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  • ANN: New SHERA Donor

    SHERA is delighted to announce that it has received its first donation!

    An anonymous donation has been made in honor of Maya Semina, an art historian from Russia, whose book about Filipp Maliavin was published by Moscow’s BooksMArt Press in 2014.

    The donation will support one graduate student’s travel to any conference listed on SHERA’s News Blog. The procedure for selecting a grantee will be elaborated during a SHERA membership meeting at ASEEES in November 2016 and announced shortly thereafter.

    Thank you to this generous anonymous donor!

  • ANN: New Publications by Eva Forgacs

    SHERA is pleased to announce the recent publications of member and Vice President, Eva Forgacs:

    “On Terminology” Umeni, (Prague) 2016/1

    “Deconstructing Constructivism in Post-Communist Hungary. László Rajk and the Na-Ne Gallery”, in David Ayers and Benedikt Hjartarson, eds., Utopia. The Avant-Garde, Modernism and (Im)Possible Life, Berlin/Boston, DeGruyters, 2015

    “The Bauhaus has No Place”,”Das Bauhaus hat keinen Ort”, in Bauhaus News, Stimmen zur Gegenwart, Spector Books, Berlin, Dessau, Weimar, Bauhaus Kooperation, 2015

    Be sure to check out these interesting titles!

  • CFP: EAHN Fifth International Meeting (Tallinn, 13-16 Jun 18)

    CFP: EAHN Fifth International Meeting (Tallinn, 13-16 Jun 18)

    Tallinn, Estonia, June 13 - 16, 2018
    Deadline: Dec 12, 2016

    EAHN Fifth International Meeting
    Call for Sessions and Round-Tables

    Deadline: December 12, 2016

    European Architectural History Network (EAHN) is organising its fifth pan-European meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, from June 13-16, 2018. In accordance with its mission statement, the meeting aims to increase the visibility of the discipline; to foster transcultural, transnational and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the built environment; and to facilitate the exchange of research results in the field. Although the scope of the meeting is European, members of the larger scholarly community are invited to submit proposals related not only to European architecture but also to that of the rest of the world. The main purpose of the meeting is to map the general state of research in disciplines related to the built environment, to promote discussion of current themes and concerns, and to foster new directions for research in the field. Session proposals are intended to cover different periods in the history of architecture and different approaches to the built environment, including landscape and urban history. Parallel sessions will consist of either five papers or four papers and a respondent, with time for dialogue and questions at the end. In addition, there will be a number of round-table debates addressing burning issues in the field. Proposals are sought for round-table debates that re-map, re-define or outline the current state of the discipline. They will consist of a discussion between panel members, but will also encourage debate with the audience. The goal is to create a forum for scholars to present and discuss their ideas, research materials and methodologies.

    Scholars wishing to chair a scholarly session or round-table debate at Tallinn 2018 are invited to submit proposals by December 12, 2016 to Dr. Andres Kurg, General Chair of the EAHN Fifth International Meeting, Institute of Art History and Visual Culture, Estonian Academy of Arts, Suur-Kloostri 11, Tallinn 10133, Estonia.

    Duties of the chairs of session and of round-tables include: selecting from the proposals submitted for presentation by the agreed deadline; communicating the list of speakers and titles to the conference organisers by the agreed deadline; and submitting material for the proceedings to the conference organisers by the agreed deadline. Chairs will not be eligible for selection as speakers in their own or any other session or round table at the conference.

    All chairs and selected presenters and speakers are required to obtain membership of EAHN (available for an annual membership fee at http://www.eahn.org/members-2/) prior to registration at the conference. Chairs are expected to pursue their own institutional or other support for membership, registration, travel and accommodation.

    Proposals in English, of no more than 400 words, including a session or round-table title, should summarise the subject and the premise. Please include name, professional affiliation (if applicable), address, telephone, e-mail address and a current CV. Proposals and short CVs should be submitted by e-mail, including the texts in both the body of the mail and as attachments.

    Session and round-table proposals will be selected on the basis of merit and the need to organize a well-balanced programme. Please note: preference will be given to proposals from chairs who have not hosted a session in the previous biennial conference (Dublin 2016). The International Scientific Committee may organise additional open sessions, depending on the response to this call.

