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What are your summer read picks?

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Hi everyone, it’s Dan Grossman, writer on Arts, Faith, & Equity.

This week I wrote a review on two art exhibitions up through June 28 at the Harrison Center. One is by Benny Sanders and the other is by Derrick Carter.  I’ve written about both of them before, but never together. It was fun looking back at the shows and finding parallels between them. You can my write up on these shows below.

Derrick Carter and Benny Sanders at the Harrison Center

You can also check out my article, “Bringing ‘Ann Dancing’ Back from the Dead,” if you haven’t already. I included quite a few perspectives, including my own, on this electronic sculpture that needs repair in the heart of the Mass Ave district. This piece turned out to be a sort of meditation on public art.  I truly hope this debate will result in more local artists locating their work along the Cultural Trail.

Here are some responses that we've had already:

"I believe it is giving the community something to rally around that isn't politically charged.  It can be easily deemed silly or unimportant - but I'm hopeful she can bring some unity."

"Love Ann Dancing, but the amount to repair her is astonishing.  When I think about how many kids could be helped with $200k, I'm conflicted."

"I don't care to say yes or no to 'Ann Dancing.' She sure is a lot of fun though!"

"Keeping it is not worth the price tag. Many pieces of new public art could be commissioned at that cost, potentially supporting many local artists."

What are your thoughts?

Upcoming, I’m working on getting a summer reading list together for you all.  I’m working on reading Kurt Vonnegut Remembered, edited by Jim O’Loughlin, featuring the perspectives of a variety of writers including voices as diverse as Norman Mailer, Andre Dubus, Geraldo Rivera, and Indy's own John Krull.

Take the poll here and tell us your favorite summer reading picks.

Also, I’ve just started the novel Kaddish.Com by Nathan Englander, which begins as a story about a son’s failure to say kaddish (a Jewish prayer for the dead). As hinted in the title, the book explores the tension between tradition and modernity.

I’m still gathering interview material for a story on Associate Director of American Art at Newfields, Kelli Morgan and her efforts to bring a more diverse grouping of artists into the American Galleries.

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Until next time,

Writer Arts, Faith & Equity

Having lived and worked in Indy on and off since 1977, and currently living in Carmel, I've seen the city change a great deal. I love covering the arts in all its forms, and the places where the arts and broader cultural issues intersect.