[Marxism] Fwd: "The Wayland Rudd Collection" panel discussion @ Winkleman Gallery, Wednesday, Februrary 5, 6:30 - 8:30

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Feb 3 10:27:48 MST 2014

Winkleman Gallery is very pleased to present, in conjunction with "The
Wayland Rudd Collection," a project by Yevgeniy Fiks, an evening of
indepth discussion on the issues raised by the exhibition: *“Moscow to
the Rescue: U.S. Racism, European Colonialism and the Soviet Promise.”*

*Date:* Wednesday, February 5th at 6:30 - 8:30 pm

*Location:* Winkleman Gallery, 621 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001

Featuring Yelena Demikovsky, Dr. Raquel Greene, and Dr. Jonathan Shandell.

Moderated by Dr. Maxim Matusevich

*Information on the panelists and their presentations:*

1. Maxim Matusevich, “African American Travelers in Stalin’s Soviet Union”

Maxim Matusevich is an Associate Professor of Global History at Seton
Hall University where he also directs the Russian and East European
Studies Program. He is the author of /No Easy Row for a Russian Hoe:
Ideology and Pragmatism in Nigerian-Soviet Relations/ (2003) and editor
of /Africa in Russia, Russia in Africa: Three Centuries of
Encounters/ (2007). A former Fulbright, IREX, Kennan Institute, and
Harvard University fellow he has published and presented extensively on
the history of Soviet-African relations during the Cold War as well as
the history of race relations in the Soviet Union. He also served as
historical consultant on several documentary projects, including a
recent CBC TV series “Love, Hate, and Propaganda” (2012)

2.  Raquel Greene, "Into Africa: The Soviet Union and Its Civilizing
Mission as Depicted in 1920's Soviet Children's Literature"

Raquel Greene is an Associate Professor of Russian at Grinnell College
in Iowa where she teaches Russian Language and Literature as well as a
course on the history and development of American Multicultural
Children's Literature. Her publications include articles on how
questions of diversity might be addressed in the Russian language
classroom and incorporated into a specific pedagogy. She has also
published on Alexander Pushkin and the significance of his African
heritage in his oeuvre. Her current research focuses on constructions of 
"Blackness" in early Soviet Children's Literature. This is part of a
larger manuscript project that examines the construction of the "other"
in 20th century and post-Communist Russian Children's Literature.

3. Jonathan Shandell, "Before Rudd Was Russian: The Hidden History of a
Trailblazing African American Actor"

Jonathan Shandell is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Arcadia
University in Glenside, PA.  As a theatre historian, his scholarship
focuses on issues of race and integration on the American stage in the
mid-20th Century.  A collection on inter-racial and cross-cultural
collaboration on the American stage that he is co-editing, together with 
Dr. Cheryl Black of the University of Missouri, is forthcoming from 
Southern Illinois University Press.  His writing has appeared in
/African American Review, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Theatre 
Topics/ and edited collections published by Cambridge University Press, 
Peter Lang, and Rodopi Press International.  Jonathan received a Master 
of Fine Arts and Doctor of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama.

4. Yelena Demikovsky, “Film ‘Black Russians: The Red Experience’”

Yelena Demikovsky is founder of Red Palette Pictures. She is a
documentary and narrative filmmaker with a broad theatre background in
the United States and Russia. Demikovsky has directed award-winning
documentaries such as “Unity,” “The Story Of Fenist ,” “Happy To Be So,” 
and “Vera. An Intimate Sketch.” She also directed narrative shorts
“Shell” and “Through the Door.” Currently she is in post-production of
the documentary “Holding on to the Barre”  and “Black Russians: The Red
Experience,” produced by Sam Pollard, in co-production with the 1066
Productions, UK.

/*Image above:*/ *Dread Scott,* "Constitution of the USSR," 2014,
Acrylic and Xerox transfer, 30 x 22 inches.


