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The daily Tar Heel. (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 1946-current, December 11, 1966, Page 4, Image 4

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Page 4 THE DAILY TAR HEEL Sunday, December 11, 1966 "Is There A Clear-Cut Case Jn Favor Of Art Museums? WINSTON - SALEM Johr Walker, director of the Nation- al Gallery in Washington, ask "ed his "Culture Week" audi ence here, "Should art muse . ums be abolished?" He quickly answered, "We have no open and shut case" for or against abolition. Artists resent curators, and public art galleries have met hostility from the public ever since their fairly recent incep tion, he said. Notwithstanding he quoted Joel Poinsett, "Pa tronage of the arts must orig inate from the seat of govern ment." "There is a basic contradic tion woven into the framework of all museums," Walker said. "They preserve graven im ages, but they are basically iconoclastic. The museums haven't changed the basic function of art objects. Many of them were created for re ligious purposes, but the de struction or removal of art objects is considered a nation al, not a religious outrage." Art conveys power, prestige and money, he said, "But art is not money. Money has only symbolic value, but art has intrinsic value." Art World By OWEN LEWIS Walker said, "Artists think museum directors have too much power," and then pre sented a few examples to prove his point. -"The museum director loves abstract art." He takes the pure form and color of the ab stractions as his medium, and then uses the walls as a can vas to create his own work of art," said Walker. "The painter who works alone is a forgotten man." If he is not following the style that is in vogue, "the shows. :-tr - T9M MAQ1CIAN nlW UOWBVITASOLID STATE "GUinQLIHE" PORTABLE STEREO PrsstntSna "Cwlngllne" totally new, exclu- ys!y RCA VIctorl Two speaker enclosures cwlng out, precision Studiomatic changer swings down end you're ready to enjoy excit Inj stereo sound. For enhanced separation, simply lift off the speaker wings. As easy to carry as suitcase, solid State design for cepenGSSUny, instant "warm-up." o TR3 MOST TRUSTED NAME IN ELECTRONICS SEIIM1E8 BiBBeim are closed to him, but this does not destroy him," he said, pointing out that most of the important artists of recent history were rejected in their time. "When it comes to abstract artists, the museum directors are always wrong. Anyone who goes against the established order gets rejected," he said. "I have assumed a desire for form, order and tradition. But the heroes of modern art are not like the artists of the past. They defy order." If artists foretell the future, Walker said, "I'm afraid it's doom, but I think not. "Museums are as important today as monasteries once were. Art tells you the .essen tials of a period," he said. Walker said that when the N. C. legislature appropriat ed $1 million in 1947 to pur chase works of art he thought at the time they erred, and should have spent the money on a building instead, but that he now has changed his mind, and decided that it was far more important to acquire the works of art than to provide a building with the hope of fill ing it . "Museums can' be danger ous," he said. "They can be abstracted to another sphere, and breathe the air of anoth er time." Then Walker took off on an other tack, the preservation of natural beauty, urging leader ship by museums in "the re sponsibility for our environ ment." "Museums should teach you an appalling heresy. They should drive away smog." Re galing the audience with de lightful tales of his Aunt Liz zie's violent, vindictive physi cal attack on billboards, Walk er said, "You must be anar chists for beauty. Build a new museum building in Raleigh. Make this state and its coun tryside a model for the country." HERE I GO OFF ON A SPECIAL MISSION TO FINISH MV SHOPPING... ONLY 12 PAVS n mm r x$& ckr mm Vmp mi ute m. ttirngtb8 CUHgto ijEbaxaq) &Tfcetfe(!GSBg Sunday, Dec 11, 7;00 pan., on Channel 2. DURHAM COCA-COLA DOTTLING CO. Durham, N. C. It Cotee V"' 7 f -j ..; ft! Tv'v'; r Barn's 'Irma ha Douce Naughty Show, But Nice A LIVING NIGHTMARE confronts Tony Wilson (Rock Hudson) as Karl Swenson, portraying Dr. Morris, performs the last rites over the horrified man in "Seconds." The bizarre story is told strictly within the realm of reality as it unfolds mankind's idealistic dream of the second life. The Paramonnt film is now playing at the Rial to Theater in Durham. Show At Duke Proves Puppets Not For Kids DURHAM Everybody knows puppet shows are for kids. But the Stockholm Marion ette Theater, which plays this week at Duke University is an exception. With its giant pup pets and imaginative reper toire, the Marionette Theater of Fantasy has been a favor ite with adult audiences in both Europe and America. The troupe will give two performances Wednesday in Page Auditorium. A children's matinee of "The Wizard of Oz" is scheduled for 4 p.m., and the Brecht - Weill hit musi cal "Three Penny Opera" will be staged at 8:15 p.m. Both will be presented in English. The 1939 movie version of "Wizard of Oz" starred Judy Garland as "Dorothy" and boosted the young actress to film fame. Puppet Dorothy is about three feet high in the Mesehke version of "Wizard." The "Cowardly Lion," a child's favorite, is almost eight feet high, and comes down to the front row to sit with the kids. Author Baum never envi sioned such friendliness be tween actors and audience when he wrote that his biggest desire for the Wizard of Oz was that children of his day be pleased: with; his "modern ized fairytale where the won derment and joy are retained and the heartaches are night mares are left out." In "Three Penny Opera," with roots going back to John Gay's 18th century "Beggar's Opera," Jonathan Jerimiah Peachum is an 8 - foot, 3- 1 -1 dimensional papier - mache puppet. He is joined on stage by Mrs. Peachum a 5 - foot, cone - shaped marionette. You may have to look twice to decide if Mack the Knife is a cut - out figure or a live performer in another of the show's fantastic costumes. The driving genius behind the company of Swedish play ers is Michael Mesehke. The 32 - year - old Mesehke have made the Marionette Theatre a rousing success in its first tour of the U. S. and Canada. Part of his secret is that he does not just jerk strings to make painted dolls dance on miniature stages. He also deals in "layers of meaning," with