Vision and Communism draws on an extensive private collection of Soviet art and propaganda, presenting nearly 90 captivating and emotionally gripping images by Soviet artist Viktor Koretsky (1909-1998). In contrast to more conventional Soviet propaganda, Koretsky created striking scenes of survival and suffering that were designed to connect Soviet citizens with others struggling for civil rights and independence around the globe. This vision of a multicultural world of shared sacrifice offered a dynamic alternative to the sleek consumerism of Madison Avenue and the West and, according to the curators, can be thought of “as a kind of Communist advertising for a future that never quite arrived.”
Join us Thursday, September 29, from 5:30-7:30 pm for a panel discussion featuring curators Christopher Heuer (Princeton University), Matthew Jesse Jackson (University of Chicago), Tumelo Mosaka (Krannert Art Museum), and Stephanie Smith (Smart Museum of Art). The discussion will be followed by an exhibition viewing and reception with free food and refreshments.
Film Series: Medvedkin and Marker, Wednesdays, October 12, 19 and November 2, 7 pm, Film Studies Center
The exhibition’s themes are extended to cinema through screenings of the militant films of Aleksandr Medvedkin and Chris Marker at the Film Studies Center. For a complete list of films and synopses, and to make reservations, visit filmstudiescenter.uchicago.edu or call 773.702.8596.
Agitation! a Symposium, Friday October 14, 9 am – 6:30 pm, Special Collections Research Center, Joseph Regenstein Library
Join leading scholars for a public symposium that examines art and political agitation. The day-long event includes panel discussions and keynote addresses from Catriona Kelly (University of Oxford), William Ayers (University of Illinois at Chicago), and Bernadine Dorn (Northwestern University). Register to attend and find a full schedule of topics and speakers at smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/symposium
Lunch-hour Talk: “Envisioning Another World and Taking on Big Enemies,” Friday, October 21, 12 pm
Prexy Nesbitt, professor of African History at Columbia College, discusses the triumphs and failings of African liberation struggles during the Cold War. Space is limited. Please register in advance. http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/calendar/register/
Lunch-hour Talk: “Empire of Liberation? The Soviet Union, U.S. Race Relations, and the Cold War,” Wednesday, November 2, 12 pm
Examine the historical record behind the events depicted in Viktor Koretsky’s propaganda posters during this lunch-hour talk by Rachel Appelbaum. Space is limited. Please register in advance. http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/calendar/register/