Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910 - 1917
November 18, 2008-April 19, 2009
Getty Research Institute Exhibition Gallery
Curators: Nancy Perloff with Allison Pultz
Drawing principally from the Getty Research Institute's collection of Russian modernist books, Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910-1917 brings into focus a brief, but tumultuous period when Russian visual artists and poets, including Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov, Kazimir Malevich, Alexei Kruchenykh, and Velimir Khlebnikov, challenged Symbolism and revolutionized book art. They fabricated pocket-sized, hand-lithographed books and juxtaposed primitive and abstract imagery with a transrational poetry they called zaum' ("beyonsense"). This exhibition traces the avant-garde's use of the materials of their book art - imagery, language and its sounds, design, graphic technique - to convey humor, parody, and an intriguing ambivalence and apprehension about Russia's past, present, and future.
will go live on November 18, 2008
& feature a curator's essay, time line, and links to four books
in a page-turning format that incorporates translations, audio recordings, and interpretive highlights.
Some books can already be viewed in pdf format in the Getty's
digitized library collection
(from which I selected the image above).
Tuesday, November 18 - 10am, led by Allison Pultz
Tuesday, November 18 - 3:30pm, led by Nancy Perloff
No reservation necessary. Please meet at the GRI Plaza Lobby.
Explodity: An Evening of Transrational Sound Poetry
February 4, 2009
Reception and Gallery Viewing: 5:00 - 6:45 p.m., GRI Exhibition Gallery
Performance: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m., Museum Lecture Hall
Performances by Christian Bök, Steve McCaffery, and Oleg Minin of Russian Futurist zaum' ("beyonsense") poetry and of contemporary sound poetry, with an introduction by Gerald Janecek.
The Book as Such in the Russian Avant-Garde
February 5, 2009
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Museum Lecture HallThis one-day symposium brings together scholars and artists in fields from art history to literature to explore the Russian avant-garde's revolution of the book. Talks and a roundtable address the deliberately crude materials, the newly invented zaum' language, and the verbal and visual tensions between parodic humor and apocalypse, the primitive and the urban, the sacred and the profane. Speakers will consider the influence of the Russian avant-garde on visual poetry and the aesthetics of book production in the later decades of the twentieth century.
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