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  • 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: ASEEES Conference in LVIV-Panel on 28 June

    ANN: ASEEES Conference in LVIV-Panel on 28 June

    Panel on Social Memory: “Identifying Wartime Losses and Displaced Valuables: Eyes on Ukraine”
    Session 9, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 4:30-6:15PM

    Presentation Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian

    Location: Room 05
    Many specialists estimate that two-thirds of the cultural losses of the Soviet Union during the Second World War were from the territory that today in independent Ukraine. But even after 25 years of independence, Ukraine has still not compiled a complete, or even partial, register of its war losses. More attention to such a register, to be sure, would aid in the identification and possible recovery of lost treasures that might surface abroad. The Khanenko Museum in Kyiv is the only museum to have published an English-language catalogue (1998) with limited illustrations of paintings lost during the war. With German coordination all of the listings were entered in the lostart.de Internet database in Magdeburg. Thanks to that listing and the Art Loss Register (London), in April 2015 a 17th-century Dutch painting that surfaced on auction in the Netherlands returned to Kyiv the first to have returned from abroad in 70 years. This panel will discuss the progress during Ukraine’s quarter century of independence to identify more of its war losses so they will be known abroad. And will present the newly published book about war losses and postwar holdings in the Simferopol Art Museum, the first published account and catalogue of ‘trophy” paintings from Germany in Ukraine.

    Chair: Wesley A. Fisher, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.

    Discussants ● Konstantin Akinsha, Independent Scholar

    Presenters: Patricia Kennedy Grimsted, Harvard U (US)/ International Inst of Social History (Netherlands)
    “Tracing Pan‐European Looted Art in Russia and Poland: The Erich Koch Collection as Example”

    Sergei Kot [Сергей Кот], Institute of History of Ukraine, NASU (Ukraine)
    “Ukrainian Cultural Losses: ‘Displaced’ Valuables, and the Long Road to Retrieval”

    Irina Tarsis, Ctr for Art Law (US)
    “One‐track Mind: Polish Lessons for Art Restitution Claims and Dispute Resolution Alternatives”

    For the full programme of the conference, please see ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention

  • CONF: Sergei Eisenstein: His Legacy in Film, Psychology and the Visual Arts

    Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre is delighted to announce the upcoming conference:
    Sergei Eisenstein: His Legacy in Film, Psychology and the Visual Arts

    Friday 15 April 2016 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday 16 April 2016 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Registration is from 09.30 on both days.

    Venue: Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

    This conference provides a platform for leading Eisenstein experts from around the world to present their current research and to initiate critical discussions about Sergei Eisenstein and his legacy in film, psychology and the visual arts. Hailed as one of the greatest directors of the twentieth century, Sergei Eisenstein is best known for his revolutionary and iconic films from The Battleship Potemkin to Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible. This conference invites audiences to consider Eisenstein beyond his cinematic achievements.

    Held on the occasion of the exhibition of Eisenstein drawings Unexpected Eisenstein organised by GRAD and Kino Klassika Foundation, it strives to explore for the first time his significant yet often overlooked relationship with England. Unexpected Eisenstein offers a rare opportunity to see this varied and often surprising collection of work. It brings together nearly seventy sketches, designs and printed materials from the Bakhrushin State Theatre Museum and Russian State Archive of Literature and Art (RGALI).

    Organised by Maria Mileeva and Natalia Murray (The Courtauld Institute of Art) with GRAD (Gallery for Russian Arts and Design), Kino Klassika Foundation, CCRAC (Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre)

    Click here to book via Eventbrite

  • ANN: THE PRIGOV ENCYCLOPEDIA: THE SIXTH INTERNATIONAL PRIGOV SYMPOSIUM

    THE PRIGOV ENCYCLOPEDIA:
    THE SIXTH INTERNATIONAL PRIGOV SYMPOSIUM

    St. Petersburg, May 16-18, 2016, Institute of Russian Literature at the Russian Academy of Science (The Pushkin House), Makarov Embankment, 4.

