• Exhibition: The Vibrant Art and Storied History of Ethiopian Icons (Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA; January 23 - April 18, 2015)

    Exhibition: The Vibrant Art and Storied History of Ethiopian Icons (Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA; January 23 - April 18, 2015)

    Curator: Dr. Marc Loerke, Germany

    The exhibition illustrates the Christian traditions of the East African nation, Ethiopia. It features 60 small scale icons triptychs, larger icons and illuminated manuscripts. There will also be several cast- brass hand-held processional/benediction crosses with intricate designs for the Museum’s own collection as well as some small pendant/pectoral crosses worn by priest as part of their sacred vestments. The Museum has a small collection of related icons and stone carved triptych which will be on display. The dates of the icons and objects range from the 16th century to the present.

    Ethiopian iconography is closely related to the simplified Coptic version of Late Antique and Byzantine Christian art. It is typified by stylized, graphically bold figures with large, almond-shaped, eyes. Colors are usually bright and vivid. The majority of paintings are religious in nature, often decorating church walls and bibles. From the 16th century, Roman Catholic church art and European art in general began to exert some influence. However, Ethiopian art is highly conservative and retained much of its distinct character until modern times. The production of illuminated manuscripts for use continues up to the present day. Pilgrimages to Jerusalem, where there has long been an Ethiopian clerical presence, also allowed some contact with a wider range of Orthodox art.

  • Conference: Russian Avant Garde Theatre, War, Revolution and Design (Victoria & Albert Museum, London; January 24, 2015)

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    V&A, The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
    24 January 2015

    Explore the impact of war and revolution on Avant Garde theatre and design (1913-33). The conference will examine the collaborations between experimental artists, performers and directors and their impact and legacy on the visual arts, design and performance today. Speakers will include John Bowlt, Natalia Murray, Jane Pritchard, Greer Crawley, Elena Sudakova and curators from the Bakhrushin Museum, Moscow.

  • Exhibition: Close and Far: Russian Photography Now (Warwick Arts Center, Warwick, UK; January 17 - March 7, 2015)

    A traveling exhibition originally shown at London’s Calvert 22 Gallery

    Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, Alexander Gronsky, Dimitri Venkov, Taus Makhacheva, Olya Ivanova and Max Sher

    Close and Far is an exhibition centred around the recently rediscovered works of Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, an early pioneer of colour photography who was commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia, to document the vast and varied empire he presided over. The result was an extraordinary graphic encyclopaedia of pre-Revolutionary Russia. Today, Russia is still a land of dramatic extremes. Where Prokudin-Gorsky witnessed the effects of Russian imperialism first-hand, contemporary artists are working in the aftermath of the collapse of both the Romanov and the Soviet empires. Close and Far presents recent photography and films by artists whose work explores the subject of identity and place in post-Soviet times.

    Close and Far has been curated by Kate Bush.

  • Exhibition: The Dreamer from the Northern Lights (Harriman Institute, New York; January 29 - March 13, 2015)


    Thursday, January 29, 2015
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Harriman Institute Atrium (12th Floor, 420 West 118th Street)

    Please join the Harriman Institute to celebrate the opening of our new exhibit of photographs, curated by Alexander Khromov and Natasha Sharymova, depicting the performance art of Andrey Bartenev. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist at the opening.

    Andrey Bartenev is a contemporary Russian futurist artist whose works range from installations and sculptures to performance art. In his wild costumes and makeup, Bartenev embodies the artistic medium. Inspired by the mythology of art, the dreams of scientists and porno-anime, his various projects include an “eight-legged dog for high-speed transportation;” a performance titled “Black Caviar Road” featuring a line of Russian black caviar cans rolling by on car tires; a sound installation titled “Say: I love you,” which uses a computer and two hundred speakers to project an echo of the words “I love you,” and more. Since 2014, he has been exhibiting BUBBLES OF HOPE, a performance art installation involving a procession of brightly clad artists frolicking through urban terrain. The piece was exhibited at the Dumbo Arts Festival in 2013 and appeared at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2014.

