About the event
This lively symposium accompanies Specters of Communism: Contemporary Russian Art in the Graduate Center’s James Gallery. Curated by prominent philosopher, art critic, and media theorist Boris Groys, the exhibition explores the ways contemporary Russian artists have responded to the utopian vision of the October Revolution and Russian avant-garde art, while grappling with the violent realities of a post-Communist state. Artists Keti Chukhrov, Arseny Zhilyaev, and Dmitry Vilensky, in conversation with Groys, Kate Fowle of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Graduate Center Art History Professor Claire Bishop, and James Gallery curator Katherine Carl, will discuss how they have dealt with the heritage of Communism in their work.
2 pm The Current State of Contemporary Art in Russia
Boris Groys and Kate Fowle in conversation with Claire Bishop
3pm Performance and Political Activism in Russia
Dmitry Vilensky, artist founding member of group Chto Delat, in conversation with Katherine Carl
4pm Performativity and the Post-Human
Keti Chukhrov, followed by conversation
5pm Reporting Histories
Arseny Zhilyaev in conversation with Kate Fowle
This symposium and the exhibition Specters of Communism is organized in collaboration with e-flux.
Videos "The Lesson on Dis-Consent", "Partisan Songspiel. Belgrade Story" and "Talk show: Shivering with Iris" are courtesy of the artist's Chto Delat.
Cosponsored by Public Programs and the PhD Program in Theatre.