Garage Museum of Contemporary Art has selected five participants of the 2019 Archive Summer grant program who will spend one month in Moscow studying materials from Garage Archive about self-organized artists and exhibition spaces in different parts of Russia.
The program is aimed at popularizing Garage’s archive collection among professional researchers writing about Russian art. Every year, Garage Archive selects a new topic of study based on documents preserved in its collection and responding to particular requests from researchers.
The 2019 summer research will focus on the history and chronology of Moscow’s art institutions. The participants will get access to collections of documents, photo, and video records, including the archives of Russia’s first art galleries established soon after the fall of the Soviet Union, archives of leading Russian critics and pioneering curators (both independent and those with institutional backgrounds), photo and video archives of Joseph Backstein, George Kiesewalter, Igor Makarevich, Mikhail Nazarov, Vlad Chizhenkov, and others.
Applications to enroll in the program that will run from June 3 to September 1 were submitted by thirty candidates from across Russia (Vladivostok, Kazan, Moscow, Petrozavodsk, and St. Petersburg) and abroad (Brazil, Great Britain, Germany, Kazakhstan, The United States, and France).
The Museum expert committee selected the following winners:
— Yelena Kalinsky, art historian (Lansing, United States)
— Roman Osminkin, art theoretician (St. Petersburg)
— Denis Stolyarov, PhD candidate at the Courtauld Institute of Art (London)
— Alessandra Franetovich, art historian (Berlin)
— Natalia Chekh, curator, executive partner at the Institute of Cultural Events Promotion (Odessa)
Sabine Hänsgen, member of the University of Zurich research group Performance in Eastern Europe (1950–1990), will also take part in the 2019 program.
Each winner will be provided access to work at Garage Archive for one month, accommodation (if necessary), travel costs, and be awarded a grant of 70,000 rubles.
Opening of the exhibition hall at Ulitsa Oktyabrskaya 26, which would later become home to L Gallery. Moscow, 1986
Photo: Evgeny Salnikov
Garage Archive Collection (L Gallery archive)
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