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  • ANN: Alison Hilton elected to membership in Polish Association of Art Historians

    ANN: SHERA Member Alison Hilton was elected to membership in the Polish Association of Art Historians (Stowarzyszenie Historykow Sztuki) in spring of 2016.

    In September 2016, she gave a lecture at the National Museum in Szczecin on “Borderlands and Conceptual Boundaries - Poland and Beyond.”

    Congratulations Alison!

  • ANN: New Member Publication: Austrian and Ukrainian Literature and Art

    SHERA is pleased to announce the latest publication from member Vera Faber, together with Dmytro Horbachov and Johann Sonnleitner, eds.:

    Austrian and Ukrainian Literature and Art. Contacts and Contexts in Modernism and Avant-garde

    Description:
    This collection of articles focuses on the mutual interrelations, interactions, analogies and divergences in the visual arts, literature and society in Viennese and Ukrainian modernism and avant-garde. Although the cultural relations between Austria and Ukraine after 1918 became increasingly sparse, the examination and description of the affinities and contrasts appears to be instructive. Moreover, the volume contains illustrations and images of the Ukrainian avant-garde in literature and the visual arts, as well as futurist and constructivist stage design.

    Editors: Vera Faber (Wien) holds an MA in Slavonic Studies and an MDES in Design. She is a PhD candidate in Slavonic Studies (University of Vienna) and a lecturer for cultural studies and art history.
    Dmytro Horbachov (Kyiv) works as an art historian and curator with focus on avant-garde and is a professor emeritus of the University of theatre, Film and TV in Kyiv, Ukraine.
    Johann Sonnleitner (Wien) is professor for Modern German and Austrian literature at the institute of German Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria.

    https://www.peterlang.com/view/9783653059359/9783653059359.00003.xml?rskey=m9NdWo&result=1

    More information in German:

    Faber, Vera / Horbachov, Dmytro / Sonnleitner, Johann (Hrsg.): Österreichische und ukrainische Literatur und Kunst. Kontakte und Kontexte in Moderne und Avantgarde

    Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2016. 276 S., 32 farb. Abb., 12 s/w Abb.
    Wechselwirkungen. Österreichische Literatur im Internationalen Kontext. Bd. 20
    General Editors: Norbert Bachleitner, Leopold Decloedt, Wynfrid Kriegleder und Stefan Simonek

    Über das Buch
    Der Band widmet sich den Wechselbeziehungen, Wechselwirkungen, aber auch Analogien und auffälligen Divergenzen zwischen Kunst, Literatur und Wissenschaft im Wien der Jahrhundertwende sowie in der ukrainischen Moderne und Avantgarde. Die kulturellen Beziehungen zwischen der Ukraine und Österreich werden gerade nach 1918 immer spärlicher, dennoch scheint es lehrreich, die Affinitäten und Kontraste zwischen den zunehmend auseinanderdriftenden kulturellen Räumen zu beschreiben und zu beobachten. Der Band macht zudem viele beeindruckende ukrainische Forschungsleistungen erstmals in deutscher Sprache zugänglich. Überdies enthält er umfangreiches Bildmaterial zur ukrainischen literarischen und bildkünstlerischen Avantgarde sowie zum futuristischen und konstruktivistischen Bühnenbild.
Die in diesem Band versammelten Beiträge wurden zum Großteil bei der von Vera Faber gemeinsam mit dem Österreichischen Kulturforum Kiew sowie der Österreich-Bibliothek Kiew konzipierten Tagung „Wiener Moderne / Ukrainische Avantgarde”, die vom 20. bis 21. November 2014 an der Vernads’kyj-Nationalbibliothek der Ukraine sowie an der Österreich-Bibliothek Kiew stattgefunden hat, als Vorträge gehalten.

    Inhalt
– Vera Faber/Dmytro Horbachov/Johann Sonnleitner: Wiener Moderne und ukrainische Avantgarde 
– Jakub Forst-Battaglia: «Der farbenvolle Untergang» - Geistige und gesellschaftliche Strömungen in der Habsburgermonarchie zur Jahrhundertwende 
– Vera Faber: Konzept und Wirklichkeit - Frauen in der Wiener Moderne und in der ukrainischen Avantgarde 
– Gerhard Donhauser: Von Galizien nach Wien. Biographische Skizzen aus den «wilden Jahren» der Psychoanalyse 
– Anja Lange: Von Wien nach Lemberg - die Bedeutung des Kaffeehauses für die Lemberger «Moloda Muza»
– Tamara Hundorova: Die «Femme Fatale» und die Spuren der Wiener Moderne im Werk ukrainischer Autoren von der Jahrhundertwende bis Ende der 1920er Jahre
– Stefan Simonek: Mychajlo Draj-Chmara als Übersetzer Stefan Zweigs
– Ivan Megela: Die Rezeption der Wiener Moderne in der Ukraine 
– Johann Sonnleitner: Weibliche Avantgarde in Österreich nach 1918. Zu Maria Lazar und ihrem Umfeld 
– Elina Knorpp: «Eine Ohrfeige dem öffentlichen Geschmack» - Expressionismus, Futurismus, Konstruktivismus auf den Bühnen in Wien, Kiew und Charkiw 
– Olena Balun: Das Volksbild «Kosak Mamaj» in den Werken der ukrainischen Avantgarde als Beispiel für Identitätskonstruktionen der europäischen Moderne 
– Nelli Kornijenko: Les’ Kurbas - Wien - und weiter… 
– Iryna Meleškina: Die Sammlung dеr ukrainischen szenographischen Avantgarde im Fonds des Nationalen Museums für Theater, Musik und Kino der Ukraine.

    Herausgeber
    Vera Faber (Wien) hat Slawistik und Design in Wien studiert und ist Lehrbeauftragte für Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaft.
    Dmytro Horbachov (Kiew) ist Kunsthistoriker und Kurator sowie emer. Professor an der Universität für Theater, Kino und Television in Kiew.
    Johann Sonnleitner (Wien) ist Germanist und Romanist sowie Professor an der Universität Wien.

    https://www.peterlang.com/view/9783653059359/9783653059359.00003.xml?rskey=m9NdWo&result=1

  • ANN: New Publication: Czech Feminisms: Perspectives on Gender in East Central Europe

    ANN: New Publication: Czech Feminisms: Perspectives on Gender in East Central Europe

    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
    http://www.combinedacademic.co.uk/czech-feminisms

  • ANN: New Publication by Julia Tulovsky: Avant-Garde Textiles: Designs for Fabric

    ANN: New Publication by Julia Tulovsky: Avant-Garde Textiles: Designs for Fabric

    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).

  • ANN: Corina Apostol on Long List of Nominees for Kandinsky Prize!

    ANN: Corina Apostol on Long List of Nominees for Kandinsky Prize!

    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.

    Congratulations, Corina!

  • 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!

  • 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.