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Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University

Exhibition Detail
Leningrad's Perestroika: Crosscurrents in Photography, Video, and Music
Curated by: Corina L. Apostol
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

April 20th, 2013 - October 13th, 2013
other (outside main areas)
Tuesday - Friday: 10am-4:30pm; First Wednesday 10am-9pm; Weekends: Noon-5pm. Closed Mondays, the month of August, & Major Holidays: Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Thursday & Friday, December 24 & 25, January 1.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
photography, video-art
Free - $6

This exhibition highlights the unique photographic, video, and musical innovations that shaped the Leningrad (now known as St. Petersburg) unofficial art culture during the period of glasnost and perestroika (1985-91). It presents for the first time photographers, musicians, and video artists as active members of groups, rather than individual producers, to underscore their collective goals as part of a larger counter-cultural phenomenon in the city. The eclectic body of material produced over the span of a transformative decade shared a common goal: to stimulate the audience’s imagination in such a way as to disrupt everyday social interaction. Photography and video were considered unique media, able to cross the boundary between the present and the past, and thus became an important tool for fostering a reflective process. Their documentary character was exploited to reveal the city to its inhabitants, connecting individuals to the rapid transformations of Soviet society, while opening an anticipatory window into the future. Works by 20 artists are featured, the majority of which have never been exhibited before. 

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