    The Institute of Russian Literature (The Pushkin House, Russian Academy of Sciences), the State Hermitage Museum, the Russian Museum, and the Prigov Foundation announce the 6th International Prigov Symposium to be held in St. Petersburg, May 16-18, 2016. The encyclopedia and encyclopedic knowledge is the central theme of this symposium. Since the Enlightenment, the main means of imparting the human knowledge a systemic character, the encyclopedia has been reconsidered by the 20th century’s thinkers as a utopian discourse and as a vehicle of imaginary worlds. This reinterpretation of the encyclopedia triggered the need to systematize creative and scholarly approaches in search of the perfect language (to use Umberto Eco’s formula). Seen in this context, Prigov’s oeuvre represents possibilities of the language and various media in the production of universalizing discourses, each displaying encyclopedic ambition to embrace the entire world. We invite papers focusing on Prigov’s treatment of the encyclopedic discourse and discussing his interpretation of relationships between the word and the image, expansion of genres into various medial spheres, as well as Prigov’s global life-long creative project, which by itself constitutes the “encyclopedia of the Russian life”.

    Presenters are allocated 20 minutes each + 5 min. for comments and questions after each presentation.

    Papers will be presented in Russian and English.

    A limited number of travel grants of up to $500 are available upon admission to the conference program. Accommodation for 3 nights will be provided and partially covered.

    Please send your abstract (300 words) and a short bio to d.a.prigov2016@yandex.ru.

    The deadline is April 10, 2016.

    On behalf of the Symposium organizing committee,
    Natalia Semenova,
    Secretary of the committee

  • Talk: Jared Ash, "The Graphic Life of Letters in Russian Avant-Garde Book Design"

    Public Talk: The Graphic Life of Letters in Russian Avant-Garde Book Design

    with Jared Ash

    Monday, March 28, 2016
    6:30PM – 8:30PM
    Location: Type@Cooper, Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square, New York, NY

    From 1910 through the 1930s, “the book” played a consistently fertile medium for innovation and experimentation among artists of the Russian avant-garde. While constructivist theories and works by El Lissitzky, Alexander Rodchenko, and Il’ia Zdanevich (Iliazd) are generally familiar to type historians, students, and designers, less well known are the neo-primitivist and cubo-futurist publications of the early 1910s that influenced them. Though the text of these earlier editions is written primarily in manuscript and reproduced through lithography, this talk will highlight specific practices and design elements in them that not only appear later in constructivist typography, but epitomize it. In addition to the afore-listed artist-designers, we also will look at Aleksei Kruchenykh, Vasily Kamensky, Pavel Filonov, Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov, and Olga Rozanova, all of whom strove to re-endow the printed word with the same vibrancy and vitality found in ancient texts, sacred manuscripts, painted signboards, and other forms of visually expressive text.

    The event is free, but booking is essential: http://coopertype.org/event/the_graphic_life_of_letters_in_russian_avant_garde_book_design

    Lecturer: Jared Ash

    The Graphic Life of Letters in Russian Avant-Garde Book Design Jared Ash is Special Collections Librarian at the Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where his primary responsibilities are developing and cataloging Watson’s collections of Russian, Slavic, and rare materials.

    From 2006 to 2012, Jared was Curator and Librarian of Special Collections at the Newark Public Library (Newark, NJ), where he curated a number of exhibitions drawn from Newark’s rich collections of artists’ books, illustrated books, fine prints, photographs, and fine printing.

    As Curator of the Judith Rothschild Foundation from 1997 to 2002, Jared developed and cataloged a collection of more than 1,200 Russian avant-garde books, periodicals, and works on paper that was donated to the Museum of Modern Art in 2001; he collaborated with MoMA’s Department of Prints and Illustrated Books on the 2002 exhibition, The Russian Avant-Garde Book 1910-1934, and contributed an essay, chapter introductions and more to the accompanying catalog. In addition to the MoMA catalog, Jared also has contributed essays on the Russian avant-garde and book design to publications for the Art Institute of Chicago and the library of the Van Abbemuseum, The Education of a Typographer (edited by Steven Heller), and the journals, Central Booking and Art Documentation.

    Jared holds degrees in Russian Studies from Brown University and New York University, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University.

