COVID Card #166

October 18, 2020 | 0 comments

Some of the most prestigious art museums in the country own works by post office muralist Ben Cunningham. In the grand scheme of things, that doesn’t necessarily mean much. Many of our museums have thousands of pieces that most of us will never see because they remain in storage. Some, like the Art Institute of Chicago’s Prints and Drawings Library, allow some people (like students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) to request viewings of certain pieces. When I was a student there, I did not fully appreciate this resource, making use of it only a couple of times on class trips.

I digress… Shocker.

Cunningham appears to have been into geometry and using line, color, perspective, and layering (rather than a lot of detailed rendering) to give visual depth to his works whether abstract or representative-ish. I do like my ishes.

His post office mural, Resources of the Soil, is located in Ukiah, California.

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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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