25th Annual Hilla Rebay Lecture: "The Para-Architectural Imagination of Gustav Klutsis"

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25th Annual Hilla Rebay Lecture: "The Para-Architectural Imagination of Gustav Klutsis"

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

This lecture has been postponed until November 27 because of the anticipated impact of Hurricane Sandy.

Maria Gough
“The Para-Architectural Imagination
of Gustav Klutsis”

In the early 1920s, the avant-garde artist Gustav Klutsis (Gustavs Klucis) proposed a pioneering series of para-architectural communication structures for the public diffusion of revolutionary speech, moving images, and printed matter in Moscow’s streets and squares. Focusing on the ways in which the artist utilized the medium of drawing in the wake of the advent of radio and film in order to imagine new forms of revolutionary communication, Maria Gough reconstructs the historical parameters and significance of Klutsis’s original project, which is known to us through a corpus of thirty-odd drawings—a number of which had their first U.S. showing at the Guggenheim Museum in 1981. The talk concludes with a discussion of both Klutsis’s recycling of the project into his later work in graphic design and photomontage, and the ways in which contemporary artists have recently cited or repurposed it in their own endeavors.

FREE on day of lecture (no advance ticket registration). Private reception immediately follows lecture.

The Hilla Rebay Lecture brings distinguished scholars to the Guggenheim Museum to examine significant issues in the theory, criticism, and history of art. This annual program is made possible through the generosity of The Hilla von Rebay Foundation.