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Thursday, September 14, 2017 to Sunday, January 14, 2018


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Presented on the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, this exhibition immerses visitors in the distinct textures and speeds of everyday life that arose—and have lingered stubbornly—in the wake of revolutionary upheaval.

Revolution Every Day juxtaposes works of Soviet graphic art, primarily posters from the 1920s and 1930s, many by female artists, including Valentina Kulagina, with works on video and film, including excerpts from Dziga Vertov’s documentary films from the 1930s, post-Soviet videos by Olga Chernysheva, as well as new commissions by contemporary artists. Focused on the experiences of women under (and after) communism, these works involve viewers in visual and aural conversations concerning the temporality of the everyday, revealing how socialist labor involves feats of endurance and patience as much as heroic action.

In its innovative exhibition design and distinct approach to its subject, Revolution Every Day, much like the Smart Museum of Art’s 2011 exhibition Vision and Communism, undermines our readymade responses to the Russian Revolution and makes it possible for Western audiences to experience Soviet visual art anew.

Curators: Robert Bird, Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Cinema and Media Studies, The University of Chicago; Christina Kiaer, Associate Professor of Modern Art, Northwestern University; and Zachary Cahill, artist and lecturer in the Department of Visual Arts, The University of Chicago; in collaboration with Diane Miliotes, Interim Curator of Modern Art and Design, Smart Museum of Art.

Presented in the Richard and Mary L. Gray Gallery

Image: Olga Chernysheva, March (2005). Courtesy: Diehl, Berlin; Pace, London; Foxy Production, New York.