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  • ANN: The Trees Elude Us: Russian / Soviet Modernity and What Happens with Nature

    ANN: The Trees Elude Us: Russian / Soviet Modernity and What Happens with Nature

    DISTINGUISHED LECTURE AND RECEPTION

    The Trees Elude Us: Russian / Soviet Modernity and What Happens with Nature

    Dr. Jane Coslow, Clark A. Griffith Professor of Environmental Studies at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine Thursday, April 20 / 4:30 to 6:30 pm Free and open to the public

    The Trees Elude Us explores some of the ways in which Russian artists and writers have responded to modernity and its impacts on the natural world – and on human relations to the more-than-human. Cognizant of what Varlam Shalamov called “the hurried, predatory leap” of Soviet modernization, Dr. Costlow offers some reflections on how creative imagination has worked as witness, celebrant and fierce protectress of a nature that is always more than mere resource for human needs.

    This program is offered in conjunction with A Vibrant Field: Nature and Landscape in Soviet Nonconformist Art, 1970s-1980s.

    A reception follows the lecture.

    71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ.

    www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu

  • ANN: Dr. Alla Rosenfeld Appointed Curator of Russian and European Art at Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

    ANN: Dr. Alla Rosenfeld Appointed Curator of Russian and European Art at Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

    SHERA congratulates Dr. Alla Rosenfeld on her appointment as Curator of Russian and European Art at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. The Mead Art Museum is an institutional member of SHERA.

    The press release of the announcement is pasted below.

    AMHERST, Mass. — The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College has appointed Dr. Alla Rosenfeld to the position of curator of Russian and European art, effective May 22, 2017. Rosenfeld will oversee the program for Russian and European art at the Mead, including researching the collection, developing exhibitions and proposing new acquisitions. In addition, Rosenfeld will collaborate with the Amherst Center for Russian Culture and other faculty, scholars and students at Amherst College.

    Rosenfeld comes to the Mead from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., where she has taught a wide range of courses on Russian art and culture and served from 1992-2006 as director of the Russian Art Department and senior curator of Russian art at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers. Rosenfeld also worked as vice president and senior specialist in Russian paintings for Sotheby’s in New York from 2006-2009.

    Rosenfeld earned her master’s degree in the theory and history of art from the Ilya Repin State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture (Academy of Fine Arts) in St. Petersburg, Russia, and her doctorate in modern and contemporary European and American art from the Graduate Center at City University of New York. Her research and teaching centers on modern and contemporary European art, with particular emphasis on Russian culture and intellectual history, Soviet and post-Soviet cultural politics, Soviet nonconformist art, the history of design and graphic arts, the history of theater and theater design.

    Rosenfeld has curated numerous exhibitions on subjects including nonconformist art, Russian costume and stage design and Russian graphic arts of the early 20th century. Rosenfeld’s publications include the A Biographical Dictionary and A World of Stage: Russian Design for Theater, Opera, and Dance. She was general editor and contributed to the volumes Moscow Conceptualism in Context and Art of the Baltics: The Struggle for Freedom of Artistic Expression under the Soviets, 1945-1991. Rosenfeld has been awarded various prestigious research fellowships, including the Belvedere museum of Austrian Art in Vienna and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.), as well as several fellowships from the American Association of Museums.

    For Rosenfeld, the Mead’s acclaimed Thomas P. Whitney Collection of Russian Art holds particular allure. “I see my new position as an unparalleled opportunity to work with such an important collection of Russian art and to contribute my utmost for the Mead’s success,” she says. Along with her other responsibilities as curator, Rosenfeld is looking forward to working closely with faculty and students at Amherst College. “I believe that it is important to promote the participation of students in the activities of the museum through research opportunities and assistance in on-site curatorial projects that involves the Mead’s rich collections of Russian and European art,” she says. “I hope that I can share my significant research in avant-garde and contemporary art with students to fulfill curricular goals as well as attract larger audiences to the museum.”

    “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Alla Rosenfeld to the Mead’s staff and to the Amherst community,” says David E. Little, director and chief curator of the Mead, who chaired the search committee. “Dr. Rosenfeld is a prolific scholar and curator with an infectious passion for art and history that I know will inspire Amherst students and yield great publications and exhibitions at the Mead. She possesses deep knowledge in both Russian art and publications, matching perfectly with the focus of the Thomas P. Whitney collection.”

    Established with funds bequeathed by William Rutherford Mead (Class of 1867), a partner in the storied architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White, the Mead Art Museum holds the 19,000-object art collection of Amherst College, representing a wide range of historical periods, national schools, and artistic media. The Mead’s Thomas P. Whitney Collection of Russian Art features more than 400 objects created by artists in Russia and in exile in the 19th and 20th centuries. Whitney, a diplomat, writer, translator and journalist, graduated from Amherst College in 1937, co-created the Amherst Center for Russian Culture in 1991, and donated his collection of Russian artwork to Amherst College in 2001.