    The complete Call for Sessions and Round-Tables can be downloaded from the Conference website.

  • ANN: New Lecture Series: ‘Social Histories of the Russian Revolution’

    ANN: New Lecture Series:
    ‘Social Histories of the Russian Revolution’
    Birkbeck, University of London
    October 2016 - November 2017

    For further information, please visit: https://socialhistories1917.wordpress.com/

    Full Programme
    2016
    Oct 27 – Steve Smith (University of Oxford): The Social History of the Russian Revolution and Civil War, 1917-1921
    Nov 24 – Brendan McGeever (Birkbeck, University of London): Antisemitism and Revolutionary Politics in the Russian Revolution, 1917-1919
    Dec 15 – Andy Willimott (Reading University): Living the Revolution: Urban Communes in 1920s Russia and the Invention of a Socialist Lifestyle

    2017
    Jan 26 – Sarah Badcock (Nottingham University): The 1917 Revolutions at Local Level
    Feb 23 – Katy Turton (Queens University, Belfast): Women in Revolt: the Female Experience of the 1917 Revolutions
    March 16 – George Gilbert (Southampton University): The Radical Right and the Russian Revolution
    March 30 –Dimitri Tolkatsch (University of Freiburg, Germany): The Ukrainian Peasant Insurgency in the Revolutionary Period
    April 27 – Chris Read (Warwick University): The Social History of the Revolutionary Period
    May 25 – Barbara Allen (La Salle University, USA): Alexander Shlyapnikov and the Russian Metalworkers in 1917
    June 29 – Don Filtzer (University of East London): The Working Class and the First Five-year Plan, 1928-32
    Sep 28 – Wendy Goldman (Carnegie Mellon University, USA): Taking Power: Remaking the Family, Levelling Wages, Planning the Economy
    Oct 12 – Lara Cook (University of York): Local Soviets in 1917-18 and their Relations with the Central Executive Committee
    Oct 26 – 1917 A Century On: A Debate (Speakers TBC, including Simon Pirani (author of The Russian Revolution in Retreat 1920-1924)
    Nov 23 – Gleb Albert (University of Zurich): Early Soviet Society and World Revolution, 1917-27

    All are welcome.

  • CFP: Art as Cultural Diplomacy (Bologna, 14 - 15 Oct 16)

    CFP: Art as Cultural Diplomacy (Bologna, 14 - 15 Oct 16)

    Bologna, Italy
    October 14 - 15, 2016
    Deadline: Sep 9, 2016

    Art as Cultural Diplomacy: (Re)Constructing Notions of Eastern and Western Europe

    Part of the Fifth Euroacademia International Conference ‘The European Union and the Politicization of Europe’

    Panel Proposed by Cassandra Sciortino, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Panel Description:

    The panel “Art as cultural diplomacy” seeks papers that explore the function of art (in its broadest definition) as an instrument of cultural diplomacy by the state and, especially, by nongovernmental actors. The main theme of the session is the question of art and diplomacy in Europe before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Papers are welcome which explore issues related to the role of art, diplomacy and the politicization of the European Union and its candidate countries, as are those which consider how the arts have pursued or resisted East-West dichotomies and other narratives of alterity in Europe and worldwide. The panel seeks to combine a wide range of interdisciplinary perspectives to explore how art—its various practices, history, and theory—are an important area of inquiry in the expanding field of cultural diplomacy.

    Some examples of topics include:
    ~ How can art serve as a neutral platform for exchange to promote dialogue and understanding between foreign states?
    ~ How can art, including organized festivals (i.e. film, art, music.)
    cultivate transnational identities that undermine dichotomies of East and West, and other narratives of alterity in Europe and beyond it?
    ~ The implications for art as an instrument of diplomacy in a postmodern age where geopolitics and power are increasingly mobilized by image based structures of persuasion
    ~ How has/can art facilitate cohesion between European Union member states and candidate states that effectively responds to the EU’s efforts to create “unity in diversity.”
    ~ The politics of mapping Europe: mental and cartographic
    ~ Community based art as a social practice to engage issues of European identity
    ~ The difference between art as cultural diplomacy and propaganda
    ~ The digital revolution and the emergence of social media as platforms
    for art to communicate across social, cultural, and national boundaries?
    ~ Diplomacy in the history of art in Europe and Eastern Europe
    ~ Artists as diplomats
    ~ Art history as diplomacy—exhibitions, post-colonial criticism, global art history, and other revisions to the conventional boundaries of Europe and its history of art
    ~ The international activity of cultural institutes

