Om Netværket

Nordisk Netværk for Avantgardestudier er et nordisk forskningsnetværk støttet af Nordforsk 2004-2007. Nordisk Netværk for Avantgarde Studier vil styrke og koordinere mindre og spredte nationale forskningsmiljøer, bidrage til at fremme udveksling af viden om forskelle og ligheder mellem de nordiske lande og gøre nordisk avantgardeforskning internationalt synlig. Nordisk Netværk for Avantgardestudier afholder en årlig konference. Netværket danner også ramme for udarbejdelsen af De nordiske avantgarders kulturhistorie i 4 bind og et elektronisk arkiv for dokumenter fra de nordiske avantgarder. Det nordiske forskningsnetværk er en videreudvikling af det danske forskningsnetværk ”Avantgardernes genkomst og aktualitet” støttet af Det humanistiske Forskningsråd 2001-2004. Under forberedelse er et Europæisk Netværk for Avantgarde og Modernisme Studier, EAM, hvis første konference afholdes i Ghent, Belgien, maj 2008.

About the Network

The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies is supported by Nordforsk 2004-2007. The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies aims to support and coordinate small and dispersed national centres of research, help promote the exchange of knowledge about differences and similarities among the avant-garde currents and research in the Nordic countries, and make Nordic avant-garde research visible in a European and international context. The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies has a yearly conference. Within the Network an editorial group is preparing a four-volume Cultural History of the Nordic Avant-Gardes and an electronic archive of documents from the Nordic avant-gardes. The Nordic network is an extension of the Danish research network ”The Return and Actuality of the Avant-Gardes” supported by the Danish Research Council 2001-2004. A European Network of Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies, EAM, is under preparation and will have its first conference in Ghent in May 2008.
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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.  

Exhibition website

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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