COVID Card #199

November 20, 2020 | 0 comments

Doris Lee painted two post office murals in Washington DC. Curiously, the US General Services Administration says she is the “only woman artist selected for a U.S. Post Office Department mural commission.” As I have covered a few women muralists here (and skipped over a few), I’m not sure what that’s all about. Perhaps there is some nuance there that I’m missing. Or perhaps it’s another example of women being overlooked — or maybe the others didn’t get paid. I’m going to give the GSA the benefit of the doubt and assume I am missing something.

Several of Ms. Lee’s works can be seen at the Smithsonian American Art Museum website. The fact that one is called Thanksgiving and I am writing this a week from Thanksgiving is purely coincidence. Though the quality of the image is lacking, I rather like her collage called Hoot. You can also see one of Ms. Lee’s works at the website for the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

According to the New York Times, Ms. Lee “was not a greatly original painter; she had no qualms about trying anything that struck her fancy, even if it had struck others’ fancies first.” I can’t think of anyone else like that.

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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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