  • ANN: Society of Architectural Historians - Architecture Tours and Public Seminar at Pasadena/Los Angeles Conference

    Society of Architectural Historians Announces
    Architecture Tours and Public Seminar at Pasadena/Los Angeles Conference

    The Society of Architectural Historians announces public programming scheduled for its 2016 Annual International Conference to be held April 6–10 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Academics and professionals from around the world will convene in Pasadena to share new research on the history of the built environment. In addition to the conference’s 42 paper sessions, SAH will present 18 guided architectural tours of the Pasadena/Los Angeles region as well as a seminar that examines SurveyLA, Los Angeles’ city-wide historic resources program developed by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the City of Los Angeles. All tours and the SAH Los Angeles Seminar are open to the public. Tickets are available at http://sah.org/2016.

    Local historians and architects will lead architecture tours on Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10, in Pasadena and Los Angeles, as well as nearby cities including Irvine and Claremont. Works by Richard Neutra, Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner, Myron Hunt, Paul Revere Williams and Rudolph Schindler will be featured, as well as building styles such as West Coast modernism, Beaux-Arts and Classical Revivalism. Tours of the architecture of the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Boyle Heights and Frogtown will explore issues related to multiculturalism, gentrification and development. A complete list of tours is listed below.

    The SAH Los Angeles Seminar, “Surveying L.A.: Past, Present, Future,” will take place on Saturday, April 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at SCI-Arc’s Keck Lecture Hall. The program will include two panel discussions that examine the impact of the Los Angeles Historic Resources Survey, SurveyLA, and its website, HistoricPlacesLA, created to inventory, map and help protect Los Angeles’ significant historic resources. A tour of one of the neighborhoods surveyed, Boyle Heights, will be offered following the seminar (tour tickets sold separately).

    Panelists include:

    Ken Bernstein, Manager,Office of Historic Resources, City of Los Angeles David Myers, Senior Project Specialist, The Getty Conservation Institute Trudi Sandmeier, Director, Graduate Programs in Heritage Conservation, University of Southern California; Member of SurveyLA Review Committee Maristella Casciato, Senior Curator of Architectural Collections, The Getty Research Institute Timothy Hyde, Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, MIT Conference registration is NOT required to purchase tickets for tours and the SAH Los Angeles Seminar. For complete conference program information and registration rates, visit http://sah.org/2016.

    CONFERENCE DETAILS
    Society of Architectural Historians 2016 Annual International Conference
    Dates: April 6­–10, 2016
    Location: Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green St, Pasadena

    TOURS
    Tickets: $25–$110 (plus a one-time $25 per order processing fee) AIA CES Learning Units available for participation in tours All tours will depart from the Pasadena Convention Center.

    Saturday, April 9
    TR1 Architecture of John Lautner (9 am–4 pm) TR2 Myron Hunt, Southern California Master Architect (9 am–4 pm) TR3 Irvine, California: The Master Planned City at 50 (11 am–4 pm) TR4 Los Angeles’ Chinatown and Union Station (11 am–4 pm) TR5 Pasadena and the City Beautiful Movement (12–4 pm) TR6 Schindler-Neutra-Ain in Silver Lake (12–4 pm) TR7 Conjunctive Points: Samitaur, Moss, Culver City (12–4 pm) TR8 Paul Revere Williams in West Adams (12–4 pm) TR9 Boyle Heights: The Heart of Los Angeles’ Historic Eastside (Complements the SAH Los Angeles Seminar) (12:45–4 pm) TR10 Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens (1–4 pm)

    Sunday, April 10
    TR11 Historic Design Gardens of Pasadena (9 am–12 pm) TR12 Kings Road: An Urban Idyll, 1867–2016 (9 am–12 pm) TR13 Frogtown and the Los Angeles River Now (9 am–12 pm) TR14 Master of Modernism: Neutra and Wright in Bakersfield (9 am–5 pm) TR15 Office Park: Post-Industrial Orange County, 1970–1990 (9 am–5 pm) TR16 Beyond the “Pasadena Style”: Regional Modernism in Southern California (9 am–5 pm) TR17 Claremont Modern: The Convergence of Art + Architecture at Mid-century (9 am–5 pm) TR18 Brand Library Restoration (9 am–12 pm)

    SAH LOS ANGELES SEMINAR: “Surveying L.A.: Past, Present, Future”
    Saturday, April 9, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. SCI-Arc (960 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA), W. M. Keck Lecture Hall (Free parking available in the parking lot at 350 Merrick Street, between Traction Avenue and 4th Street.) Tickets: $20 (advance registration required)| AIA CES: 4 LU

    ABOUT SAH
    Founded in 1940, the Society of Architectural Historians is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes and urbanism worldwide. SAH serves a network of local, national and international institutions and individuals who, by vocation or avocation, focus on the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life. SAH promotes meaningful public engagement with the history of the built environment through advocacy efforts, print and online publications, and local, national and international programs. Learn more at sah.org.

