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Sheldon Tapley, 1987, "Midwestern Alley", pastel on Stonehenge paper
Review: "This is America*" at UK Art Museum
The complexities and contradictions of the American experiment are given a full viewing in the provocative exhibition of works from the museum's permanent collection, as well as art gathered from various studios, galleries, and private collections, curated by Museum Director Stuart Horodner.

Contributing writer Kevin Nance writes: "On balance, however, "This is America*" (which continues through February 13) is a powerful dot-connecting mechanism, showing, as the best museum exhibits do, how works of art speak not only to us but to each other, and how we can benefit from eavesdropping on those conversations...If the hairs on your forearms prickle at various points along the way as mine did, it’s a sign, I think, that (a) you’re alive and (b) this is an unusually fine art show. My advice is to go and see it."
Aaron Lubrick, "Pole Leaning Toward the Ohio", 2015, oil on canvas
Studio Visit: Aaron Lubrick
Peter Morrin takes you (safely) to painter Aaron Lubrick's Louisville Studio. Lubrick describes himself as a "perceptual painter" and Morrin writes, "Lubrick’s practice can be roughly described through four aspects or principles (which seem to take place at once rather than sequentially): observation, the life of the medium, the artist’s heritage, and private narratives."

Morrin concludes about Lubrick's work, "
It is also an assertion of a regional place in the global art dialogue, by working at the highest level of ambition and using the Ohio River’s many characters – by turns enigmatic, portentous, threatening or merely picturesque – as the departure point for an internalization, transformation and intensification of raw data to make memorable art."
Feliz Gonzalez-Torres, "Untitled"(Portrait of Ross in L.A.), 1991. Installation view: Objects of Wonder: from Pedestal to Interaction. ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark
Fortune Cookie Corners: A Review of Gonzalez-Torres Exhibit Curated By Andrea Rosen
We are presenting two pieces about cutting-edge virtual exhibitions written by current graduate students in the M.F.A. program in Curatorial Studies at the University of Kentucky. You can read about UnderMain's commitment to the development of arts and culture writers in the "Etc.," section below. 

In this first piece Josh Porter writes about Andrea Rosen's global, crowd-sourced exhibition of installations based on the original work by conceptual artist Feliz Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996). Porter writes: "Rosen brought together many divergent spaces to form a new type of art gallery: one that is not apart from the everyday, but of it. And, through this material, wishes us all good fortune."
Huyghe, Pierre. “Timekeeper” site-specific wall installation, 2002
One to Thirty-One: A Calendrical Exhibition
Our second M.F.A. candidate piece, written by Sydney Mullins, examines the calendrical exhibition curated by Adam Carr and hosted by the Museum of Private Collections, an organization that produces digital exhibitions of unseen art work. Also known as Collecteurs, the museum's digital capabilities are amplified by the use of social media platforms.

Mullins writes about this Collecteurs exhibition, "Adam Carr’s 1-31 highlights this tension between then, now, and soon, and every moment in-between –providing a space to explore one’s own ambivalences and frustrations with time at this challenging moment in history."

More Information Department

Since UnderMain’s inception in 2014, Co-Publisher Christine Huskisson has sought to provide new writers with direct publishing experience, working with students in the M.F.A. Program in Critical and Curatorial Studies at Louisville's Hite Art Institute. This month UnderMain presents two reviews by students in the University of Kentucky's M.F.A. Program in Curatorial Studies, which launched in 2018. In writing their reviews of online exhibitions, Sydney Mullins and Josh Porter engaged in one-on-one editing sessions with UnderMain's editor Bobbie Newman. Christine Huskisson and Miriam Kienle, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Kentucky, look forward to developing this collaborative effort further to provide students with more opportunities to hone their skills in arts writing. The development of arts and culture writers is a significant part of UnderMain's mission. For more about UK's M.F.A. in Curatorial Studies:

You May Have Missed
We've had some terrific pieces over the past few months, including Natalie Weis' review of the Julie Baldyga exhibition in the fall at KMAC in Louisville. Going to Whitesburg any time soon? You'll see the work of Lacy Hale everywhere and UnderMain's Sarah Hoskins visited Lacy's studio. Sarah also did a wonderful photo essay on a crowd-sourced mural under a highway overpass in Louisville. And Kevin Nance reviewed the debut poetry collection of Kentucky poet, Joy Priest.

We are keeping it going, bringing you interesting and accessible pieces about arts and culture in Kentucky and the region. More is on the way!

We're almost there. Stay safe!

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