Moscow Conceptualism: New Translations from the Russian

Conference/Symposium | November 22 | 1:30-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room (220)

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of English, Theater and Performance Studies (Stanford), Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (Stanford)

A spate of new translations is bringing the writers and artists of Moscow Conceptualism to an English-language readership for the first time. Even as they drew on currents in western art, the Moscow Conceptualists (1970s-1980s) were distinguished by a singular focus on the Soviet experience, from the legacies of the avant-garde to the official culture of the Era of Stagnation. Serving as an ironic commentary on the entire arc of Soviet history, Moscow Conceptualism continues to exert a powerful influence on performance art in Putin's Russia.

Our mini-symposium invites local scholars as well as American translators of the Moscow Conceptualists to read and discuss their work.

Featuring Brian Droitcour, Lyn Hejinian, Yelena Kalinsky, Olga Matich, Ainsley Morse, Harsha Ram, Simon Schuchat, Christina Schwartz, Bela Shayevich, Edward Tyerman, Matvei Yankelevich, Alexei Yurchak.