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FILM: The Russian Concept: Reflections on Russian Nonconformist Art

A documentary film by Igor Sopronenko
Zimmerli Art Museum will present a film on its collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. This documentary, produced and directed by Igor Sopronenko, explores art that was created in resistance to the government-imposed style of Socialist Realism from the 1950s to the 1980s. The film tells the fascinating story of art collector Norton Dodge, who was on a quest to preserve forbidden forms of art which explored creative possibilities under a repressive regime.
Thanks to Mr. Dodge, the Zimmerli now holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of Soviet underground art in the world. The film presents video interviews with some of the key underground artists who now live in the United States, including Vitaly Komar, Aleksander Kosolapov, Leonid Sokov, Vagrich Bakhchanyan, Oleg Vassiliev, Leonid Lamm and Victor Skersis. The film also features interviews with leading scholars and curators in the field, including Jane Sharp, Mary Nicholas, Gerald Janecek, Alla Rosenfeld and Andrei Erofeev.
The film will be followed by a roundtable discussion on nonconformist and contemporary Russian art, and issues of freedom and censorship. Among participants will be film director Igor Sopronenko, and artists Vitaly Komar and Victor Skersis. The discussion’s moderator is Jane Sharp, research curator of the Dodge Collection.
Outline of the event:
5:30 – 6:15     Reception
6:15 – 6:20     Introduction
6:20 – 7:20     Film screening
7:20 – 8:00     Roundtable discussion

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