Vitaly Komar in a Dialogue with History: Another View of Political Poster Art from the Perestroika-Era

Vitaly Komar in a Dialogue with History: Another View of Political Poster Art from the Perestroika-Era
The Wende Museum
Friday, March 23, 2012
4:00 – 6:00 PM

The New York-based Russian artist Vitaly Komar has much to say about history. As part of the “two-man collective” with Alexander Melamid who founded Sots Art in 1972 and a member of the boisterous group of artists associated with Moscow Conceptualism that pushed the boundaries of Soviet official art, Komar used paintings, installations and performances to scrutinize history, poke fun at it, play with it, translate it, re-envision it, leave it behind in the USSR only to return to it in America. He is in a constant discussion with the demons of the Soviet historical heritage and its irrational forces.

Vitaly Komar commented extemporaneously on selected images from The Wende Museum’s collection of Perestroika-era hand painted poster artworks, a few of which are currently on view as part of The Wende’s “Deconstructing Perestroika” exhibition at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.

Space is limited and reservations are required: info@wendemuseum.org or 310-216-1600, ex. 305.