    The Mead’s collection also includes American and European paintings, Mexican ceramics, Tibetan scroll paintings, an English paneled room, ancient Assyrian carvings, West African sculpture, Korean ceramics, and Japanese prints, along with fine holdings of American furniture and silver.

  • CFP: Masters: Women in Art and Architecture

    Call for Papers

    In response to Call for Proposals, CAA 106th Annual Conference, Los Angeles CA, February 21–24, 2018 http://www.collegeart.org/programs/conference/, we are composing a Complete Session Proposal “Masters: Women in Art and Architecture” focused on presenting women-architects and artists, women-makers and educators, hidden or forgotten in collective histories. This session is critical to bridging professional readings and analyzing professional settings for women architects and artists across borders and cultural divides. We are interested in papers that explore and examine views of gender bias within art and architectural practices across varying cultures, and how this historiography is recorded. We welcome studies on the ways art and architectural education address the gender space and reflect on practitioners, in particular related to craftsmanship and production, and in response to women’s professional strategies as they impact new generations. We invite theoretically, historically, and ethnographically grounded contributions that fill blind spots and explore the life of masters: women in art and architecture.

    Please submit your Paper Title and Abstract (up to 200 words); your Name; Affiliation (for institutional affiliation, enter institution’s official name as it appears on the institution’s website and avoid acronyms or colloquial titles. Do not list department, faculty positions, graduate student status, or titles. You may enter “Independent Scholar,” “Independent Artist,” etc. if not affiliated with a particular institution); CAA Member ID; and Email by April 12, 2017, 5pm ET, to sokolina@sbcglobal.net and vtdesign@sover.net.

  • EXH: A Vibrant Field: Nature and Landscape in Soviet Nonconformist Art, 1970s-1980s Exhibition Opening

    EXH: A Vibrant Field: Nature and Landscape in Soviet Nonconformist Art, 1970s-1980s Exhibition Opening

    A Vibrant Field: Nature and Landscape in Soviet Nonconformist Art, 1960s-1980s is the first exhibition at the Zimmerli Art Museum to explore the wide range of meanings that the natural world held for unofficial artists in the Soviet Union. Drawn from the strengths of the Dodge Collection, the exhibition brings together works produced in the period between thaw and perestroika that challenged the link between nature, optimism, and progress, which socialist realist aesthetics had promoted. Approximately fifty objects across media are featured, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, and performance, by more than twenty-five artists and artist groups from the Soviet republics of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, and Ukraine. Despite the artists’ diverse backgrounds and creative approaches, together their works establish nature as a vibrant subject matter, push the boundaries of landscape as a genre, and limit the appropriation of landscape imagery in the name of socialist ideology. In turn, the status of nature in late socialism, and one’s individual or collective place within it, is explored as an open–and vital–question.

    A Vibrant Field assembles varied perspectives, vantage points, and orientations that underlie how one experiences nature, both in the physical sense of navigating nature as a real environment and in the conceptual sense of coming to know, describe, represent, or assign it with symbolic value. The exhibition is mapped along three principle zones of inquiry. The first, Visions, draws together work that takes to task the process of visualizing spaces in nature in order to elucidate, reimagine, or critique how humans relate to or inhabit them. In this section, particular attention is paid to works that highlight ecological concerns resulting from the exploitation of natural resources and rapid pursuit of industrialization in the Soviet Union. In Reflections, artists place less emphasis on the material landscapes in nature than on how they become a picture and the role of artistic convention, memory, and ideology in mediating this process. Finally, Encounters considers the emergence of land art and performance-based practices in nature in the 1970s and 1980s that provided a freer alternative to urban communality, ritual, and public space in the Soviet Union. Through their direct encounters with the land, artists in this section approach nature not only as a subject matter or a backdrop to their work, but in some cases as an actor or co-producer.

    Organized by Anna Rogulina, a Dodge-Lawrence Fellow at the Zimmerli and Ph.D. student in the Department of Art History at Rutgers

    The exhibition and brochure are made possible by the Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund, The Thickman Family Foundation, and the Dodge Charitable Trust – Nancy Ruyle Dodge, Trustee.

    Related Programs

    Wednesday, March 29 / Tour, Film, and Reception 4:30pm: Tour of A Vibrant Field by the exhibition curator, Anna Rogulina 5:30pm: Screening of the 2015 award-winning documentary film Babushkas of Chernobyl.

    Thursday, April 20 / Distinguished Lecture and Reception 4:30-6:30pm: Dr. Jane Costlow, Clark A. Griffith Professor of Environmental Studies at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, explores the subject of nature imaginaries in Soviet literature and visual culture.

