Photo in Lexington Herald-Leader by Linda Blackford of ice sculpture by Michael Stoddardt of Lexington Ice Sculptures and Season Catering.
Has it only been a little over ten days since we postponed Critical Mass IV? Seems like several lifetimes ago. We hope that we will be able to put on CMIV in the future. More importantly, we hope everyone is staying focused on keeping themselves, their loved ones, and their communities safe.
UnderMain headquarters is shuttered right now, but we hope to be able to bring to you original content in the coming weeks/months when we can produce that content safely. Stay tuned for occasional updates from us. If you'll notice, "hope" is the operative term for now.
One pledge we can make is to not spread the unprecedented overuse of the word "unprecedented" in our content during these unprecedented times.
The health and safety of everyone is paramount, and we are also greatly concerned about the ability of arts and cultural organizations and all of those associated with arts and culture in our communities to weather this crisis. The Met in NYC is anticipating $100 million in losses. We need the arts of all kinds more than ever.
There is a wealth of websites that have links to online resources at many of the world's great cultural institutions. Here is a good piece in Afar, a travel site, with links to a variety of online cultural offerings.
We do have a little curated list of some of the best specific digital media pieces from several NYC museums. All the museums are now closed. We will "travel" around to other cities to glean some of the best content in future newsletters.
The Whitney Museum of American Art produced this fantastic video to accompany the exhibition, Los Tres Grande| Vida American: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925-1945.
The exhibition was scheduled to close in May.
Alfredo Ramos Martinez, Calla Lilly Vendor, 1929
The Guggenheim Museum's groundbreaking exhibition, Countryside, The Future, looks at changes happening outside of our urban landscapes, as seen through the eyes of architects Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal. The museum produced this terrific introductory video for the exhibition which is slated to come down in August.
Countryside, The Future, Guggenheim Museum, Installation view.
To go along with The Met's blockbuster exhibition, Gerhard Richter: Painting After All, an online primer was produced which enables us to explore in depth the work and practice of one of the most important and influential contemporary artists. A treat of a deep dive.
Gerhard Richter, Abstract Painting [724-4]
Stay safe, everyone!