  • Exhibition: Masterpieces from the Museum of Russian Impressionism, Moscow (Palazzo Franchetti, Venice; February 13 - April 12, 2015)

    Exhibition: Masterpieces from the Museum of Russian Impressionism, Moscow (Palazzo Franchetti, Venice; February 13 - April 12, 2015)

    The exhibition is organized by Centro Studi sulle Arti della Russia (CSAR) at the Universita Ca’Foscari, Venice

  • Exhibition: Grisha Bruskin: Alefbet. Alfabeto della Memoria (Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice; February 12 - September 13, 2015)

    Exhibition: Grisha Bruskin: Alefbet. Alfabeto della Memoria (Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice; February 12 - September 13, 2015)

    The exhibition is organized by Centro Studi sulle Arti della Russia (CSAR) at the Universita Ca’Foscari, Venice

  • Exhibition: Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s and 1920s (The Ukrainian Museum, New York; February 8 - September 13, 2015)
    The Ukrainian Museum is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s and 1920s, curated by Myroslava M. Mudrak (The Ohio State University) and Tetiana Rudenko (The Museum of Theater, Music, and Cinema Arts of Ukraine). The exhibition, which runs from February 8 to September 13, 2015, is the first of its kind outside Ukraine to feature important contributions to the theater arts in the early 20th century by modern Ukrainian painters.
    University faculty and students are encouraged to visit the Ukrainian Museum and to consider holding a session of a seminar or lecture course at the Museum. Curator Myroslava Mudrak is planning a symposium with scholars on the topic of the theatrical avant-garde for April in the Ukrainian Museum.
    Also of note is the conference “Kharkiv, City of Ukrainian Culture,” featuring writer Serhii Zhadan and taking place in March 2015 at Columbia University and the Ukrainian Museum. Contact Ali Kinsella with questions concerning scheduling or any other aspect of the exhibition.

  • Exhibition: Specters of Communism: Contemporary Russian Art (The James Gallery and e-flux, New York; February 7 - March 28, 2015)

    February 7–March 28, 2015 at The James Gallery
    February 11–March 28, 2015 at e-flux

    Opening at The James Gallery: Friday, February 6, 6–8pm
    Opening at e-flux: Tuesday, February 10, 6–8pm
    8pm: Anton Vidokle, The Communist Revolution Was Caused By The Sun

    Symposium: Monday February 9, 2–6pm
    The James Gallery, The Graduate Center, CUNY

    The James Gallery, The Graduate Center, CUNY
    365 5th Avenue
    New York, NY 10016
    Hours: Tuesday–Thursday noon–7pm, Friday–Saturday noon–6pm

    311 East Broadway
    New York, NY 10002
    Hours: Tuesday–Saturday noon–6pm

    Artists: Alina and Jeff Bliumis, Chto delat?, Keti Chukhrov, Anton Ginzburg, Pussy Riot, Anton Vidokle, Arseny Zhilyaev

    Curated by Boris Groys

    Contemporary Russian artists are still haunted by the specters of communism. On the one hand, they do not want to close the utopian perspective that was opened by the October revolution and art of the Russian avant-garde. But, on the other hand, they cannot forget the long history of post-revolutionary violence, where artists are haunted by these specters in the middle of reality that does not welcome them.

    In contemporary Russia in which the official political and cultural attitudes become increasingly conservative, a new generation of Russian artists continue the tradition of the Russian artistic and political Left: desire to change the reality by means of art, ideals of equality and social justice, radical Utopianism, secularism and internationalism. This exhibition includes the works of artists from Moscow and St. Petersburg who share a critical attitude towards the realities of contemporary Russian life.

    Pussy Riot address the power of the Church and its complicity with the state. The group’s famous “Punk Prayer” brought two of its members into prison. The videos of Chto delat thematize the cultural and political issues with which the Left is confronted in the contemporary world. Arseny Zhilyaev supplies an ironical commentary to the contemporary Russian media space in which the sensational news about UFOs and meteorites circulate together with Putin’s quasi-artistic actions, like kissing the tiger and finding the antique amphorae at the bottom of the sea. And in her poetic and poignant video Keti Chukhrov shows the gap between the intellectual attitudes of the Russian leftist activists and their real social behavior.

