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Professor Maria Gough - Three Radiophonic Monuments to World Revolution

Monday, 23 July 2018


Presenter: Professor Maria Gough, Joseph Pulitzer, Jr. Professor of Modern Art, Harvard University

Title: Three Radiophonic Monuments to World Revolution

Biography: Maria Gough studied law, philosophy, and history of art at the University of Melbourne, before completing an MA in the History of Art at Johns Hopkins and a PhD in History of Art and Architecture at Harvard (1997). Before joining the Harvard faculty in 2009, she served as William Wilhartz Assistant Professor of the History of Art at the University of Michigan (1996-2003) and Associate Professor of Art History at Stanford University (2003-2009). Gough’s primary area of research and teaching is early twentieth-century European art, with a particular emphasis on the Russian and Soviet avant-gardes, Weimar aesthetics, and French modernism.

Abstract: “The very notion of a modern monument is a contradiction in terms,” the American critic Lewis Mumford argued in 1937. “If it is a monument it cannot be modern, and if it is modern, it cannot be a monument.” Not everyone would have agreed with Mumford, least of all Soviet avant-garde artists of the early 1920s, who had sought to refunction the monument, traditionally understood as a memorialization of the past, as now an encomium to a revolutionary present and future. This lecture will examine three large-scale unbuilt visionary proposals for radiophonic monuments to the Third International (Comintern) advanced by Vladimir Tatlin, Gustavs Klucis, and Liubov Popova and Aleksandr Vesnin.

Event details

Date: Thursday, 23 August 2018
Time: 2.45pm - 4.30pm
Venue: ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Music Auditorium, Building 1 Room 1.110
RSVP: Please register your attendance online via EventBrite
Cost: Free


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