[Marxism] Fwd: The Wayland Rudd Collection @ Winkleman Gallery, New York

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Jan 13 21:54:45 MST 2014

(Yevgeniy is a friend and a brilliant artist.)

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please join us this Friday for the opening of "The Wayland Rudd
Collection" show at Winkleman Gallery in New York!



>                 January 10, 2014*
> *The Wayland Rudd Collection*
> A project organized by Yevgeniy Fiks
> January 17 – February 15, 2014
> *Opening:* Friday, January 17, 6-8 PM
> 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 participation.
> 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*
> In conjunction with the exhibit, we are also very pleased to present
> the panel discussion:
> *“Moscow to the Rescue: U.S. Racism, European Colonialism and the
> Soviet Promise”*
> Wednesday, February 5th at 6:30 pm
> Featuring Dr. Raquel Greene, Dr. Jonathan Shandell, and others.
> Moderated by Dr. Maxim Matusevich
> 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
> project.
> *Images above: *(top) Maria Buyondo, “Pushkin, Winter Morning,” 2011;
> (bottom) Soviet postage stamp featuring image of Nelson Mandela (1988).
> For more information, contact Edward Winkleman at 212.643.3152
> <tel:212.643.3152> or info at winkleman.com <mailto:info at winkleman.com>
> * Winkleman Gallery*
> 621 West 27th Street
> New York, NY 10001
> 212.643.3152 <tel:212.643.3152>
> www.winkleman.com
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