Available on Issue.com: art catalogue accompanying Peasants, Clans, and Effervescent Autocrats!

September 7th, 2018

I’m thrilled to announce that the catalogue accompanying Columbia University’s Harriman Institute for Russian Studies exhibit of my art is now published on Issuu.com!  The fully-illustrated catalogue will be available for free for the length of the exhibit.  It’s an unusual, very personal artist’s catalogue with a sometimes-startling view into my artistic process and the history visualized my art. I hope you’ll take a quick look or a long look! Have fun with the magic of turning virtual pages! Best is to view in Full Screen. You can enlarge using the + icon on the bottom, and scroll around the enlarged page with the arrow, via dragging your mouse (like the hand on google maps).

Columbia University-Harriman Institute exhibit of my art: Clans, Peasants, and Effervescent Absolutists!

September 7th, 2018

Columbia University’s Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies is currently exhibiting my art about Russia, in PEASANTS, CLANS, AND EFFERVESCENT ABSOLUTISTS!   Sept. 4-Oct. 18.

Please join us for the exhibit reception Sept. 20, 2018, 6-8 pm in the Harriman Institute Atrium.  More information is here.

I will give an artist lecture in the Atrium Oct. 2, 2018, at 6 pm.  More information is here.

My Working Women in Russia Under the Hunger Tsars recommended on Library of Congress website for readings about 1917

August 8th, 2018

What do you recommend reading for the centenary of the Russian Revolution?

I was delighted to find my book, Working Women in Russia Under the Hunger Tsars, was recommended on the Library of Congress website last year:

“This year there will be an outpouring of writings on the Russian Revolution – many of which will, unfortunately, downplay the role of ‘ordinary’ peasants and workers.

“Here’s a place to list readings that tell the real history of the revolution. What would libcommers recommend?

“To start us off, here’s some writings on the February Revolution – which began on 8 March, International Women’s Day, 1917:

“Choi Chatterjee, Celebrating Women; Gender, Festival, Culture and Bolshevik Ideology, p43-54.

“Temma Kaplan, ‘Women and Communal Strikes in the Crisis of 1917-1922’.

“Jane McDermid and Anna Hillyar, Midwives of the Revolution, especially p147-157.

“Anne Bobroff-Hajal, Working Women in Russia under the Hunger Tsars: political activism and daily life

“… Also check out https://socialhistories1917.wordpress.com/ for recordings of recent talks on the revolution.”


My upcoming exhibit at Columbia University: “Peasants, Clans, and Effervescent Absolutists!”

July 13th, 2018

Columbia University’s Harriman Institute for Russian, East European, and Eurasion Studies has announced their upcoming exhibit of my art about Russia: Peasants, Clans, and Effervescent Absolutists!

The reception will be held September 20.  I will also lecture about the art and its Russian history content on October 2, at 6 pm, Harriman Institute, 12th Floor, Columbia University International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St).

Please join us!

Post.at.MOMA interview with Anna Bitkina

February 17th, 2017

Anna Bitkina is one half of TOK Curators St Petersburg, Russia (Maria Veits is the other).  Anya recently did a video interview for post, the Museum of Modern Art’s online resource devoted to art and the history of modernism in a global context.  You can also see my response to Anya’s interview there, “Keeping the Baby While Throwing Out the Bathwater: Socially Engaged Art in Russia and the US Today.”

Panel 5 of Darling Godsonny Stalin (Ivan the Terrible Advises the Infant Stalin)

December 12th, 2016

Click on image for enlargement.

Panel 5 of Darling Godsonny Stalin (Ivan the Terrible Advises the Infant Stalin) . 68″ x 32″ . Acrylic paint and digital images on canvas and board

Click on image below to see enlargment.  These are actual items that the Soviet elite secretly enjoyed behind closed doors and hidden within special guarded, walled housing areas.

DETAIL of Panel 5 of Darling Godsonny Stalin