Free or low cost Community Events and college courses are intended to provide background on the yearly topic and to touch on areas related to the February Conference that may not be covered in its three-day format. The views of our presenters are their own and may not represent those of the Camden Conference.
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Architecture: Tradition and Revolution (Lecture @ Cushing Public Library)
January 11, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Join Brooke Harrington and Judy Bing for a two-part presentation on Russian Architecture, Art and Revolution on Sunday, January 11th, 2-4PM, at the Cushing Public Library. The event is free and open to all.
Architecture: Tradition and Revolution
Русское Деревянное Зодчество
Russian Wooden Architecture
An illustrated lecture exploring the traditional wooden architecture of the Russian people to better understand the roots of their culture and heritage. This presentation provides an opportunity to see the traditional wooden dwellings, barns, and important religious buildings and how people lived within them.
Presented by Brooke Harrington, Cushing resident, professor emeritus, Temple University,and Center Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.
Art and Revolution in Russia, 1905 to 1940
As social and political forces mounted against the Tsarist regime and Bolsheviks proclaimed Marxist World Revolution, Russian artists were pursuing a separate revolutionary path, envisioning an aesthetic utopia aligned with modern movements in the West. While some would leave their homeland in pursuit of artistic ideals, many artists and architects remained in the new USSR where they turned their talents to creating an ideal Communist society. Yet they confronted a vast gulf between dreams and realities in a poor and undeveloped country, as their arts were increasingly enlisted to serve an emerging totalitarian state.
This session will explore the extraordinary arts and architecture of this dynamic and conflicted period in Russian history, as a backdrop to consideration of a Resurgent Russia.
Presented by Judith Bing, Cushing resident, professor emeritus, Drexel University, and Center Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.
This presentation is hosted by the Cushing Public Library and offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 28th Annual Camden Conference: Russia Resurgent, February 20-22, 2015. For more information, please call the Cushing Public Library at 207-354-7212.