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  • CONF: The Russian Century: The Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts, 1801-1917

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

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

    September 30-October 1, 2016
    Yale University
    Henry R. Luce Hall Auditorium
    34 Hillhouse Avenue
    New Haven, CT

    Organised by Molly Brunson and Bella Grigoryan

    Since 1991, the classical Russian literature of the nineteenth century has gone through both eclipse and revival. Modernist and post-modernist accounts of Russian culture that came to the fore in the late 1980s have begun to give way to a reinterpretation of the nineteenth century, one that adds to the Russian classics a wider perspective encompassing music, visual arts, and theater and new methodologies. This process is only beginning and requires a united effort of scholars to succeed.

    Inspired by this renewed interest in the nineteenth century and the general shift toward destabilizing disciplinary and historiographic borders, this conference, under the guidance of Molly Brunson, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, brings together prominent senior scholars and emerging junior scholars from Russia, Europe, and the U.S., and from a wide range of fields (language and literature, musicology, art and architecture history, performance studies and drama history).

    Click for full conference programme

    Sponsored by the European Studies Council, the Russian Studies Program with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation, the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

  • CONF: International Scholarly Symposium: "Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects"

    CONF: International Scholarly Symposium: “Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects”
    Saturday, September 24, 2016, 8AM – 5PM

    Speakers from Europe and the United States will discuss the history of collecting Russian art in America. In addition, papers will be devoted to individual works of art featured in the exhibition of the same name. The presentations will include reports on the conservation and restoration of the objects of art as well as detailed findings of a scientific multispectral imaging of a hitherto unknown painting by Aleksei G. Venetsianov (1780–1847), one of Russia’s most significant 19th-century artists. Sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and C.V. Nalley III.

    This symposium is free and open to the public. All sessions will take place at the Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602, unless otherwise indicated.

    Friday, September 23, 2016
    4 – 5 PM Tour of the exhibition “Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects”

    5:30 PM Keynote Lecture: Mrs. Suzanne Massie 
The 2016 Shouky Shaheen Distinguished Lecturer in the Arts
Room S150, Lamar Dodd School of Art

    Saturday, September 24, 2016

    8 – 8:30 AM Coffee & pastries

    8:30 – 8:45 AM Opening remarks, Dr. William Underwood Eiland, director, Georgia Museum of Art

    8:45 – 9:30 AM Introductory lecture, Edward Kasinec, Columbia University, “Riddles of the De Basily Collections at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University”

    Session One: Russian Icons: Sales and Collections, moderated by Anna Winestein, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University & Ballets Russes Arts Initiative, Boston

    9:30 –11:00 AM Elena Osokina, University of South Carolina, “To Sell Icons: Soviet Industrialization and the Founding of the World Market in Russian Religious Art”

    Wendy Salmond, Chapman University, “Russian Icons in American Museums”

    11 – 11:30 AM Coffee break

    11:30 a.m. – 12:15 PM Yuri Pyatnitsky, State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, “The Tsars of Russia and the Holy Mountain Athos”
    12:30 – 2 p.m. Lunch and gallery tour

    Session Two: Russian Paintings in the West, moderated by Vladimir von Tsurikov, director of the Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    2 – 3:30 PM Anna Winestein, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University & Ballets Russes Arts Initiative, Boston, “Across the Chasm of Foreignness, Across the Chasm of Time: 19th-Century Russian Art in the West Before and After 1917”

    Erich Uffelman, Washington and Lee University, “The Scientific Imaging of the ‘Portrait of a Youth’ Featured in the Exhibition ‘Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects’” (The paper will be delivered jointly with Dr. Uffelman’s research assistant Ms. Mallory Abramson)

    3 – 3:30 PM Coffee break

    4 –4:45 PM Asen Kirin, University of Georgia, “Angels on Earth: Portraits and Icons in Russian Art and Literature During the Early 19th Century”

    5 – 5:30 PM Discussion and Adjournment

  • CONF: 4th Workshop of the Russian Art & Culture Group, Jacobs University, Bremen

    Announcing the programme for the 4th Workshop of the Russian Art & Culture Group
    Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany
    September 22-23, 2016

    For the full programme, please click here

  • 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:

    Full Programme
    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

    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.

  • 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 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



    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

    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:

    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

    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

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

    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

    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