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Constructivism

Event date
Saturday, March 28, 2009 (All day)
Location
Tate Modern

Welcome by Marko Daniel This study day explores some of the issues raised by the Rodchenko and Popova exhibition, including the relationship between art and every day life in post-war Russian constructivist art.

Event date
Saturday, June 26, 2004 - 12:00

Steve Edwards, Martin Gaughan and Gail Day, Plenary 1  This discussion forms part of the study day that explores concepts of avant-gardism, and the ways in which these have been deployed to historicise and interpret twentieth century art.

Event date
Saturday, June 26, 2004 - 12:00

Dada to Surrealism: Continuity  Speaker: Martin Gaughan, writer and former Head of the History and Theory of Art at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff .This talk traces some of the issues which informed work in the different Dada centres, establishing their origins and concerns, and considering how the relationships between the different moments can be characterized.

Event date
Saturday, June 26, 2004 - 12:00

Steve Edwards, USSR in Construction  Speaker: Steve Edwards, Research Lecturer in History of Art at The Open University. This talk looks at Russian art from just before World War 1 until the middle of the 1930s, considering the relation between Constructivist art and the politics of the period. In the wake of the 1917 revolution many avant-garde artists identified with the aims of the Bolshevik regime. Some artists took up teaching or administrative roles in the new state and many tried to find appropriate ways to respond to the transformation of social relations.

Event date
Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 13:00

Round Table and Q&A chaired by Gill Perry  Gill Perry is Professor of Art History at the Open University.

Event date
Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 13:00

David Mabb, William Morris and the Constructivists. What went wrong?  David Mabb has recently discovered through extensive research of newly opened up archives in Kelmscott and Moscow, that William Morris, Kasimir Malevich and the Constructivists secretly developed an extensive collaborative body of work that has until recently remained completely hidden from public view. In his presentation Mabb examines some of the many paintings, videos and photographs that make up this collection. He will explain his own role in their discovery, mount a critique of the works' limitations and suggest some possibilities for what the artists might have been trying to achieve.

Event date
Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 13:00

Margarita Tupitsyn, A Russian Journey of the Grid  Constructivism had developed its own genealogy of the key modernist emblems such as the grid, and the monochrome as well as theorized on the status of the everyday object in the field of aesthetics. This talk presents a case of the resuscitation and redefinition of the grid's visual and theoretical formats through the work of artists associated with the Moscow conceptual circle in its past and current "membership."

Event date
Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 13:00

Brandon Taylor, Looking from the Left From Line to Construction: Rodchenko's Laboratory of Form  From the earliest straight-line paintings of 1917 and 1918 through to Rodchenko's article 'The Line' of 1921, lines alone summarised the ambitions of Constructivism for efficiency, simplicity and functionality - and for energy, direction and speed, all metaphors of a new art and a new attitude to three-dimensional form in the real environment.We shall look carefully at the 'laboratory' attitudes of Rodchenko and Popova in their efforts to transcend painting, but with the resourc

Event date
Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 13:00

Round Table and Q&A chaired by Ben Borthwick  Ben Borthwick, Assistant Curator at Tate Modern, has worked alongside Dr. Margarita Tupitsyn on Rodchenko and Popova: Defining Constructivism.

Event date
Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 13:00

Alexander Lavrentiev, The Three Constructivisms of Alexander Rodchenko Discussed are the three levels of the constructivist concept developed by Alexander Rodchenko. Constructivism as the way of life and behavior, organization of the artist's own environment and his workshop. Constructivism as the practical environment for everyday life (architecture, interior, communication design) and ideally organized project planning.Constructivism as exploration through art.

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