  • Conference: 100 Years of Suprematism (Harriman Institute, New York; December 11-12, 2015)

    The Malevich Society will host “100 Years of Suprematism,” a conference organized in celebration of the centenary of Kazimir Malevich’s invention of Suprematism and the first public display of his Suprematist paintings in December, 1915. The two-day conference, organized in association with the Harriman Institute, the Lazar Khidekel Society, and SHERA, will be held on Friday and Saturday, December 11-12, 2015, at the Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center, Columbia University, New York City (directions: http://apam.columbia.edu/directions-davis-auditorium-cepsr.

    The conference promises to be an historic event, featuring presentations by an international and renowned group of scholars. Among them are leading researchers in the field from the United States, Russia, and the United Kingdom. The event will also include a presentation of Kazimir Malevich: Letters and Documents, Memoirs and Criticism (London: Tate, 2015).

    The conference program, abstracts, and registration are available on The Malevich Society’s website. Although registration will be available at the door on December 11 and 12 (based on space availability), registration online is encouraged to ensure a seat. Attendance is free.

    Questions can be sent to info@malevichsociety.org.

  • Conference: Visualizing the Nation (Budapest; 27-28 November 2015)

    Budapest, ELTE BTK (Eötvös Loránd University – Faculty of Humanities) Faculty Council Hall, Ground Floor of Building “A”, Múzeum krt. 4/A
    November 27 - 28, 2015
    Visualizing the Nation. Post-Socialist ImagiNations

    While nationalism was expected to vanish in the post-Cold War era, it has instead returned with a vengeance, empowered by a renewed vitality. The spectre of nationalism is haunting Europe, and not only in the former-Eastern bloc, but also in the more affluent countries, which have been impacted by the economic crisis and mass-migration. This conference, however, mainly focuses on the Eastern and Central European region after the fall of communism with consideration of and occasional comparison with cases from outside of the region.

    It centres on the visual dimensions of nationalism, as nationalism is considered one of the most visual political currents. Yet conferences on nationalism, though abundant, hardly ever address this link. This one broadens the scope of interpretation, moving beyond an exploration of the political, sociological and philosophical aspects of the “imagined communities” of the present and focusing instead on the often overlooked but fundamental processes through which the nation is visualized.

    Art and culture have always played a prominent role in the nation-building process, as nationalism inherently speaks the language of images and presents itself via a plethora of vivid pictures, symbols, myths, and performative rituals. Dreams, fantasy and imagination, projected on the past and future, contribute to this. Its building blocks are moments of history commemorated by monuments (and counter-monuments) and propagated by an institutional framework.

    The four sections of the two-day conference are post-socialist nationalisms; nationalizing public space; on the margins of the nation; and historicizing the nation.

    FOR THE COMPLETE CONFERENCE PROGRAM, SEE FULL POST

  • Conference: Stravinsky’s Fox: Folk, Myth & Ritual in the Russian Silver Age (Cambridge, UK; December 14, 2015)

    Conference: Stravinsky’s Fox: Folk, Myth & Ritual in the Russian Silver Age (Cambridge, UK; December 14, 2015)

    Monday 14 December 2015
    10.20-14.30
    The Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge

    The centenary of the riotous first performance of Igor Stravinsky’s best known modernist work, Le Sacre du printemps (1913), has inspired numerous scholarly and public events in recent years. Less well known are the works Stravinsky wrote in Switzerland during the wartime years, which saw him developing his interest in themes drawn from Russian folklore. After the Pribautki of 1914, the one-act ‘burlesque in song and dance’ Renard, commissioned by the Princess de Polignac, was written between 1915 and 1916; this was followed by, among other works, The Cat’s Lullabies (1915), Three Children’s Tales (1917) and Four Russian Peasant Songs (1917).