  • ANN: 2017 Art Film Festival

    ANN: 2017 Art Film Festival

    2017 Art Film Festival

    Event Venue:
    Ida K. Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College
    695 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065

    Event Date:
    Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Russian American Cultural Center, in collaboration with the Russian and Slavic Studies Program, Hunter College, CUNY is pleased to announce:

    FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

    In the spirit of the Centennial of the Suffragist Movement in the U.S., the Russian Revolutions, and the historical Balfour Declaration, the Festival’s program explores the turmoil of the 20th century and is dedicated to women’s role in society, history and art.

    2:00 PM | Russian Avant-garde - A century on Revolution. New Art for a New World by Margy Kinmonth (USA Premiere)

    UK 2016 | 85 min | Feature Documentary | English | Foxtrot Films

    Drawing on the collections of major Russian institutions, contributions from contemporary artists, curators, and performers and personal testimony from the descendants of those involved, the film brings the artists of the Russian Avant-Garde to life. It tells the stories of artists like Chagall, Kandinsky, Malevich and others – pioneers who flourished in response to the Utopian challenge of building a New Art for a New World, only to be broken by implacable authority after 15 short years. Director MargyKinmonth, a creator of highly acclaimed documentary Hermitage Revealed, says: “I was inspired, as an artist, to discover how many of the descendants of Russian Avant-Garde artists are themselves working as artists today. Access to their intensely moving stories brings tolife this extraordinary period of artistic innovation, which continues to exert such a powerful legacy a hundred years on.”

    Q&A with Regina Khidekel, Festival’s Curator

    3:45 PM | Miss Bluwstein | Biography of Hebrew poet, known simply as Rachel the Poetess, by Sivan Arbel (USA Premiere)

    Israel 2015 | 55 min | Documentary | Hebrew with English subtitles

    The Bank of Israel recently announced that two Israeli banknotes, which are part of a new series highlighting renowned 20th century Israeli poets whose life and work parallel the birth of the State of Israel, will be dedicated to two women: Rachel Bluwstein and Leah Goldberg. Rachel Bluwstein (1890 – 1931), the matriarch of modern Hebrew poetry, will grace the new oft-used 20-Shekel bill that includes vistas of her beloved Sea of Galilee shoreline, palm trees, and verses from her signature poem “Kinneret”. The documentary marks the 125th birthday of Rachel, strengthens the image of the first Hebrew poet, the immigrant from Russia, who managed to express the emotional life of an entire generation in a language which lives and breathes to this day. Dana Olmert, Anat Weisman, Efrat Mishori, Muki Tsur, Uri Milstein, Yehudit Ravitz, Karni Postel and others, speak, and sing along with animations and previously unknown letters by Rachel re-paint her extraordinary character.

    Q&A with Eran Polishuk, Director of Film & Media, Consulate General of Israel in New York

    5:00 PM | The Babushkas of Chernobyl: A story of three unlikely heroines in the most toxic place on earth by Holly Morris

    USA 2015 | 70 min | Documentary | Russian, Ukrainian with English subtitles

    In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl’s reactor, a community of old women cling to their ancestral homeland. While their neighbors have long since fled and their husbands gradually died off, this sisterhood of women labors to cultivate land deemed uninhabitable. Ignoring government orders and health warnings, the Babushkas of Chernobyl continue to forge an existence in one of the most toxic environments on earth.

    Q&A with Yasha Klots, Assistant Professor of Russian, Hunter College, CUNY

    6:20 PM | Mirrors by Marina Migunova (USA Premiere)

    Russia 2013 | 119 min | Feature film | Russian with English subtitles

    A feature Mirrors is the first historical-biographical feature film that focuses on the tragic fate of the poet Marina Tsvetaeva, one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. The authors follow her in Russia, then in emigration in Prague and Paris, and then upon her return to Russia, where she committed suicide a few months after she came back.

    Q&A with Regina Khidekel, Festival’s Curator

    Tickets available through EventBrite | Hunter college students free of charge

    Please note: photo ID is required for entry into the college. Please allow additional time for check.

    Entrance on East 69th Street. Lang Hall is on the 4th Floor of the North Building, Room 424.

    If you go through the Visitors Center - it is located on the South West corner of East 68th St. & Lexington Ave. Below is a map of Hunter College, the West Building is orange and the North Building is teal/blue: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/abouthunter/maps/68th-street-main-campus

    RACC’s programs and events are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and Cojeco.

  • Announcing the 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition: Awards in the Fine Arts

    Announcing the 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition: Awards in the Fine Arts

    The 2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open. Opportunities are found in the newly redesigned Catalog of Awards. There are many awards in Fine Arts, including:

    · South and Central Asia Regional Research: South and Central Asia Regional Research Program
    · United Kingdom: Fulbright-University of Dundee (Art and Design)
    · Egypt: Visual and Performing Arts
    · Burkina Faso: All Disciplines
    · Indonesia: All Disciplines
    · Brazil: Postdoctoral Scholar Award in All Disciplines
    · Austria: Fulbright-Q21/MuseumsQuartier Artist-in-Residence

    Application Guidelines: including sample project statements
    Review Criteria: to inform the various components of your application
    Eligibility Requirements: to review program policies
    Outreach Events: a schedule of conferences, workshops, and webinars

    Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the current competition will close on August 1, 2017.

