About the event

This lively symposium accompanies Specters of Communism: Contemporary Russian Art in the Graduate Center’s James Gallery. Curated by prominent philosopher, art critic, and media theorist Boris Groys, the exhibition explores the ways contemporary Russian artists have responded to the utopian vision of the October Revolution and Russian avant-garde art, while grappling with the violent realities of a post-Communist state. Artists Keti Chukhrov, Arseny Zhilyaev, and Dmitry Vilensky, in conversation with Groys, Kate Fowle of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Graduate Center Art History Professor Claire Bishop, and James Gallery curator Katherine Carl, will discuss how they have dealt with the heritage of Communism in their work.


2 pm The Current State of Contemporary Art in Russia

Boris Groys and Kate Fowle in conversation with Claire Bishop

3pm Performance and Political Activism in Russia

Dmitry Vilensky, artist founding member of group Chto Delat, in conversation with Katherine Carl

4pm Performativity and the Post-Human

Keti Chukhrov, followed by conversation

5pm Reporting Histories

Arseny Zhilyaev in conversation with Kate Fowle

This symposium and the exhibition Specters of Communism is organized in collaboration with e-flux.

Videos "The Lesson on Dis-Consent", "Partisan Songspiel. Belgrade Story" and "Talk show: Shivering with Iris" are courtesy of the artist's Chto Delat.

Cosponsored by Public Programs and the PhD Program in Theatre.