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Rise and Fall of an Ideology: From Utopia to Dissent

An online lecture by Dr. Joachim Pissarro

NOTE: This lecture was originally scheduled for August 12th, but was cut short by unexpected technical issues. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 7.

By popular demand, Dr. Joachim Pissarro returns for a follow-up lecture to his presentation 200 Years of Russian Art: The Sublime, Its Vagaries and Incessant Return.

Pissarro will continue his examination of art in Russia during one of the most complex histories on this planet.

In the first lecture, he explored the extraordinary diversity, the multi-layered and, at times, even contradictory, facets of Russian art from the beginnings of the Academy, followed by the rise of landscape painting, coming to an abrupt end with the burst of the Russian Avant-Garde, and the creation of abstraction. He attempted to identify threads of continuity (rather than points of disjunction) between these very disparate forms of artistic expressions.

In his second lecture, Rise and Fall of an Ideology: From Utopia to Dissent, Pissarro will address 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. He will detail the emergence of fascinating, though little-known, forms of artistic dissent and opposition against the monolithic ideological domination of Marxism-Leninism.

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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.

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This program will be recorded and posted to the museum’s YouTube channel.


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