CEERES is grateful to June Farris, the Regenstein Library’s Bibliographer for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, for mounting “The Historical and New Avant-Gardes of Eastern Europe: Bookends of the 20th Century” exhibit to go along with our upcoming symposium, “New Histories of Modern Art: the East European Avant-Gardes,” which will take place at the Franke Institute from February 4-6, 2010.
Here is an excerpt from Farris’s introduction to the exhibit:
“The political and cultural turmoil of the 20th century’s first decades is mirrored in that of its last. The historical avant-garde, from its myriad definitions and “isms”—Dadaism, Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism, Constructivism, Surrealism–to its diverse manifestations in art and culture, as well as its legacy in modernism and post-modernism, has yielded limitless interpretations by the artists and architects, writers and poets, dramatists and filmmakers who have created its works. It has also provided equally infinite topics for discussion and debate among the critics and historians who have attempted to interpret and contextualize its concepts and legacies. Within the vastness of this literature, the discussion of East European avant-gardes in particular is a relatively new, but a quickly growing area of interest.”
The exhibit will run through March 2010.