ExhibItion Celebration

Through the Looking Glass: Hyperrealism in the Soviet Union.

April 9 / 2:30pm
Tour, Panel Discussion, Short Film, and Reception.

Join us for a special program in conjunction with the new exhibition Through the Looking Glass: Hyperrealism in the Soviet Union. The first thematic exhibition from the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union to chart the development of this movement during the late 1970s and 1980s spotlights artists who challenged the hegemonic perception of reality, the heroic and idealized subjects that characterized Socialist Realism.

The program begins at 2:30pm with a tour of the exhibition led by its curator, Cristina Morandi, a Dodge Fellow at the Zimmerli and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History at Rutgers. A panel discussion takes place from 3:30 to 5pm, focusing on the perception and construction of reality in art works of the Soviet era, as well as the instrumental role of photography as a medium in conveying reality in the Soviet Union. Participants include Katherine Hill Reischl, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, Princeton University), Andres Kurg, Ph.D. (Architectural Historian and Researcher, Institute of Art History of Estonia Academy of Arts, Tallinn), and Jeremy Canwell, Ph.D. (independent scholar). The program also features the short animated film Incident with an Artist by director Grigory Kozlov, followed by a reception.

The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibition is made possible by the Avenir Foundation Endowment.

Images (clockwise from left): Lemming Nagel, Seljanka, 1975-1979, oil, © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York (EAU), Tallinn; Semyon Faibisovich, Suburbs, 1984, oil; Georgii Kichigin, Portrait of the Artist Sergei Sherstiuk, 1983, oil; Liga Purmale, Reflection (detail), 1975, oil.

The Zimmerli's operations, exhibitions, and programs are funded in part by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and income from the Avenir Foundation Endowment, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment Fund, and the Voorhees Family Endowment, among others. Additional support comes from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono; and donors, members, and friends of the Zimmerli Art Museum.