How to Teach the History of 20th Century Art. The Russian Experience


From 11 November 2015




Garage Auditorium
How to Teach the History of 20th Century Art. The Russian ExperienceHow to Teach the History of 20th Century Art. The Russian Experience


To mark the publication of the Russian translation of Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism by Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, and David Joselit, Garage presents a panel discussion on teaching the history and theory of 20th century art in Russia.

As well as offering a detailed account of the key moments in the history of art, Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism presents an overview of the main theoretical approaches to analyzing art: from psychoanalytical critique and the social history of art to structuralism and post-structuralism.

Each of these approaches is described in a separate introductory essay mapping out its history and explaining its vocabulary. The prospects of these methods for the analysis of art in the 21st century are presented in a chapter based on the round-table discussion “The predicament of contemporary art.” This material is of particular interest to a Russian-speaking audience, as even today very few books on contemporary Western art theory are available in Russian translation.

The panel–comprising representatives of Moscow higher education institutions and independent researchers and art historians–will focus on the problem of teaching the history of art of the 20th and 21st centuries and the contemporary methodology necessary for its analysis.


Maria Kravtsova (moderator), art historian, Editor in Chief of and the Russian edition of GARAGE Magazine

Alexandra Danilova, art historian, Assistant Director of the Gallery of 19th and 20th Century European and American Art, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

Yulia Liderman, Director of the Garage series of seminars Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism 

Nadezhda Plungyan, Senior Research Associate, The State Institute of Art Studies

Ivan Tuchkov, Head of the Department of Art History, Moscow State University

Elena Sharnova, Academic Director of the History of Art program, Faculty of Humanities, Higher School of Economics

Alexander Ivanov, Editor in Chief of Ad Marginem Press, and Olga Dubitskaya, Publishing Program Coordinator, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art will present the book.