    The exhibition also includes the works of New York artists of Russian origin who also deal with the heritage of Russian communism. Anton Vidokle rediscovers in his works the radical Utopian projects of the Russian political and artistic avant-garde aiming at creating the world in which men become immortal and at the same time re-united with cosmic life. Anton Ginzburg finds the traces of the gigantic “earthworks” of the Soviet time. And Alina and Jeff Bliumis nostalgically try to reestablish the direct contact with the audience that was lost by art under the conditions of the art market.

  • Exhibitions: A Series of Russian Contemporary Art Shows Scheduled for Exhibit at Ober Gallery (Kent, CT; January-April, 2015)

    Russian Art: Then and Now
    January 17 – March 1, 2015

    Opening Reception: Saturday, January 17 from 4-6 pm
    Vodka and blinis will be served! This show will be presented at Ober Gallery and an adjacent space.

    Andrei Filippov: New Works
    March 7 – April 26, 2015

    Ober Gallery is pleased to announce that it will present two important shows featuring major Russian artists between January 17 and April 26, 2015.

    The highlight of the first show, entitled Russian Art: Then and Now, is a painting by Vitaly Komar, the renowned nonconformist artist and founder of Sots Art.

    Other highlights from this show include works by Leonid Sokov, whose art was recently featured in a major show entitled Post Pop: East Meets West, at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Sokov is among the Russian artists who, like Vitaly Komar, exhibited major works at the ground-breaking Guggenheim exhibition “Russia” in 2005. Other participants in this show include Yury Kharchenko, Leonid Lerman, Arkady Kotler, Vladimir Nemukhin, Mikhail Roginsky, Victor Skersis, Anatoly Zverev, Elena Figurina, Oscar Rabin, Konstantin Batynkov, Vladimir Nasedkin, Aleksander Konstantinov, Yefim Ladyzhensky, William Brui, Alexander Zhdanov, Vassily Sitnikov, Grisha Bruskin, Yevgheny Fiks, Valery Koshlyakov, Victor Khromin, Alexey Krasnovsky, Alexander Dashevsky, Vladimir Yakovlev, Oleg Vassiliev, and Mikhail Gubin, four of whom were also featured in the historic 2005 Guggenheim exhibition.

    The second show will feature new works by Andrei Filippov, a conceptual artist from Moscow.

  • CFP: Transnational Contacts in the Socialist World (Tufts University, Boston; March 27, 2015)

    A Workshop at the Center for the Humanities, Tufts University

    In 1961, Nikita Khrushchev hailed the development of a “world socialist system,” which he defined as “a social, economic, and political community of free, sovereign nations […] united by common interests and goals, by the close ties of international socialist solidarity.” This day-long workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of early-career scholars to examine the socialist system from a global and transnational perspective. Among the questions to be discussed: how did transnational cultural, interpersonal, and economic contacts between socialist countries contribute to the construction of the “world socialist system”? How did this system impact the everyday lives of ordinary citizens? How did national histories and cultures shape transnational relations in the socialist world? How does the theory and methodology of transnational history apply to the study of socialist countries?

    Paper proposals are welcome from historians, anthropologists, and literary and film scholars in the early stages of their careers (advanced graduate students, recent Ph.D.s, and junior faculty). Papers can examine any aspect of cultural, social, and economic contacts between socialist countries in the postwar period, or between socialist and non-aligned countries during the Cold War. Topics can include (but are not limited to): transnational cultural production; cultural and educational exchanges; tourism; sports; transnational organizations; transnational marriages and friendships; and official and unofficial commercial contacts between socialist countries.

    Papers will be pre-circulated in advance of the workshop; participants should come prepared to discuss each other’s papers in detail, as well as how their own research contributes to a broader history of the socialist world.

    Please send a paper proposal of no more than 500 words (including a description of how the paper fits into a broader research project) and a brief CV by January 18, 2015 to Selected participants will be notified by the end of January, 2015. Papers (15–20 pages) should be submitted for pre-circulation by March 6, 2015. Limited funding is available from the Mellon Foundation to contribute toward travel to Tufts University and up to two nights accommodation in the Boston area, however participants are asked to use funds from their home institutions when possible. If you will need help with funding, please submit an estimated budget for transport and lodging along with your proposal.

    The workshop is organized by Rachel Applebaum, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Humanities, Tufts University