even the most comic in terlude having a lot more to it than generally meets the eye. Mesehke is a slight, intense young man known for rapid fire bursts of directions to his actor - technician - assistants as a show progresses. We aren't interested in tra ditional ideas of reproducing human beings on stage with dolls," he said firmly. "A hu man being is much more in teresting as himself.. Our.anir mated figures ar e not in, conu petition with human beings as actors. They merely begin where the human being ends." Mesehke feels that more ab stract and unusual things can be accomplished in his type of marionette theater. "It's a completely different art," he says. "And we are just at the beginning in a field which has limitless possibilities." By KERRY SIPE DTH Staff Writer There was a game crowd of viewers at Tuesday's opening night performance of the Raleigh-Durham Barn Dinner Theater's "Irma La Douce." They stood by the performers through a few minor technical difficulties and, as a result, were rewarded with a grand evening's entertainment. It was said when Producer Howard D. Wrolfe introduced the "Magic Stage" which rises to and descends from the ceilings of his Barn theaters, that he would have his ups and downs. Tuesday night was definitely one of the ups. Lack of adequate rehearsals with the local technical direc tors resulted in the Magic Stage stubbornly staying down when it should have moved up and aggravatingly rising during the middle of one scene, when it should have stayed down. The actors remained calm, however, and the audience re mained patient. They made a joke of it. Once, after about the third technical miscue, one of the actors ad libbed down from the attic of the building, "Hey, take me back down, I forgot something!" The most pleasant feature of Barn entertainment is this easy - going intimacy which is built up between the actors and the spectators, during the pre - show buffet. "Irma La Douce" is the story of a sweet Parisian streetwalker who meets and Jails in love with a noble, but naive young law student, Nes-, tor Le Fripe. Tortured by his role as Irma's mec, or pimp, and insanely jealous of her business associates, Nestor dis guises himself as a wealthy client who corners Irma's market for 10,000 francs a day. Working by day and loving by night becomes too much for the lad, so he is forced to kill the second half of his split personality. The police inspec tor and Irma's, ex-mec con spire to frame Nestor for his own murder and the poor boy is sentenced to life on Devil's Island. Meanwhile Irma is with child. The play, of course, deserves a happy ending, and gets one when Nestor escapes just in time to receive the blessings of fatherhood and to clear his name with 'the po lice. Dis done. It is not often that a gentle man can call a lady a perfect tart and get away with it. But pert Miss Lynn Martin car ries the show in her role as Irma. She has a blazing head of red hair, fiery eyes,, a shape that fits very well into her mini - skirt costume and a squeal in her voice that be ' trays the oomph that both she 1958 MGA, Carolina Blue, wire wheels. Reasonable con dition, $550. Write Pete Tom linson, 719-A Gimghoul Rd., City. Car in front of house. GIBSON AMPLIFIER: 25w., 12" speaker., Reverb., and Tremelo., Harmony Spanish Electric hollow - body guitar: double pickup; DeArmond pickup for flattop guitar; Am pex 2001 Microphone; Getzen Cornet. 929-3574. mm. NEED A PLACE TO PARTY? The Village Green has a few open dates for groups of 15 to 500 for holiday parties. 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In return for the employee benefits and job op portunities all that is asked of a person is the sincere application of abilities in the performance of assigned job responsibilities. So, if you wish to explore the possibility of working at the Home Office in Chapel Hill, call 942-4121 or come by the office on West Franklin Street any time between 8 A.M. and 5 P.M., Monday through Friday. Ask for Mr. Herman Preston or Mrs. Pat Williams. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER and Irma put into their work. Tel Bowlin in the role of Nestor at first seemed cold and stilted in his performance, but he warmed up with the show. He is a better actor than a singer, and he gave his best performances during the non - musical scenes. His comedy timing was exception al in one scene in which he ap peared in Irma's presence a half dozen times alternately as Nestor and as the bearded customer. The unity of the play was aided greatly by the perform ance of Earle Edgerton as Bob, the barkeep. He assumed the relaxed demeanor of a court - jester telling a story, and his well - timed, wry hu mor filled in the open spaces between the acts. Bill Tarman, Tony Jestor, Gavid de Rhys and Joel Ulan, surrendered adequate back drop performances for the main character in the scene. Joel Ulans half-a-sneeze. Bill Tarman's card trick, and Ga vid de Rhys' "brown bagging" crack were memorable. George Vaughn Lowther de serves commendation for his performance as police in spector in the scene in which Nestor tries to convince him he is not dead. "The records disagree," is the Inspector's line. The entire production was naughty, but nice. Parts of the audience reacted with restrain ed disfavor during the few places in which the actors were in danger of stepping too far over the bounds of good taste. Nestor's pantomime as a barber in the mortuary seemed out of place to those who understood what he was trying to portray. BiU Tar man's drunken scene on Dev il's Island might have been a bit overdone for an audience that had just eaten its fill of chicken fricassee. The production was the best to appear at the Barn in re cent months, and one that is sure to please a student audience. TRAINEES WANTED The N. C. Department of Conservation and Development needs four North Carolinians with Bachelor's degrees in geography, political science, civil engineering, urban so cioligy, public administration, urban sanitation, or a liberal arts degree in a field related to urban planning. Those employed will be given a six-months training program in Raleigh. Upon completion they will work in either Wash ington, Raleigh, or Salisbury, N. C. The salary during the training period will be $6,036 with rapid advancement thereafter. The training program will begin February 1, 1967. For further information write to: Thomas M. 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