    For full details of the conference and on-line application please see:
    http://euroacademia.eu/conference/fifth-eu-and-the-politicization-of-europe/

  • ANN: The Russian Century, September 30-October 1, Yale University

    ANN: The Russian Century, September 30-October 1, Yale University

    ANN: The Russian Century - The Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts, 1801–1917

    Yale University, September 30 - October 1, 2016
    More information coming soon - save the date!
    Contact: Molly Brunson and Bella Grigoryan

  • ANN: Anna P. Sokolina named first Milka Bliznakov Scholar

    SHERA is pleased to announced that member and SHERA-SAH Liaison Anna P. Sokolina will be the first Milka Bliznakov Scholar

    In June 2016, the Milka Bliznakov Research Prize Jury at the International Archive of Women in Architecture IAWA, facilitated at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, created a new designation — the Milka Bliznakov Scholar – that includes a stipend to cover a two-year period. The first scholarly designation is awarded to Dr. Anna P. Sokolina in recognition and support of her research proposal “Life to Architecture: Milka Bliznakov Academic Papers and Records of Russian Women Architects at the IAWA.” The Jury concluded that the proposed research project outlines an important and timely initiative, and Anna P. Sokolina is in a unique position to realize this effort to situate Professor Emerita Milka Bliznakov’s scholarly contribution.

  • ANN: Member News from Rosalind P. Blakesley

    ANN: Member News from Rosalind P. Blakesley

    SHERA is pleased to announce the latest exhibitions, publications and projects from member Rosalind P. Blakesley

    In 2016 Rosalind P. Blakesley curated ‘Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky’ at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and advised on its partner exhibition, ‘From Elizabeth to Victoria: British Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, London’ at the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.

    She published ‘The Russian Canvas: Painting in Imperial Russia, 1757-1881’ (Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2016), 365 pp.; and ‘Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky’ (exhibition catalogue, National Portrait Gallery, London, 2016), 176 pp.

    She was also granted an Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award for a PhD student to research questions of print culture, modernisation and urbanisation, using the Talbot Collection at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford as the prime research resource.

  • ANN: Exhibition of contemporary art from Central and Eastern Europe at Zacheta in Warsaw

    SHERA is pleased to announce a current exhibition curated by its member Magdalena Moskalewicz, “The Travellers: Voyage and Migration in New Art from Central and Eastern Europe”

    The exhibition looks at travel in a region where freedom to travel was, until recently, a luxury available only to the very few.. The exhibition offer a reflection by contemporary artists hailing from the region—the former Eastern Bloc and the former Yugoslavia—often first- and second-generation migrants. 23 artists from 15 countries show how people, goods, and ideas flow between this part of Europe and other regions of the world. They tell the stories of holiday trips as well as distant journeys and migrations, focusing on a period from the mid-20th century until today, from the closed borders of the divided Cold War-era Europe to the capitalism-driven acceleration of the 21st century. By exploring these travellers’ multiple viewpoints, an extraordinary gift described by Edward Said, the exhibition aims to shed light on the contemporary identity of the region, and is a direct commentary to its current socio-political situation.

    The exhibitions features works of: Adéla Babanová, Daniel Baker, Olga Chernysheva, Wojciech Gilewicz, Pravdoliub Ivanov, C.T. Jasper & Joanna Malinowska, Irina Korina, Taus Makhacheva, Porter McCray, Alban Muja, Ilona Németh & Jonathan Ravasz, Roman Ondak, Tímea Anita Oravecz, Adrian Paci, Vesna Pavlović, Dushko Petrovich, Janek Simon, Radek Szlaga & Honza Zamojski, Maja Vukoje, Sislej Xhafa

    The show is on view at Zachęta–National Gallery of Art in Warsaw until Aug 21. Please find more information on the Zacheta National Gallery’s website.

