Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the establishment of the first public library dedicated to contemporary art in Russia, opening in December 2014. Led by Head of Research Sasha Obukhova, the library constitutes the largest specialized public collection of books in Russia dedicated to art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The collection comprises over 15,000 items, including rare antiquarian editions, monographs by leading art scholars, catalogues of group exhibitions and museum collections, artists’ biographies, journals on contemporary art and architecture, and publications on the theory of culture. The library will be open to the public, and the archive will be available by appointment for specialists.
Sasha Obukhova states, “I am pleased to announce that after two years of intensive work we open Russia’s first public library on the history of contemporary art. Students, artists, researchers, professionals, and amateurs can come anytime and take advantage of early, hard-to-reach information on the history of international and Russian contemporary art. The next step is to work on the archive materials’ digital conversion and the formation of an electronic base available for access all over the world.”
In 2012 Garage acquired the comprehensive archive, which includes the documents, videos, and library from the Art Project Foundation. Library publications have been accumulated through strategically procured donations, gallery archives, and purchases from vintage booksellers. In addition, with the mission of creating an oral history of Russian contemporary art to underscore the archive, in June 2013 Garage began conducting interviews with artists across generations about their work and influences. Garage is gradually collecting and editing more material to be made available online by June 2015, and the entirety of Garage’s archive is being digitally converted with the goal of launching in 2017.
The deadline for application is April, 10, 2014.
The Department of Art History of the European University at Saint-Petersburg opens a position of Associate Professor/Professor of Comparative studies of cinema and/or photography.
The Professor/Associate Professor of Comparative studies of cinema and/or photography shall teach two one-year courses in cinema and/or photography, based on research of these media in connection with other arts and media placing them in intellectual and social contexts. The Professor/Associate Professor shall supervise students' theses of MA and Ph. D. levels, participate in the seminars where MA and PhD students present their reports, publish a series of articles in the field of the professorship (in peer-reviewed journals), organize several seminars, master-classes and scholarly conferences, and prepare for publication a critical anthology in the field of professorship compiled from foreign texts which present current state of research.
The applicant is expected to have teaching and research experience and expertise in the fields of the professorship – comparative study of cinema and/or photography. He or she has to have the Candidate of Science or Ph. D. degree. The candidate must be fluent both in Russian and English. The language of teaching can be Russian or English; however students' papers supervised by the Professor/Associate Professor will be written in Russian mostly. Editing of the anthology requires proficiency in Russian too.
The level of the position (Professor or Associate Professor – Russian "Dozent") and the salary is to be defined by the University and depends on professional merits and experience of the candidate. EUSP would especially prioritize applications from candidates who have Russian Doctor of Sciences degree or will be able to obtain in in the nearest future.
The position will be opened August 1, 2014, and expanded for three academic years. If the results of the Professorship are considered successful, the position will become permanent.
The candidate should provide his/her CV, a letter of application and name 2 referees familiar with his/her work as well as three-years plane of teaching and research.
Email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org; Fax: 7-812-3867639
The International Congresses of the Towns and Cities of Peter the Great take place every year in St. Petersburg at the time of the tsar’s birthday, 9 June. The 6th Congress will form part of the official programme of the Russia-UK Year of Culture.
The organizers of the Congress on the Russian side are the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the State Hermitage, the Peterhof State National Park Museum, the Institute of Peter the Great, and the Dmitry Likhachev Foundation.
The object of the Russia-UK Congress is to open new pages in the history of cultural relations between our two countries, to affirm the mutual benefits of cultural cooperation, and to initiate new cultural projects.
In 2013, Steve Yates contributed a site-specific photographic installation of 24 large color digital prints to a group exhibition of recent work by Galina Moskaleva, Vladimir Shaekhlevich and Janez Sever. The exhibition took place at the M’ARS (Moscow Arts) Center for Contemporary Arts from May 16 to June 11, 2013. The installation was accompanied by a lecture, "Steve Yates: After Modernism from Rodchenko and Moholy-Nagy to Rauschenberg."
Steve is also currently working on two large exhibition projects: He is the curator of an international exhibition and author on a multilingual reference publication titled László Moholy-Nagy and Russian Avant-garde. This will be the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of László Moholy-Nagy in thirteen mediums, placed alongside the proto-modern photography of the Russian Avant-garde. The work is supported by Curatorial Assistance and Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography.
Additionally, Steve is working as curator, editor, and essayist on Proto Modern: Photographic Innovations of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1918-1941, the first, formative history of photography in Russia and an international traveling exhibition with Curatorial Assistance.
