Birth of a Profession: Curator. First Curatorial Projects in Russian Art, Late 1980s–Early 1990s. A lecture by Milena Orlova

7 February 2018


Garage Library continues its series of lectures and public discussions on subjects covered by the Museum’s publishing program. The current lecture marks the release of Joseph Backstein’s book  Articles, Dialogues and Exhibitions, published as part of the GARAGE PRO series.

Art historian Milena Orlova will talk about exhibitions of Russian art from the period between the 1980s and 1990s, when curatorial practice was just starting in Russia. The lecture will cover such figures as Joseph Backstein, who organized exhibitions at Butirskaya Prison and the Sanduny Bath House; Viktor Misiano, a curator at the Contemporary Art Center at Yakimanka from 1992 to 1995; Andrey Erofeev a head of New Trends in Art Department at The State Museum of Decorative-Applied Art of the Peoples of the USSR (currently Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve); Oleg Kulik curator and art director at Regina Gallery from 1991 to 1993.

Experiments by the first Russian curators will be studied in the context of underground art festivals of the Soviet times, alongside the birth of the gallery business in Russia and the emergence of the first independent art groups (Klub Avangardistov) and exhibition spaces (Hermitage Amateur Society).

The lecture will be introduced by the compiler of the book, Alexandra Shestakova.


Milena Orlova is an art historian and journalist. She gained a PhD in History and Theory of Art at the Faculty of History at Lomonosov Moscow State University (1992). Between 1997 and 2009 she worked as an art observer and deputy head of the Culture department at Kommersant newspaper, between 2009 and 2012 as editor-in-chief at Artchronika magazine, since 2012 she has been editor-in-chief at The Art Newspaper Russia.


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