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Irina Nakhova: Museum on the Edge

April 2019 – Russian American History Month

April 6, 2019

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University

Reception on April 6, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University

Exhibition:  Irina Nakhova: Museum on the Edge   

Saturday, March 30 – Sunday, October 13, 2019*

 

More:

71 Hamilton Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Free and Open to the Public

http://zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu/dodge-wing-lower-level/irina-nakhova-museum-edge

 

The artist’s first museum retrospective in the United States features some 50 works of art, many of which are rarely exhibited pieces from the museum’s Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union.

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition Irina Nakhova: Museum on the Edge, on view March 30 to October 13, 2019, the artist’s first museum retrospective in the United States. With some 50 works of art, many are rarely exhibited pieces from the museum’s Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. In addition, there are several important loans from the artist, some of which are exhibited in the United States for the first time. (Please Note: the Zimmerli is closed to the public during the month of August.)

 

Irina Nakhova (born 1955) began working in the 1970s as one of the youngest members of the now well-known “school” of Moscow conceptualism. From 1983 to 1985, she created a new approach to installation art by transforming one of the rooms in her apartment into a “total work of art” in which the viewer, located within the space, becomes an active participant in its realization. She played a prominent role in Moscow’s unofficial art world and was frequently involved in the actions and performances of the 1980s. Later, after moving to the United States in 1991, she established herself in the West through multiple exhibitions and installations, without, however, losing her connection to Russia, which she represented at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015.

 

The exhibition reflects Nakhova’s decades-long activities working in both worlds, beginning with her paintings of the late 1970s and documentation of her conceptualRooms, through to her most recent interactive installations. Battle of the Invalids (2017) especially demonstrates the complexity of this trajectory: the artist’s constant engagement with global and local audiences, art history, and the ethics of visual arts practices today.

 

Irina Nakhova: Museum on the Edge is organized by Jane A. Sharp, Professor, Department of Art History, and Research Curator for Soviet Nonconformist Art; and Julia Tulovsky, Curator for Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art.

 

The exhibition and publication are made possible by the Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund and the Dodge Charitable Trust–Nancy Ruyle Dodge, Trustee.

 

About the Dodge Collection

The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University is the largest and most comprehensive collection of unofficial Soviet art in the world. The collection includes over 20,000 works by more than 1,000 artists from Russia and the Soviet Republics, created from about 1956 to 1986. The collection was assembled by American economist Norton Dodge during his many business trips to the Soviet Union in the 1960s through the early 1970s, and through relationships with artists who later moved to the United States. The Zimmerli provides opportunities to study and exhibit these artworks, which otherwise might have been lost to time and circumstance, as well as position the Dodge Collection in the global dialogue about art, especially its relevance in the development of conceptual art in the 1970s and 1980s.

 

Museum Hours: Tues-Fri, 10am to 4:30pm; Sat-Sun, Noon to 5pm; first Tues of each month, 10am to 9pm. Closed Mondays and major holidays. * Please Note: The Zimmerli is closed to the public during the month of August.

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