What About Revolution? Three Lectures on Aesthetic Practices after 1917


Monday, November 6, 2017, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Repeats every week every Monday until Mon Nov 06 2017 except Mon Sep 25 2017, Mon Oct 09 2017, Mon Oct 16 2017, Mon Oct 23 2017, Mon Oct 30 2017


Menschel Hall, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St

On the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, this lecture series brings to campus three internationally distinguished historians of modern art to discuss the role that artists and filmmakers played in the revolutionary reorganization of social relations in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and ’30s. How did their utopian imagination take on spatial and pictorial form? How did their work help to engender processes of emancipation and social transformation? And what role has their example played in the intersection of radical aesthetics and leftist politics ever since?

Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
Admission: Free admission, but limited seating is available. Tickets will be distributed beginning at 5:30pm at the Broadway entrance. One ticket per person. After the lecture, the installation What about Revolution? Aesthetic Practices after 1917, in the University Teaching Gallery on Level 3, will remain open until 8 pm.
Museum Hours: Open daily 10am–5pm. See website for museum admission.
Series dates: Sept. 18, Oct. 2, Nov. 6

This series is offered in conjunction with the installation What about Revolution? Aesthetic Practices after 1917, on view in the University Teaching Gallery at the Harvard Art Museums through January 7, 2018. The installation presents three new models of avant-garde aesthetic practice that developed in the wake of the Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917 and includes works by El Lissitzky, Sophie Küppers, Kazimir Malevich, and Aleksandr Rodchenko. The series is co-sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture, the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and the Harvard Art Museums.

Sept. 18, 6 PM lecture: “Revolution Every Day”
Christina Kiaer, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Northwestern University
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Oct. 2, 6 PM lecture: “Feeling Revolution: Cinema and the Emancipation of the Soviet Senses”​​​​​​​
Emma Widdis, Reader in Russian Studies, Trinity College, University of Cambridge
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Nov. 6, 6 PM lecture: “How Can a Work of Art Be Revolutionary? Case Studies in the History of the Left”
Leah Dickerman, Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York
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Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.