
From Page 9
have the perhaps naive hope that art can
change the world. I do think every decision
we make is a political decision in some way. A
lot of my work is about speaking out, speak-
ing up, getting the word out."
Her association with UMMA is a logical one
- Auerbach is a former Ann Arbor resident.
"I met (Jacob Proctor, UMMA's Associate
Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art) at
Art Basel Miami Beach, where I had a solo
exhibition in 2007. and he invited me to do

a show at UMMA," Auerbach explained.
"Both of my parents went to the University
of Michigan. My mother studied zoology and
my father studied law. I was born on campus,
but only lived in Ann Arbor for a few months
when I was an infant."
UMMA and Auerbach worked closely
together to construct an exhibit that was
both visually and intellectually intriguing.
"I worked with Jacob Proctor at UMMA
to choose the pieces for the show," Auerbach
wrote. "It was his idea to show the small busi-
ness photographs and the sweaters together
in the space."
Some new, never-before-displayed work is
currently on exhibit at UMMA.
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"I made a few sweaters especially for this
show that Jacob didn't know about until they
arrived in Michigan," Auerbach explained.
"One of the new sweaters is about Michael
Jackson."
The exhibit at UMMA occurs in a section
of the museum where three walls completely
made of glass allow both students on their
way to class and museum patrons a glimpse.
Blown-up photographs dot the walls, but the
focus is on two dozen of Auerbach's sweaters,
which are displayed on clear plastic molds
suspended from the ceiling by wire.
This stark presentation allows the viewer
to concentrate on the complexity and subtle
wit of her work. The aforementioned Jack-
son sweater, for instance,
reads, "Take my hand,
BoR.BERS it's off to never never
Band," a reference both
UJRS to the singer's infamous
California abode and
00-5:O0pm Peter Pan-like quest to
-3:00pm attain eternal childhood.
The matching skirt is
- adorned with images of
hypodermic needles and
question marks.
i * *For Auerbach, the real
struggle comes in the
presentation of material,
not in the physical pro-

cess of knitting.
"At this point, the designing phase takes
longer than the actual knitting," Auerbach
wrote. "Figuring out what a sweater should
say is often really difficult. I'm looking for
text that can be thought-provoking, funny
and unexpected.'A lot of the sweaters I'm
making are about much-discussed issues,
and I prefer to have an alternative take, so I
spend a lot of time researching."
Naturally, however, textile construction
brings its own unique challenges. "There was
Making political,
cultural and social
assertions in style.
(a) pretty steep learning curve for me to learn
machine knitting," Auerbach explained. "I
thought it would be easy, since it's a machine?
But figuring out how to use that technology
was challenging. The knitting itself is tedious
and takes a bit of time."
And of course, the prosaic realities of
everyday life invade.
"I am especially concerned about moths,"
Auerbach added.
for special effects. The effects are
well executed and realistic (partic-
ularly the scene when Dumbledore
tidies up a room with a flick of his
rese shal- wand), but on-screen magic cannot
Lavender fix the gaps left in the plot.
ie Cave), "HarryPotter"readerscanunder-
rticularly standDumbledoreandHarry'squest
her high- for horcruxes, but those who haven't
i contor- read the books might not. The film
tends to take large leaps from scene
res show to scene, skimming over crucial
("Indiana eventsinVoldemort'spast.Andeven
a of the though the film is called "Harry Pot-
ser to the ter and the Half-Blood Prince," the
gives the search for the Half-Blood Prince is
n the film whittled away to a brief line about
horn. His doing some unproductive research
it but has in the library.
resent in While it holds up as one of the
better movies in the series, "Half-
arry Pot- Blood Prince" is still too packed
plot has with airy, cheap thrills to capture
ake room its audience like the books did.

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tions.
But one character do
depth. Jim Broadbent (
Jones and the Kingdon
Crystal Skull"), a newcom
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best acting performance ii
as Professor Horace Slugl
character is self-importar
a complexity that is not p
any other character.
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been cut out in order to m

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