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  • 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: The 9th annual Russian documentary film festival in New York: RusDocFilmFest-3W

    The 9th annual Russian documentary film festival in New York: RusDocFilmFest-3W
    Manhattan and Brooklyn, October 7-9, 2016
    Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Avenue, Manhattan), Downtown Community TV Center (DCTV, 87 Lafayette St., Manhattan), and Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza).

    There are over 25 documentaries made by filmmakers from Armenia, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, and the U.S. Some screenings will have a Q&A session. Most screenings will be American premieres, and all films will have English subtitles.

    Recommended screenings: the program “Remembering the Holocaust in the XXI Century” includes several films, among them the documentary Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today made by famous American film-director Stuart Schulberg (with Pare Lorentz, “FDR’s filmmaker”) in 1947/48. This documentary was screened in the U.S. for the first time only in 2010. The film will be performed at the festival Opening Event on October 7, 2016, at 7:00 pm. Another documentary in this program – The Bunins’ Alleys — tells about the first Russian Nobel laureate Ivan Bunin and his wife during the Second World War in occupied France.

    In addition, famous director Marina Razbezhkina will show her documentary Optical Axis. The film was made in an unusual genre of allusion: modern reality is created in the discourse of old photographs made by Russian photographer Maxim Dmitriev in 1913.

    Another documentary from Razbezhkina’s school is Chechen by Beata Bubenets (Ukraine). Accented in a socio-political way, the film-director creates a subtle and precise psychological portrait of a Maidan “foot soldier”, setting him against the historical cataclysms his society is undergoing. This film was awarded at Artdocfest-2015 - “Best Feature-Length Film”, film festival ‘Stalker’ - “Best Art-Film”, as well as The National Award “Laurus” - “Best Art-Film”. The festival will also show a special program for students –“At the Crossroads” – a program of debuts by newly graduated film-directors (Moscow and Saint-Petersburg).

    The organizer of the festival, The New Review/ Noviy Zhurnal, the oldest Russian Émigré literary journal in the U.S., will also arrange presentations by The Zimin Foundation, (formerly The Dynasty Foundation), and The Boris Yeltsin Center at Hunter College on October 7 at 4 pm.

    For additional information please visit the festival website: or email

  • ANN: Forthcoming Publication by Nancy Perloff: Explodity: Sound, Image, and Word in Russian Futurist Book Art

    ANN: Forthcoming Publication by Nancy Perloff: Explodity: Sound, Image, and Word in Russian Futurist Book Art

    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.

  • ANN: AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS grants the Museum of Russian Icons accreditation

    ANN: AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS grants the Museum of Russian Icons accreditation

    On the eve of the Museum of Russian Icons tenth anniversary (it opened its doors in October 2006) the Museum receives the highest accolade available to American museums - the AAM Accreditation.

    Fewer than 10% of American museums are accredited. Accreditation is a long process and requires that the museum preform at the highest ethical, administration and community engagement standards, equal to any of the most prestigious national museums in the USA.

    It is very unusual for accreditation to be awarded to a museum that is only ten year old. This is a cap stone for the philanthropy of the founder’s Gordon B. Lankton, former President and Chairman of Nypro Inc. Mr. Lankton acquired his first icon, a St Nicholas on display at the Museum in 1991. From that time onward Mr. Lankton has assembled what Nadezhda Bekeneva of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow has called “one of the finest private collections of Russian icons in the world”. Mr. Lankton has donated his collection of over 1,000 icons from the 15th to 21st centuries along with the magnificent buildings that house the Museum in the care of a Board of Trustees. To ensure the future of the Museum Mr. Lankton has arranged to leave a significant endowment.

    “This is a wonderful acknowledgement of what has been achieved here, I am pleased that the AAM has recognized the Museum and the collections for quality and for the work we have done to bring the Museum to life. I am very happy to share this accolade with my favorite Town of Clinton”—Gordon B. Lankton upon hearing of the AAM Accreditation.

    Tara Young, Deputy Director at the Museum of Russian Icons led the Museum’s team to apply for accreditation. She and the Museum staff team of seven employees and the Trustees worked over a year to prepare the documentation for the application and to get the Museum systems up to AAM standard.

    The Museum is a lynch-pin for the revitalization of the Town of Clinton and the neighboring communities. The Museum attract over 15,000 visitors from around the country and the world annually. The Museum houses the largest, and finest collection of Russian icons outside of Russia.

    In awarding accreditation, the AAM review commission called the collections “important”, “significant”. They applauded “the spirit in which the accreditation process was approached by the staff and Trustees”. They commended the Museum on its strong community partnerships and in particular sited the establishment of the Moscow Study Center in partnership with WPI. The commissioners were impressed by the range and quality of the Museum programming. They also mentioned the recent international conference that attracted scholars from around the world to attend a 3 day event to discuss icons and Byzantine art during a major international exhibition in collaboration with the British Museum, London, was taking place. The Museum of Russian Icons was cited for how they use the collection of icons to promote understanding between the USA and Russia.

    The Museum of Russian Icons is the only Museum in the USA dedicated to Russian icons and it is the largest collection outside of Russia.

    MUSEUM OF RUSSIAN ICONS, 203 Union Street, Clinton, MA 10150, USA
    Admission: Adults $10, seniors (59+) $7, Students $5, Children (3-7) $5, Children < Free
    Museum Open: Tue. - Fri., 11 to 4pm, FIRST Thurs to 8pm, Sat 11 to 5pm
    Free to Museum Members.

    For interviews & further information:
    Kent Russell, CEO/Curator 978 598 5000 x 12