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Alla Rosenfeld

Part Time Lecturer, Russian and Art History
Ph.D., Modern and Contemporary Art, Graduate Center, City University of New York
M.A., Theory and History of Art, Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Russia

Office: Zimmerli Art Museum

Fall 2016 Office Hours: By appointment

Research Interests:

European Modernism, Global Contemporary Art, Russian and Soviet Art, Word and Image, History of Graphic Design, Theater Design


Honors/Awards:

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts (CASVA) Visiting Senior Research Scholar, Summer 2014

National Endowment for the Humanities and Columbia University Visiting Scholar at the NEH Summer Seminar at Columbia University, New York, Summer 2011

International Partnerships among State Museums Awarded various research grants by the American Association of Museums during the period 1995-2005 to conduct research at the following institutions:

  • State Art Musuem, Riga (Latvia)
  • State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
  • State Art Museum of Estonia

 

Publications (selected):

Books:

Twentieth Century Artists from the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union Working in France, A biographical dictionary. Forthcoming in Fall 2014.

Moscow Conceptualism in Context. Munich, London and New York: Prestel Publishing, 2011. General editor and essayist.

A World of Stage: Russian Design for Theater, Opera, and Dance. Tokyo: Art Impressions, 2007.

Art of the Baltics: The Struggle for Freedom of Artistic Expression under the Soviets, 1945-1991. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2001. General editor.

Defining Russian Graphic Arts: From Diaghilev to Stalin, 1898-1934. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1999.

From Gulag to Glastnost: Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1995. General editor and essayist.

Journals:

Zimmerli Journal. Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. General editor for the following issues: Fall 2004, Fall 2005, Fall 2006.

Exhibition Catalogues:

VORLETZTE WAHRHEITEN: Russische Kunst zwischen Metaphysik und Konzept, ("The Penultimate Truth: Russian Art from Metaphysics to Conceptualism"). Hannover, Germany: Stiftung Ahlers pro Arte, 2013.

"An Artist who Refused to Compromise." In Alek Rapoport. San Francisco: Michael Dunev Fine Arts, 1997.

Stuggle for the Spriti: Religious Expression in Soviet Noncomformist Art. New Brunswick: Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, 1993.

Russian Experiment: Master Works/Contemporary Works. New Rochelle: Castle Gallery, 1990.

Selected Articles:

"Between East and West: The Search for Russian National Identity in Illustrated Children's Books, Early 1800s-1917," in Rosalind Blakesley and Margaret Samu, Eds. From Realism to the Silver Age: New Studies in Russian Artistic Culture. Studies of the Harriman Institute, Columbia University. DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, 2014, pp.168-188.

"Word and/as Image: Visual Experiments by Nonconformist Artists," in Alla Rosenfeld. Ed. Moscow Conceptualism in Context. Munich, London and New York: Prestel Publishing, 2011, pp. 178-233.

"National Identity versus Globalization in Contemporary Art: The Russian Dilemma." In Julia Tulovsky, ed., The Claude and Nina Gruen Collection of Contemporary Russian Art. New Brunswick: Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, 2008, pp. 73-106.

"Stretching the Limits: On Photo-Related Works of Art in the Dodge Collection." In Diane Neumaier, ed., Beyond Memory: Soviet Nonconformist Photography and Photo-Related Works of Art. New Brunswick and London: Rutgers University Press, 2004, pp. 131-175.

"'A Great City with a Provincial Fate': Leningrad Nonconformist Art from Khrushchev to Perestroika." In Alla Rosenfeld and Norton T. Dodge, eds., From Gulag to Glastnost: Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1995, pp. 101-134.

"Photography as Art: Contemporary Russian Photography in the Yuri Traisman Collection." In Forbidden Art: Soviet Nonconformist Art, 1956-1988. New York: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, 1998, pp. 173-199.