  • ANN: SHERA Supports European University at St. Petersburg

    SHERA Supports European University at St. Petersburg

    The European University at St. Petersburg https://eu.spb.ru/en/ is an important institution for research and higher education, respected in Russia and around the world. Its scholars participate in major international conferences alongside members of SHERA and publish their work in prestigious journals and with major presses. We have all benefitted from the scholarship produced by its faculty, associates, and alumni; their work makes a significant and lasting contribution to our field.

    For over 20 years, the EUSP has trained both Russian and non-Russian graduate students at the highest international level. Its educational ideal of promoting the best of Russian and Western scholarship promises to produce students who are fluent in the discourses that shape society and culture around the globe today. Foreign students who enroll in the EUSP’s programs such as its International MA in Russian Studies (IMARES) https://eu.spb.ru/en/international/academics/imares benefit from study in Russia and access to St. Petersburg’s immense cultural resources. More importantly, they gain a deep respect and appreciation for Russian history and culture in a way unparalleled by any other program.

    The EUSP’s proud history and record of success make it all the more concerning that on February 10th the Moscow Arbitration Court did not support the university’s evidence of compliance with areas (registering degrees with the VAK, employing faculty practicing in their field, and maintaining a gym) that had been disputed by the Ministry of Education’s inspectorate, Rosobrnadzor. The Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) supports the EUSP’s decision to appeal the court’s finding. We trust that further court hearings will remove the current obstacles and allow the university to continue its vital work of teaching and scholarly research.

  • ANN: Maya Semina Travel Grant

    We are pleased to announce that the Inaugural Maya Semina Travel Grant has been awarded to Maria Lanko, a graduate student from the University of Aberdeen and a presenter at one of SHERA panels for emerging scholars.

    Maria will present a paper entitled “Participation and Collectivity in Art of the Soviet and Post-Soviet Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine since the 1970s” at the panel Emerging Scholars: Politics and Collective in East European and Russian Art, Part One, which will take place on Wednesday, February 15, from 10:30-12:00, West Ballroom, 3rd Floor, New York Hilton Midtown, in the framework of the 105th Annual College Art Association Conference.

    We are also pleased to remind you that in the years to come one young scholar will be able to participate at a SHERA-sponsored session of CAA or ASEEES with the help of he Maya Semina Travel Grant.

    SHERA

  • ANN: Museum Studies in St. Petersburg, Russia, Summer 2017

    Museum Studies in St. Petersburg, Russia, Summer 2017

    Russia’s rich cultural heritage is complimented by a unique emphasis that Russians place on history and education. This has helped Russia produce one of the world’s most extensive museum systems, one well-known for not only for impressive collections but also thematic versatility, multiplicity of display modes, and sheer number of institutions. With private and public support, many of Russia’s museums are being modernized and new museums are being established. Russians have also supported this as some of the world’s most avid museum enthusiasts.

    Art and Museums in Russia seeks to understand the Russian museum phenomenon and covers wide subject matter. Topics include: the history of collecting, the “museumification” of historic and cultural sites, museum operations (including storage facilities, restoration labs, exhibition curation, education, and development), integration of technology and interactivity, and museum educational work.

    Art and Museums in Russia is for students looking to understand not only Russia’s cultural and historical heritage, but also how cultural and historical heritage can be best preserved and transmitted. Over an intensive three weeks in beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia, we will take a behind-the-scenes look at the Hermitage Museum, and explore a plethora of others including educational museums at schools of higher learning, scientific museums, museums of ethnography, memorial apartment museums, literary museums, political history museums, and more.

    Apply here: http://www.sras.org/study_art_museums_russia

    Program dates: June 18 - July 9, 2017

    Application deadline: April 1, 2017

  • ANN: Performance art in Eastern Europe since 1960

    ANN: Performance art in Eastern Europe since 1960

    Performance art in Eastern Europe since 1960

    By Amy Bryzgel

    This volume presents the first comprehensive academic study of the history and development of performance art in the former communist countries of Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe since the 1960s. Covering 21 countries and more than 250 artists, this text demonstrates the manner in which performance art in the region developed concurrently with the genre in the West, highlighting the unique contributions of Eastern European artists. The discussions are based on primary source material-interviews with the artists themselves. It offers a comparative study of the genre of performance art in countries and cities across the region, examining the manner in which artists addressed issues such as the body, gender, politics and identity, and institutional critique.

    Publisher: Manchester University Press http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781784994228/