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Kate Fowle talks with Boris Groys. The New International or Post-Global?

2 July 2014


The New International or Post-Global?

Kate Fowle talks with Boris Groys
Wednesday July 2, 7:30 pm

In August, Garage will continue to focus its activities on the subject of the 1990s with the opening of its exhibition “The New International.” The project unites two generations of international artists: those who rose to fame at the time with work that challenged our understanding of what a new international perspective could be, and those born in the 1970s who came of age in the decade, embracing the nuances of how the 1990s redefined issues of identity, gender, politics, and art practice.

On 2 July the curator of upcoming The New International Kate Fowle meets with philosopher and art historian Boris Groys, one of the world’s most prolific cultural theoreticians, to discuss the 1990s as a pivotal moment in history that continues to determine the changes in our understanding of identity and remains significant in its redefining of the boundaries of the art world, previously centered on Western European and North American models. While talking over her curatorial concept with Groys, who immigrated to Germany in 1981 and is known for his thoughts on the relationship between East and West, Fowle will also outline possible directions for curators and artists in the international context of today.  

Boris Groys is a philosopher and cultural theoretician. He is Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University and Senior Research Fellow at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. During the 1970s, he actively published articles on philosophy and theory in ‘samizdat’ journals and participated in seminars on underground art in closed-circle events. 

Kate Fowle is chief curator at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and director-at-large at Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York. From 2009-13 she was the executive director of ICI. Previously she was the inaugural international curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing (2007-08) and chair of the Master’s Program in Curatorial Practice, which she co-founded in 2002 for California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Before moving to the United States Fowle was co-director of Smith + Fowle in London. From 1994-96 she was curator at the Towner Art Gallery and Museum in Eastbourne, East Sussex. 

Admission is free, advanced booking required.
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The talk will be in English with simultaneous translation. ID is required for hire of the equipment.


1. Alexander Brener. What David did not finish. (Hello, I’m Your New Commercial Director). May 1995. Moscow, Lubyanka Square. Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Archive Collection

2. Igor Makarevich. Sotheby’s. 1988. Panel, oil.  Tsukanov Art Collection

3. Anatoly Osmolovsky. Leopards break into the temple. (Within the Festival of Animalistic Projects). March 1992. Moscow, Regina Gallery. Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Archive Collection


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