About the event

Join artist Yevgeniy Fiks for the opening reception of The Lenin Museum.

The Lenin Museum reflects on the historical contradictions and complexities of intersections between Communism and anti-Communism as well as ideology and sexual identity. The project acknowledges the Lenin Museum as a site for memorialization not only of Lenin but of the fate of free expression of sexual identity in Russia in periods of criminalization between 1933 and 1993, after Lenin’s decriminalization in 1917. The show reflects on how Cold War forces of anti-Communism in the West instrumentalized homophobic sentiments as a weapon in the struggle against the Soviet Union, and how the anti-Communist discourse contributes today to the construction of political homophobia in the post-Soviet Russia. The Lenin Museum is curated by Katherine Carl, Curator, The James Gallery, The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Cosponsored by the CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies; Public Science Project.