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Seminar Series. Key Texts in Art History

30 January – 23 April 2020
Thursdays, 19:00–21:00


This season, participants will read texts by Michael Fried, Brian O'Doherty, Hélène Cixous, Laura Mulvey, and other authors.

Garage Library continues the course of seminars inspired by the anthology Fifty Key Texts in Art History published by Routledge in 2012—a collection of critical commentaries on seminal writings from the classical period to the late twentieth century that have shaped art history as an intellectual tradition and an academic discipline.

Based on Michael Fried’s text on art and objecthood, Brian O’Doherty’s analysis of “white cube” gallery spaces, Laura Mulvey’s work on the visual culture of narrative cinema, and other writings, participants will discuss the interpretation of art and art research methodologies, as well as the key theoretical questions of modernism, avant-garde, and contemporary art practices. Participants are invited to read the original writings by critics and philosophers and commentaries on them in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent. 

The seminars require independent reading of texts indicated in the bibliographical list in preparation for every meeting. The meetings will be devoted to the discussions of texts and moderated by Yulia Liederman.


Yulia Liderman (PhD Cultural Studies) is a researcher specialising in Russian contemporary art, film, and theatre. She is the author of Tests and Trials in the Post-Soviet Culture: The Soviet Past in the Russian Film of the 1990s (Ibidem-Verlag, 2005). From 2007 to 2015 she taught at the Department of Cultural History and Theory at the Russian State University for the Humanities. In 2017, she was appointed senior researcher at RANEPA School of Advanced Studies in the Humanities. Liderman has written for Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, Siny divan, Iskusstvo kino, Znamya, and DI.


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