Vitaly Komar will make a presentation at Seton Hall University on Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 pm, in Fahy Hall 236
Vitaly Komar is an internationally renowned Russian-born American conceptual artist. Komar and his collaborator Alexander Melamid were the founders of a new artistic movement which they called Sots Art, a unique version of Soviet Pop and Conceptual Art that combined the principles of Dadaism and Socialist Realism. In 1974, they were arrested during a performance (in a Moscow apartment) of a conceptual piece “Art Belongs to the People.” Later that year, their “Double Self-Portrait” (similar to dual portraits of Lenin and Stalin) was destroyed by the Soviet government, along with works by other nonconformist artists, at what became known as the Bulldozer Exhibition (because bulldozers were used to destroy the artwork, which had been displayed in an open-air setting). Vitaly Komar left the Soviet Union in the late 1970's and eventually established himself as one of the most influential conceptual artists on the New York art scene. His works can be found in the art museums, galleries, and private collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and many others.
The event is co-sponsored by the Russian and East European Studies Program and the Slavic Club. Partial funding has been provided by the President's Advisory Council Distinguished Lecture series.
Vitaly Komar's presentation is free and open to the public. Slavic refreshments will be served. Learn More >>
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