ANN: New Publication: Czech Feminisms: Perspectives on Gender in East Central Europe
Edited by Iveta Jusová & Jiina Šiklová
In this wide-ranging study of women’s and gender issues in the pre-and post-1989 Czech Republic, contributors engage with current feminist debates and theories of nation and identity to examine the historical and cultural transformations of Czech feminism. This collection of essays by leading scholars, artists, and activists, explores such topics as reproductive rights, state socialist welfare provisions, Czech women’s NGOs, anarchofeminism, human trafficking, LGBT politics, masculinity, feminist art, among others. Foregrounding experiences of women and sexual and ethnic minorities in the Czech Republic, the contributors raise important questions about the transfer of feminist concepts across languages and cultures. As the economic orthodoxy of the European Union threatens to occlude relevant stories of the different national communities comprising the Eurozone, this book contributes to the understanding of the diverse origins from which something like a European community arises.
Iveta Jusová is Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Literature at Carleton College.
Jiina Šiklová, CSc., is an acclaimed Czech sociologist, writer, former dissident, and one of the most influential Czech feminists. She is founder of the Gender Studies Center in Prague.
Indiana University Press September 2016
ANN: New Publication by Julia Tulovsky: Avant-Garde Textiles: Designs for Fabric
Book talk: Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:00pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building)
Columbia University, Harriman Institute, NYC
In the mid-1920s, several great avant-garde artists in different artistic centers simultaneously began explorations in fabric design. Their designs, united by striking visual similarities, put forward a new artistic language that, in principle, anticipated future experiments in modernism, in particular op art and minimalism. Avant-Garde Textiles: Designs for Fabric provides an overview of these designs and argues that the reasons for their similarities lay in common influences from visual sources and theoretical writings of the time.
Tulovsky draws special attention to work by two Russian constructivist artists in Moscow, Liubov Popova and Varvara Stepanova, and that of Sonia Delaunay in Paris. The book analyses common features that link the artistic projects of the Russian constructivists and Delaunay, and explores how the new geometric patterns, very similar in style, were adapted to the drastically different social and economical conditions of Bolshevik Moscow and luxurious Paris of the Art Deco epoch. By the end of the 1920s, the new geometric style in textiles had grown into an international movement. The penetration of these fabrics directly into everyday life influenced people’s tastes, and prepared a firm ground for future developments in modernism.
Julia Tulovsky is the Curator for Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is a specialist in Russian art and holds her PhD from Moscow State University. Before coming to the Zimmerli she worked at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, and since 2001 has served as executive director of the Malevich Society in New York. She has published broadly on Russian avant-garde and contemporary art, both in Russian and in English. She is co-editor of a special Russian-American issue of the Pinakotheke journal (Vol. 21-22, no 1-2, 2006), editor of Claude and Nina Gruen Collection of Contemporary Russian Art (Zimmerli Art Museum, 2008), a contributor to Moscow Conceptualism in Context (Prestel, 2011) and Sokov (Kerber, 2012), and editor of Oleg Vassiliev: Space and Light (Zimmerli Art Museum, 2014).
SHERA is thrilled to announce that member Corina Apostol is on the long list of nominees for the 2016 Kandinsky Prize (Премия Кандинского), in the category “Scholarly work. Contemporary art history and theory.”
Other nominees include Viktor Miziano, Georgii Kizevalter, Liudmila Bredikhina, Svetlanda Baskova, Alec Epshtein.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
SHERA is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication by Nancy Perloff, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Collections at the Getty Research Institute.
Entitled Explodity: Sound, Image, and Word in Russian Futurist Book Art, it is forthcoming in December 2016 from Getty Publications.