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About the event

Join editors Yevgeniy Fiks and Brian James Baer for a conversation and celebration of the new book Queer(ing) Russian Art: Realism, Revolution, Performance. The editors will be joined by art historian Jane Sharp (Professor of Art History, Rutgers) and artist Slava Mogutin.

While the topic of queer sexuality in imperial Russia and the Soviet Union has been investigated for decades by scholars working in the fields of sociology, history, literary studies, and musicology, it has yet to be studied in any comprehensive or systematic way by those working in the visual arts. Queer(ing) Russian Art: Realism, Revolution, Performance is meant to address this lacuna by providing a platform for new scholarship that connects "Russian" art with queerness in a variety of ways. Situated at the intersection of Visual Studies and Queer Studies and working from different theoretical and disciplinary perspectives, the contributors expose and explore the queer imagery and sensibilities in works of visual art produced in pre-Soviet, Soviet and post-Soviet contexts and beneath the surface of conventional histories of Russian and Soviet art. More information about the book can be found here.