  • ANN: Exhibition: Etching Out Dreams: Contemporary Slovak Prints by Dušan Kállay, Kamila Štanclová, and Katarína Vavrová

    Announcing a new exhibition this summer: “Etching Out Dreams: Contemporary Slovak Prints by Dušan Kállay, Kamila Štanclová, and Katarína Vavrová”

    Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale, in conjunction with KADS New York, is pleased to announce its latest exhibition: Etching Out Dreams: Contemporary Slovak Prints by Dušan Kállay, Kamila Štanclová, and Katarína Vavrová
    Elma and Milton A. Gilbert Pavilion Gallery at Hebrew Home at Riverdale July 27–October 23, 2016
    Reception and Collection Highlights Tour: Sunday, October 9, 2016, 1:30–3 p.m.

    Three contemporary award-winning Slovak artists will be featured, Dušan Kállay (b. 1948) and Kamila Štanclová (b. 1945)—both students of Slovak master Vincent Hložník (1919–1997)—and Katarína Vavrová (b. 1964), who studied with Hložník’s protégé Albín Brunovský (1935–1997). This exhibition will take place in conjunction with a separate showing of 20 linocut prints by Hložník from the Hebrew Home Art Collection, which will be on view in early September at the BBLA Gallery at Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street in Manhattan. Visit http://www.bohemianbenevolent.org/ for further information.

    The graphic arts have long played a pivotal role in the history of Slovak art, before, during and after the Communist era. Key characteristics of modern Slovak art include figuration, narrative, the influence of Surrealism and an underlying sense of fantasy alongside an incisive, subtle social critique.

    Kállay and Štanclová are both accomplished illustrators who have won multiple awards for book illustration, another tradition with a long, rich history in the Slovak graphic arts. Included in the exhibition are four etchings by Kállay, each rendered with meticulously fine lines and overlapping shapes that demonstrate his technical skill. Kállay often incorporates text into his prints, sometimes confusing the viewer as to which way is up and which down. The works contain an exquisite type of chaos, full of movement and shapes that suggest storylines, rather than depict a literal narrative.

    Štanclová utilizes patterns and figurative motifs in her prints to explore evolving compositions and meanings. Rather than the traditional process of creating a drawing in advance of preparing an etching plate, Štanclová begins by drawing directly onto the plate, continuously developing and changing the image. She considers this process to be a diary that documents her artistic progress. Her etching Dances with the Wolves (2012), demonstrates her technique of repetition, trial, and error, as she uses the repeated shape of a paperclip to fill part of the space and to create complex layers.

    Vavrová’s painterly etchings reflect her background as both a painter and printmaker. Her exquisitely delicate prints evoke a sense of quietude and human pathos, suggesting different emotional states and interpersonal relationships through the use of color and symbols. These dreamlike symbols appear in the background in the form of trees, birds, and other animals, highlighted with sparing dashes of color that contribute to the atmospheric mood of each work. Kállay, Štanclová, and Vavrová all graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava where the graphic arts department was founded by Vincent Hložník in 1952. Known for his humanistic themes, strong imagery, and clever use of spatial relationships in his prints, he reflected on the human condition and war. Hložník left an indelible mark on the next generation of Slovak graphic artists, perhaps most notably Albín Brunovský, who succeeded Hložník at the Academy and received international acclaim for his work.

    KADS New York is a fine art print dealership with consulting practice based in New York City specializing in modern and contemporary Central and Eastern European fine art prints, offering collectors a wide range of prints created by renowned as well as emerging artists using traditional and non-traditional printmaking techniques. For more information, visit their website.

    As a member of the American Alliance of Museums, Hebrew Home at Riverdale by RiverSpring Health is committed to publicly exhibiting its art collection throughout its 32-acre campus including the Derfner Judaica Museum and a sculpture garden overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. The Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection provide educational and cultural programming for residents of the Hebrew Home, their families and the general public from throughout New York City, its surrounding suburbs and visitors from elsewhere. Hebrew Home is a nonprofit, non-sectarian geriatric organization serving more than 12,000 elderly persons in greater New York through its resources and community service programs. Museum hours: Sunday–Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Art Collection and grounds open daily, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Call 718-581-1596 for holiday hours and to schedule group tours, or for further information please visit the Hebrew Home website.

    This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.