Please, join me on Tuesday, Feburary 4 at 6pm for a tour of the exhibition Dialogues—Ilya Kabakov and Viktor Pivovarov: Stories About Ourselves at the Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, New Jersey. This tour is part of the Musem's Art After Hour program, which includes a screening of the film Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here (dir. Amei Wallach) at 7pm. More information here.
The exhibition explores the album, an innovative genre of visual art popularized in the 1970s by conceptual artists in Moscow. Comprising loose pages of delicately colored images often complemented by handwritten texts, an album is simultaneously a drawing and a novel, an installation and a performance. As leading practitioners of the genre, Ilya Kabakov and Viktor Pivovarov produced dozens of albums addressing the triumphs and tribulations of their everyday lives in the Soviet Union. Using literary devices such as allegory, metaphor, and synecdoche, their albums tell stories that are at once specific and universal.
Ilya Kabakov and Viktor Pivovarov: Stories About Ourselves is the second edition of Dialogues, the Zimmerli’s series of dual career exhibitions from the Dodge Collection. This ongoing series is designed to increase historical awareness of the aims and impact of unofficial art in the former Soviet Union by highlighting a particular aspect of it.
The exhibition is organized by Ksenia Nouril, PhD, Guest Curator, with Julia Tulovsky, PhD, Curator of Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art, and Jane A. Sharp, PhD, Research Curator of Soviet Nonconformist Art. Its catalogue was edited by Nouril, featuring contributions from Sharp and Tomáš Glanc as well as newly commissioned interviews from both Kabakov and Pivovarov. It was co-published by the Zimmerli Art Museum and Rutgers University Press and is available here.
If you have any quesitons about the exhibition, catalogue, or program, please, do not hestiate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.