Courses Taught at Rutgers:

Undergraduate


Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde Theater Design, 1905-1935 (860:347)
Russian Illustrated Children's Books, 1900-1936
Russian Avant-Garde Graphic Design (082:361)
Art and Power: Political Propaganda in Art, Architecture, Theater and Film during the Soviet Era, 1917-1991 (860:320)
Russian Art and Architecture from its Origin to the Time of Peter the Great (10th-17th c.)
Russian Art and Architecture from the Time of Peter the Great to the Present
 

Selected Lectures and Conferences:

"Russophone Emigrants in the Performing and Visual Arts"
Guest Speaker, June 21, 2013
NEH Summer Institute for Visiting Scholars, Columbia University, New York
 
International Conference on Russian Artistic Life Abroad, 1990-2010
May 26-28, 2012
St. Petersburg State University, Russia
 
"Life or Death to the Fairytale?: The Soviet Production Book for Children"
Guest Speaker, March 22, 2012
Department of History and Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, The University of Pennsylvania
 
International Conference on the Contemporary Russian-Speaking Diaspora
November 2011
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
 
"National Identity Versus Globalization in Contemporary Art: The Russian Dilemma," May 2010
 
International Conference on Post-Soviet Art Museums in the Era of Globalization: Contemporary Art and Institutions
Graz University and Kunsthaus Graz, Austria
 
"Russian Stage Design, 1900-1935," May 2008
Columbia University, New York
 
"Soviet Nonconformist Art," May 2006
The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota
 
"The Reception of Modern Western Art in Soviet Russia," November 2005
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
 
"Against the Tide: The Waves of Discontent in Leningrad Artistic Institutions and Associations, 1920s-1980s," March 2003
Presented at the international symposium Capitals by Design: Architecture, the Arts and Spectacle in St. Petersburg and Washington, D.C.
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
 
"Does a Proletarian Child Need a Fairy Tale?: Soviet 'Production' Books for Children in Context, 1920s-1930s," April 2002
Presented at the international symposium The Russian Avant-Garde Book, 1910-1934
Museum of Modern Art, New York
 
"Soviet Art and its Social and Political Context," June 1998
Hessenhuis, Antwerp, Belgium
 
"Soviet Nonconformist Art," February 1998
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida
 
"Art as Politics/Politics as Art," October 1997
Presented at international conference
Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
 
"Soviet Nonconformist Art," June 1997
Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
 
"Russian Emigré Artists in New York, 1970-1980s," November 1996
Annual Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Boston, Massachusetts
 
"Photo-Related Works in Soviet Nonconformist Art," September 1996
Presented at symposium on Soviet photography, The University of Texas at Austin 
 
 
Other Professional Experience:
 
Research Consultant, European Evaluators, New York
February 2009-present
 
Member of the International Jury, Kandinsky Prize for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
October 2009-May 2014
 
Vice President and Senior Specialist, Russian Paintings, Sotheby's, New York
October 2006-February 2009
 
Director of Russian and Soviety Nonconformist Art Department and Senior Curator of Russian Art, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
January 1992-September 2006
 
 
Major Selected Exhibitions:
 
Curated Russian Designs for Theater, Opera, and Dance which traveled to four museums in Japan, including The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum (April-October 2007)
 
Co-curated Soviety Dis-Union: Socialist Realist and Nonconformist Art, The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota (April-August 2006)
 
Curated World of Stage: Russian Costume and Stage Design, Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery, Fairfield University, Connecticut (January-March 2004)
 
Curated Censored and Sanctioned: Selections from the Dodge Collection, The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas (October 2002-June 2004)
 
Curated Leningrad Nonconformist Art, Meyerhoff Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland (February-March 2003)
 
Curated Art of the Baltics, 1945-1991, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum (2001)
 
Curated Defining Russian Graphic Arts: From Diaghilev to Stalin, 1898-1934, with over 150 works borrowed from the National Library of Russia and the Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Musuem (April-June 1999)
 
Curated Selections from The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida (February-March 1998)
 
Curated an exhibition of Leningrad contemporary art for the international exhibition St. Petersburg: A Cultural Celebration, World Financial Center, New York (January-March 1997)
 
Curated Russian Costume and Stage Design, Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Russian (July-August 1997); Museum of Okregowe, Torun, Poland (September 1997)

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