*Information about the exhibition*:

*The Wayland Rudd Collection*

A project organized by Yevgeniy Fiks

January 17 – February 15, 2014

Winkleman Gallery is very pleased to present /The Wayland Rudd
Collection/, a collaborative project organized by *Yevgeniy Fiks* that
focuses on the representation of Africans and African-Americans in
Soviet visual culture. A point of departure for this project is Fiks’
collection of over 200 Soviet images (paintings, movie stills, posters,
graphics, etc.) of Africans and African-Americans spanning from the
1920s to the 1980s. Fiks invited contemporary artists and academics to
select one or more images from this collection and to respond to it,
either via artwork or other forms. Some of the participants chose to
react to Fiks' invitation with artworks that were already premade, but
which reflect on the issues that are raised in Fiks' original call for

Wayland Rudd was an American actor who began performing in the Hedgerow
Theater in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania under the directorship of Jasper
Deeter. Rudd first received critical acclaim for his performance in
Eugene O'Neill's "Emperor Jones." Frustrated over racism in the
entertainment industry, Rudd moved to the Soviet Union in 1932 where he
began a successful career in Soviet Theater and Film including work with 
the famed Russian Director Vsevolod Meyerhold. He later received a
degree from the Theatrical Art Institute in Moscow and worked at the
Stanislavsky Opera and Drama Theater. Rudd died in Moscow in 1952.

During Wayland Rudd's twenty year-long career in the Soviet Union, he
appeared in numerous films, theatrical performances, and plays. He was
also used as a model for paintings, drawings, and propaganda posters
and, in many respects, defined the image of the “Negro” for generations
of Soviet people. Although only a small section of the assembled images
in /The Wayland Rudd Collection /are of Wayland Rudd, the project is
given his name to commemorate this American-Soviet actor's personal
story as a case in point of the complex intersection of 20th century
American-Soviet narrative.

The historical Soviet images present a very complex and often
contradictory mapping of the intersection of race and Communism in the
Soviet context. They present this issue as unresolved, revealing the
Soviet legacy on race as a mix bag of internationalism, solidarity,
humanism, Communist ideals as well as exoticization, otherness, racist
stereotyping, and hypocrisy.

/*Artists in the exhibition:*/ *Ivan Brazhkin, Michael Paul Britto,
Suzanne Broughel, Maria Buyondo, Zachary Fabri, Joy Garnett, Alexey
Katalkin, Kara Lynch, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Nikolay Oleynikov and Arkadiy 
Kots Band, Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya (Gluklya), Jenny Polak, Dread 
Scott, and Haim Sokol*

This exhibition will travel to First Floor Gallery Harare in
Harare, Zimbabwe in Summer of 2014. Also, a book will be produced as the
result of this project.

Yevgeniy Fiks thanks *Daria Atlas* for her help with research on this

/*Yevgeniy Fiks *was born in Moscow in 1972 and has been living and
working in New York since 1994. Fiks has produced many projects on the
subject of the Post-Soviet dialog in the West, among them: “Ayn Rand in
Illustration,” a series of drawing pairing descriptive text from /Atlas
Shrugged /with uncannily complimentary Soviet Socialist Realism classic
artworks; “Lenin for Your Library?” in which he mailed V.I. Lenin’s text 
“Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism” to one hundred global 
corporations as a donation for their corporate libraries; “Communist 
Party USA,” a series of portraits of current members of Communist Party 
USA, painted from life in the Party’s national headquarters in New York 
City; and “Communist Guide to New York City,” a series of photographs of 
buildings and public places in New York City that are connected to the 
history of the American Communist movement. Fiks’ work has been shown 
internationally. This includes exhibitions in the United States at 
Winkleman and Postmasters galleries (both in New York) Mass MoCA, and 
the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art; the Moscow Museum of Modern Art 
and Marat Guelman Gallery in Moscow; Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros in 
Mexico City, and the Museu Colecção Berardo in Lisbon. His work has been 
included in the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2011, 2009, 2007 
and 2005), Biennale of Sydney (2008) and Thessaloniki Biennale of 
Contemporary Art (2007)./

*Image above: *(top) Maria Buyondo, “Pushkin, Winter Morning,” 2011.

For more information please contact Edward Winkleman at 212.643.3152
<tel:212.643.3152> or info at winkleman.com
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New York, NY 10001

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