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Hermit / Goncharova
Thursday, February 5, 2009
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall

Admission is free. Reservations are required.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910–1917, this 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 will address the deliberately crude materials, the newly invented poetic language called zaum' ("beyonsense"), and the visual and literary tensions between parodic humor and apocalypse, the primitive and the urban, the sacred and the profane. Speakers will also consider the influence of the Russian avant-garde book on visual poetry and the aesthetics of book production in the later decades of the twentieth century.

The exhibition Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910–1917, curated by Nancy Perloff of the Getty Research Institute with independent scholar Allison Pultz, is open from November 18, 2008 to April 19, 2009, in the Getty Research Institute Exhibition Gallery.

Symposium Speakers
Nina Gurianova, Northwestern University
Johanna Drucker, University of Virginia
Brian Reed, University of Washington
Mark D. Steinberg, University of Illinois
Edward Kasinec, New York Public Library
Jane Sharp, Rutgers University
Moderator: Nancy Perloff, Getty Research Institute

Roundtable Speakers
Craig Dworkin, University of Utah
Éva Forgács, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena
Liz Kotz, University of California, Riverside
Timothy Benson, Los Angeles County Museum of Art