Celebrating the long cultural tradition of engagement between the two countries, the UK/Russia Year of Culture in 2014 will offer Russian cultural events in the UK and vice versa to illustrate the way in which the relationship continues to develop new, creative and contemporary narratives in both countries. For more information, visit the British Council’s website, http://www.britishcouncil.org/nn/russia-common-bi-lateral-uk-russia-year-of-culture.htm
For a preview of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014, see also the magazine Russian Mind, which the site http://www.russianartandculture.com/, a website dedicated to news, reviews, and articles on Russia-related exhibitions and cultural events in the UK, has made available for free download at http://www.russianartandculture.com/news-preview-to-the-ukrussia-year-of-culture-2014/
Grigorii Iurevich Sternin, a distinguished scholar of Russian 19th and early 20th century art, Chief Scientific Officer and senior Researcher at the Institute of Art History of the Ministry of Culture, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Arts, died in Moscow on November 23, 2013. He was 86.
Contributions related but not limited, to the following topics of interest are expected:
avant-garde architecture and avant-garde ways of life (daily habits, modes of communication and behavior, which were brought to life by avant-garde architecture);
avant-garde architecture as the machine for the production of Soviet ideology (the role of aesthetics in the state’s political life);
avant-garde architecture as a laboratory for new life (experimental types of buildings and the daily practices constructed by them: house-communes, kitchen-factories, workers’ clubs, children’s complexes);
avant-garde architecture as an object of resistance (forms of non-conformity and defiance in citizen’s everyday life of the Soviet urban-planning policies);
avant-garde architecture without avant-garde artists (the after-life of the avant-garde architecture and of the everyday practices it constructed in the later periods of Soviet history);
avant-garde architecture and modern urban life (best practices of preservation and revitalization of constructivist ensembles, constructivism and creating new tourist destinations, modes of tourist consumption, sources of financing, public-private partnership, etc.)
Conference languages: Russian, English.
Submissions should include the speaker’s name, place of work and position, as well as the contact address, phone number(s), e-mail and the title of the proposed paper. Those selected to give presentations at the workshop will be contacted by March 1. Final papers will be due no later than April 20, and they will be posted on the conference website.
SHERA Member Pamela J. Kachurin has published Making Modernism Soviet: The Russian Avant-Garde in the Early Soviet Era, 1918-1928. Northwestern University Press, October 2013.
This highly-anticipated book provides a new understanding of the ideological engagement of artists such as Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko, and Vera Ermolaeva with the political and social agenda of the Bolsheviks. Focusing on the relationship between power brokers and cultural institutions under conditions of state patronage, Pamela Kachurin lays to rest the myth of the imposition of control from above upon a victimized artistic community. Drawing on extensive archival research, she shows that Russian modernists used their positions within the expanding Soviet arts bureaucracy to build up networks of like-minded colleagues. Their commitment to one another and to the task of creating a socially transformative visual language for the new Soviet context allowed them to produce some of their most famous works of art. But it also contributed to the "Sovietization" of the art world that eventually sealed their fate.
The Faces Behind the Art: Photos of Soviet Nonconformist Artists from the Dodge Collection at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, New Brunswick, New Jersey, US
Curated by Julia Tulovsky, Ph.D.
A new photography exhibition at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University provides a rare opportunity to see the personal side of Soviet nonconformist artists who risked social, political, and economic repercussions in their quests for freedom of expression during the Cold War period. Artists’ Portraits: Putting a Face to the Name, on view through April 6, 2014, invites viewers to peer into the eyes of these artists, as well as glimpse at the people and places in their lives. More than 30 works are drawn from the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, spotlighting artists whose works are on view at the Zimmerli.
Selling Russia's Treasures: The Soviet Trade in Nationalized Art, 1917-1938
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 6:00 pm
Columbia University, Butler Library, Room 203
535 West 114th Street, New York, NY
Please join the Harriman Institute for a presentation of Selling Russia's Treasures: The Soviet Trade in Nationalized Art, 1917-1938, an authoritative illustrated account of the unprecedented sale of Russia's cultural treasures by the Soviet government, with editors Nicolas Iljine and Natalia Semenova, as well as Elena Solomakha, Robert H. Davis, Jr., Edward Kasinec, Mark Schaffer, Richard Wortman, and honorary guest Amir Kabiri, President of the M.T. Abraham Foundation.
Co-sponsored by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University.