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Tunis:Jorma Kaukonen is Live and Well at Fur Peace Ranch
Walter Tunis catches up with the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer who is doing a series of Quarantine Concerts from his ranch in rural Ohio. The live streaming shows have attracted a substantial audience. Kaukonen, approaching eighty and still riding his motorcycle, is a master performer who has adapted to the times and is grateful for the opportunity to invite others to his ranch, even if just online.
 
There's No A-R-T in "Pandemic"
UnderMain contributing writer Hunter Kissel's piece for our essay series, The Art World After COVID, confronts the question of how arts institutions and organizations of all sizes stay essential during a pandemic. He sees the possibility of the arts becoming integral to everything in our culture, not just the art world.
 
Anne Peabody at Moremen Gallery
Peter Morrin reviews Anne Peabody's Sunspike at the Moremen Gallery in Louisville and currently available online. The bulk of the exhibition is comprised of works in glass. These layered and complex works take their inspiration in part from artists as varied as those of the Hudson River School and Andy Warhol. The reflective works bring the viewer into the artist's creations and encourage one to ponder the issues Peabody is addressing in her work.
 
Small Gestures
Notecards are the perfect vehicle for Jim Betts to explore personal truths. His in-the-moment process for using these small surfaces to explore both larger and smaller aspects of the world and life, particularly during this time, is revealed in this lovely piece on UnderMain.
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You might have noticed that the UMGram newsletter is hitting your inbox earlier than our typical two-week cycle. We have decided that during this age of pandemic, when nobody can keep track of their days and many of the things outside the home that we all love to do are at a standstill, we might as well publish when we have awesome new content for you. We will continue to be somewhat unpredictable for the foreseeable future.

We are packaging the essays in our series, The Art World After COVID, in a single post here after they have been published and run for a bit. The post has each essay's author with a link to their piece.

So, let us know how we are doing. We would love to hear from you. Send us feedback, love letters, rants, and content pitches at UM@under-main.com.

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The city of Philadelphia just took a meat cleaver to governmental funding for the arts and culture sector in their budget. In Lexington the mayor's proposed budget cuts funding to LexArts and makes it a contingent matching grant. This is happening in many places in this country and around the world as budgets are adjusted to cope with economic freefall.

 

Our friends at Hyperallergic recently published a piece about arts and cultural workers in Italy organizing and publishing a manifesto of demands. We know that Western European countries have traditionally provided more support to the arts. We think it is time for a more muscular approach to the politics of public funding for the arts in this country. Look for more about this in the near future.

Seems like the right time to visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice down in Montgomery, Alabama.

The Memorial opened in 2018 and is "...dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence."

The Memorial uses art, sculpture, and design to highlight the history of racial terror, and 800 steel monuments symbolize the victims of lynching and the locations where the lynchings occurred. There is an excellent video explaining the mission of the Memorial. Along with the companion Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, both the brainchild of Bryan Stevenson and the folks at the Equal Justice Initiative, the Memorial and Museum make for a compelling reason to visit Montgomery when it is safe to do so.

Stay safe. Wear a mask, for others.
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