    This interdisciplinary workshop explores ideas of folk, myth and ritual in early twentieth-century Russian culture. It comprises four papers situating Stravinsky’s work in the context of visual culture, music, fashion and dance, followed by a panel discussion. Papers seek to highlight synergies between modernist trends in these differing genres during the ‘Silver Age’, as well as the impact of Russian culture on the development of modernism in Western Europe around the time of the Great War.

    For a full programme and booking instructions, please visit http://ccrac.hoart.cam.ac.uk/upcoming-events/

    This workshop is organised by the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre and seeks to complement the Philharmonia Orchestra’s 2015-2016 season ‘Myths and Rituals’. For more information, see here.

    The event is enabled by a conference grant from the Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge.
    Convenors: Dr Rosalind Polly Blakesley: University of Cambridge; Dr Louise Hardiman: Independent Scholar

  • Conference: Politics of Aura. El Lissitzky’s ‘Abstract Cabinet’ between Musealisation and Participation (Berlin; December 2, 2015)

    Conference on the project „Demonstrationsraum“ (Demonstration Room) at the Representation of Lower Saxony at the Federal Government in Berlin as part of its annual program “inspections // participation” in cooperation with the DFG Post-Graduate Program 1843 “The Photographic Dispositif” at the Braunschweig University of Art

    Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015, noon – 5.30 pm, followed by an evening lecture at 7 pm
    Location: Vertretung des Landes Niedersachsen beim Bund, Ministergärten 10, 10117 Berlin

    “Demonstrationsraum” is an exhibition on the “Abstract Cabinet” by El Lissitzky (1890-1941) conceived as an Augmented Reality app. The project is based on Lissitzky’s artistic and social vision of the combination of art and technology which is transferred into an interactive application consisting of historical and contemporary photographs. By employing this media technology, the complex history of the “Demonstrationsraum” is rendered visible with the help of its archival material. At the same time, the application opens a virtual space in which users can inscribe themselves into the historiography of this museum object by taking a selfie. The active participation of the viewer as an constitutive part of the museum presentation of the “Abstract Cabinet” is thereby reactivated. The project explores new methods of research, exhibition and knowledge production with the aim of a scientifically sound and at the same time low-threshold representation of the history and art historiography of this complex art object.

    In June 2016, the app “Demonstrationsraum” will be available in the “Abstract Cabinet” at the Sprengel Museum Hannover. It will be presented in the Representation of Lower Saxony at the Federal Government in Berlin as part of the annual program “inspections // participation” from November 30 to December 13, 2015. In October 2016, the project will be presented in the gallery of the Braunschweig University of Art.

    On December 2, 2015 the conference “Politics of Aura. El Lissitzky’s ‘Abstract Cabinet’ between Musealisation and Participation“ at the Vertretung des Landes Niedersachsen beim Bund, Berlin, will discuss the project and the issues it aims to address.

    The tension between aura detachment and the auratic appearance of the means to achieve it that made Lissitzky’s installation such an interesting case for contemporary artistic and curatorial practices is accelerated by its art historical canonization. The primal space was destroyed in the 1930s under the pressure of the cultural political campaigns of the nazi regime and re-erected as late as in 1968. This reconstruction of the “Abstract Cabinet” was moved to the Sprengel Museum Hannover in 1979, where it has since been on view as part of the permanent collection. The museum’s logic transformed it into a Gesamtkunstwerk, in opposition to a space dedicated to the experience of the spectator. An object, that today is the subject of considerations of conservation on the basis of the interpretation of historical documents of the space.

    To what extent is the “Abstract Cabinet’s” claim of participation compatible with its musealization? Do non-morphological aspects of the space have to be taken into account when it comes to its preservation? And how can an original state be postulated, when even the complex form of the installation is only fragmentarily conveyed in photographs, construction sketches and drawings? How can its initial mission be experienced now by contemporary visitors? Which methods and media could be employed to re-activate the “Abstract Cabinet”?

    These and further aspects of the project will be reflected from different perspectives in the format of short lectures followed by a discussion during the conference on December 2.

    FOR COMPLETE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE, SEE FULL POST