Radford Art Professor joins international colleagues for Russian art roundtable
Radford University Professor of Art Roann Barris organized and chaired a roundtable discussion at the recent 50th annual conference of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) in Boston.
ASEEES, a nonprofit, non-political, scholarly society, is the leading international organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about Central Asia, the Caucasus, Russia and Eastern Europe in regional and global contexts.
For the session titled “Collecting and Performing Russian Art” at the three-day conference of more than 3,200 members worldwide, Barris was joined by five other specialists from international universities, art museums, foundations and institutes to discuss curating, collecting and exhibiting Russian art.
“The panels brought diverse experience and expertise from collections, museums and foundations from across the world,” Barris said, who is preparing a book about the history of the exhibition of Russian art in the United States. “It was an extraordinary opportunity to talk with leaders in the field and experts about how the art community of one culture values the art of another culture.”
Russia has a rich cultural heritage presented in a wide range of media: photography, posters, painting, music and theatrical design, to name a few, Barris said.
“Russian art is exotic and it is a unique synthesis of media and politics,” Barris said. “Revolutions, monarchies, communism . . . a fascinating and dynamic history that has been reflected across so many different media.”