Public Program Image as Power


From 30 September 2016 to 5 February 2017


Garage Museum of Contemporary Art


Image as Power is a diverse set of activities intended to explore the powerful resonances and dark timbers that dwell in the work of the three artists featured in the exhibition  Proof —Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein and Robert Longo.

Tension, stress, transgression, and sublimity are ubiquitous in the visual frame composed by the artworks of these artists. The program delves into the origins and the dynamics of the power that these images incarnate to trigger audience perception and enrich understanding of the historical narratives and their nature.

A series of lectures by local and international specialists, including Mark Harris and Naum Kleiman, will reflect upon the individual careers of the artists and the interconnection between their artworks. On November 19, Garage chief curator Kate Fowle and artist Robert Longo—authors of the exhibition concept—will be in conversation.

Regular screenings of the documentaries Robert Longo. An Artist's Journey (2015, directed by Paul Tshinkel) and Goya, the Secret of the Shadow (2011, directed by David Mauas) will also take place throughout the exhibition, in Garage Auditorium. They will provide insight into the development of Robert Longo's charcoal drawing method and the history of Goya's oeuvre interpretations. The screening program to accompany the exhibition will also include several films directed by Robert Longo, and music videos that he created for music bands including REM, Megadeth, The Golden Palominos and others. Sergei Eisenstein’s so-called “revolution tetralogy”: Strike, The Battleship Potemkin, October: The Ten Days That Shook the World, The General Line, will be presented as a separate screening program.

For families with children, Image As Power will focus on black and white imagery and its techniques: engraving, drawing, flipbooks and film. Skills will be developed during a series of open workshops on weekends and through a special children’s exhibition map.

As part of Garage Inclusive program, tactile models of works by Robert Longo and Francisco Goya will be available for blind visitors during special tours. The tactile model of Robert Longo’s sculpture Heretics (After Goya’s Procession of the Flagellants) will be on display as part of the exhibition.

An audio guide, specially prepared for the exhibition, will be available in Russian and English. For deaf and hearing impaired visitors, tours in Russian Sign Language as well as an RSL video guide will be available.


Embassy of Spain


The U.S. Embassy in Russia


Instituto Cervantes


Lecture by Mark Harris

Mark Harris is a UK artist and printmaker. He is Associate Professor of Fine Art at Kingston University, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture.

In his lecture he will discuss the work of Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein and Robert Longo to contextualize these artists' practices within the frame of the Proof exhibition.

Thursday, October 13
Garage Auditorium