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The Museum of Russian Art is proud to present:

A Slap in the Face of Public Taste - The Art of the Russian Avant-Garde

A Presentation by Mechella Yezernitskaya, Bryn Mawr College

This talk will explore visual and literary cultural production in avant-garde painting, posters, illustrated books, theatre, and film from the late Imperial to the early Soviet periods in Russia. Artists and poets collaborated in a variety of media, styles, and movements—including Neo-Primitivism, Cubo-Futurism, Suprematism, and Constructivism—that arose in Russia’s tumultuous wartime and revolutionary years. By examining works by artists Vladimir Mayakovsky, Kazimir Malevich, Olga Rozanova, Natalia Goncharova, and Aleksei Kruchenykh, among others, this richly illustrated talk reveals the wide-ranging artistic and literary forms and concepts that were spearheaded during Russia’s transformational years.

Doors will open at 5:45pm - Presentation will begin at 6:30pm, Q&A will follow the presentation

Airplanes over the City, from the portfolio Voina(War), linocuts by Olga Rozanova and poetry by Aleksei Kruchenykh, 1916. Linocut and collage on paper. Museum of Modern Art, New York.



About the presenter:

Mechella Yezernitskaya is a New York-based art historian and curator. She is currently a PhD candidate in the History of Art at Bryn Mawr College writing her dissertation on wartime visual and literary culture of the Russian and Soviet avant-gardes. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the New York Public Library and the Graduate Schools of Arts and Sciences at Bryn Mawr College. She has also held curatorial positions in several institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PA. Most recently, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, she co-curated the exhibitions Beyond Boundaries: Feminine Forms in 2017-2018, Infinite Spaces: Rediscovering PAFA’s Permanent Collection in 2018, and SWARM. in 2018. Mechella has published her research on Russian and Soviet art and collecting in Baltic Worldsand Oxford Art Onlineas well as essays in exhibition catalogues.


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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