"Pop-up Lifts Up Local Art Amid Renewed Sense of Connection" a Pandemic Still Life Review

A white obelisk, stretched in the horizontal, marked the intersection of art and socialism at Lexington’s May Day celebration, organized by the local chapters of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) and the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), in Castlewood Park on May 1st. Erected in a park shelter, the mobile exhibition was put on by The Muzineum to showcase work by the artists who have contributed to the project thus far. Colorful zines hung from its lower grooves and photographs of art graced its front and back. All around, socialists frolicked and chatted at one of the first in-person events for the socialist organizations and their allies since the pandemic began last March.

A cascade of fake roses and foliage strung up in a white background
Photo by Rebecca O'Shea

The exhibition perfectly complemented the chatter and celebration – casual chit-chat veered into talk of party platforms, local initiatives and what solidarity in Lexington looks like. All the while, the Muzineum pieces stood as a testament to artists lifting up other artists right here in town – after all, local artists like Hannah Moles and Tiffany Duncan had been commissioned by Anna Campomanes herself to create pieces that reflected their experiences in the pandemic. Now the connections evoked by Moles’ yarn-bound bricks and Rose’s eerily comforting words “if you keep existing, i’ll keep existing” were being lived out in the flesh under cheery strings of roses. We survived, we’re together and we’re still connected – through art and community alike.