Photography from the USSR: Soviet Life, Russian Reality
Opens May 13
Three workers, 1968. Photograph, black and white. 16 x 12
This exhibition presents over fifty photographs from the four final decades of the Soviet era, a period that corresponds with TMORA's concurrent painting exhibition From Thaw to Meltdown. Drawn from the collection of Thomas Werner, professor and director of the BFA program at New York's Parsons New School for Design, these these black-and-white images show Soviet citizens in social, educational, and familial settings that both conformed to the dictates of the regime and reflected their own versions of reality.
Old man, 1971. Photographed by Viacheslav Basov. 14 x 9.5
Images of food stores, daycare centers, schools, and construction sites showing citizens at work and leisure provide an insider's view of the realities of Soviet life under socialism. The photographs are one of a kind prints made from the original negatives. The exhibition also includes amateur photographs and an intriguing selection of artifacts such as Communist Party membership booklets, Army ration books, and Party certificates and commendations. Soviet Life, Russian Reality closes September 16.
Meet the collector at TMORA's member-only preview reception on May 12. Registration Required. Members will receive an invitation via email.
Now on View
From Thaw to Meltdown: Soviet Paintings of the 1950s - 1980s
Examining themes of industry and the individual worker, From Thaw to Meltdown demonstrates the profound and lasting transformations that took place in Soviet society after Stalin's death in 1953. A review of the exhibition was recently featured in the StarTribune. Click here to read the article. For more information and sample images on TMORA's website, click here.
Y. I. Bosko, A Woman of the Volga 1967.