COVID Card #161

October 13, 2020 | 0 comments

Post office muralist, Anton Refregier, studied, for a time, with one of my favorite abstract expressionists: Hans Hofmann. I have no larger point to make about that. Just thought you ought to know.

Refregier’s bold honesty in his work sparked a fair amount of controversy. Refregier was not afraid to confront and depict — for all the public to see — racial and economic disparities, inequities, and injustices. From his San Francisco post office mural, Beating the Chinese, to his controversial mural series History of California, Refregier painted truth. His work was tried (art and truth won) in congress in 1953.

Artist Anton Refregier and C.I.O. longshoremen union members carrying a banner in protest for the covering up of a section of a mural at the Rincon Annex Post Office May 14 1948 AAK-0
Photo courtesy of Ccarlsson

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The United States Postal Service has been hit hard by the pandemic. Controlling elements of the Federal Government (the president and Republican Senate) do not want to provide aid to the service. So, it’s up to us. It may seem insignificant, but if we all sent just a few letters a week, we could help ensure that our daily, free mail delivery service continues. For the past (see the card number above) days, I have drawn a card each day and mailed it to someone the next day (none are sent on Sundays; two are sent on Mondays). Please consider mailing cards and letters while we still can for 55 cents (first class letter postage). If the USPS fails, you could find it costs $8 or more to send a letter. And that’s just one of the ways we will all lose if the USPS shuts down.

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