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Swanson Contemporary Closes After 37 Years
Chuck Swanson closed his gallery at the end of 2019. Presenting primarily contemporary art by local and regional artists, Swanson's gallery was known for its fearless artistic freedom and was essential in the development of the contemporary art scene in Louisville. Contributing writer Peter Morrin pays appropriate homage to Swanson and the vision his gallery embodied.
Shot in Alaska, Made in Kentucky
University of Kentucky Filmmaker-in-Residence Catharine Axley talks with Tom Martin on WEKU's Eastern Standard about Axley finding out that her documentary about a champion Alaskan dogsled racer has been selected for broadcast on PBS's Independent Lens film series. Get this preview of the interview on UnderMain!
John Brooks Unknows Through Painting and Poetry
The newest addition to our studio visit series profiling the work of Kentucky artists, contributing writer Miranda Lash visits the studio of artist and poet John Brooks. His use of collage in his art practice allows for freedom from prior painterly constraints and also, like in his poetry, the creative use of white, empty space and ambiguity. New poems by Brooks are published for the first time in this piece. The studio visit series is supported through a generous grant by the Great Meadows Foundation.

Arts Tasting Menu
This week's tasting of cultural delicacies brings some really interesting talks and presentations to the table. The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington presents its annual induction of new members of the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame. At the University of Kentucky, a famed National Geographic photographer discusses her work documenting the rituals being used by indigenous cultures around the globe to cope with the increasing effects of climate change on their lived environments. And a talk at the Speed Art Museum about the crucial impact on our state's equine culture of the Black Horse Men of Kentucky is presented in conjunction with the major exhibition of equine art at the museum.

The studio visit piece on John Brooks by Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum, is the latest in the series of profiles of Kentucky artists and their work. Funding by the Great Meadows Foundation is supporting this series for several more years. We look forward to continuing these in-depth pieces about Kentucky artists. For previous pieces go to the "Arts" section on our website's top menu.

Our plans for Critical Mass IV are taking shape. The Great Meadows Foundation recently announced that their 2020 Critic-in-Residence will be Kóan Jeff Baysa. Dr. Baysa will be featured at UnderMain's CMIV, which will be held at 21C Museum Hotel in Lexington on March 14th. More information will follow.

About Dr. Baysa from the foundation's press release:

"Kóan Jeff "KJ" Baysa is both a physician and a curator. He is a member of the Association of International Art Critics and an alumnus of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Among others he is Co-founder-Joshua Treenial, Senior Founder-Honolulu Biennial, and Cultural Advisor-World Council of Peoples for the United Nations. A Ford Foundation grantee surveying contemporary art in Vietnam, he has curated exhibitions in China, Japan, Chile, Croatia, Mexico, Korea, Austria, Canada, Ireland, England, Ukraine, Holland, United Arab Emirates, and throughout the US, with upcoming projects in Iceland, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Finland, and Singapore.

He is the Pacific Editor for d'Art International, writes catalog essays and reviews, and has lectured at the United Nations, MoMA, Whitney Museum, Metropolitan Museum, National Academy of Sciences, Phillips Collection, Hanoi University of Culture, and the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University. Dr. Baysa divides his time between New York, Honolulu, and Los Angeles."

Now is a great time to pledge to support arts and cultural organizations with your patronage and dollars. And UnderMain appreciates every one of your eyeballs that land on our website, our Facebook page, and this newsletter. We will be working on upping our social media game in 2020. Help us out by letting others know about UnderMain. Folks can subscribe to our bi-weekly newsletter on our website. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and you can also donate your tax-free dollars in any amount on the website.
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