On Saturday, October 7, Dr. Joachim Pissarro presented “Rise and Fall of an Ideology: From Utopia to Dissent” as a part of the Russian History Museum’s Second Saturday online lecture series.

In this lecture, Dr. Joachim Pissarro addressed the surprising meandering that took the Russian people from the budding utopian dream of the early USSR through to the last decades of the Soviet Union. Pissarro detailed the emergence of fascinating forms of artistic dissent against Marxism-Leninism. He analyzed a wide range of artists and works, from Malevich and Tatlin to Kabakov and Bulatov.

About the Speaker 

Joachim Pissarro is an art historian, theoretician, educator, and Professor Emeritus, Hunter College (City University of New York). He has taught at Yale University, Osaka University, and Sydney University. He has held curatorial positions at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth; the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Pissarro’s recent projects include Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today, an exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in the fall of 2019. His latest books include Wild Art (Phaidon, 2013), and Aesthetics of the Margins / Margins of Aesthetic (Penn State University, 2019), both co-authored with David Carrier. Pissarro’s last two exhibitions were Olga Picasso at the Musée Picasso, Paris and Pushkin Museum, Moscow; and Jeff Koons: SHINE at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2021).

Together with Philippe de Montebello, and Jennifer Stockman, he has co-founded the Global Museum Strategies Group (GMSG), designed to develop museum institutions and their permanent collections, namely in the Middle East. Pissarro and his partners focus on creating a symbiotic alliance of architectural and curatorial practices.