Mikhail Baljasnij, “Communism means soviets, plus the electrification of the whole country,” 1930, from "Views and Re-Views".
Photo: Courtesy of the Ne boltai! Collection
“Views and Re-Views: Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons” Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, through December 4. What it’s about Spanning more than 60 years, this show proves there’s more to Soviet art than Socialist Realism. It comes from Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery. Why you should see it Kulagina’s International Working Women’s Day is the day of judging of socialist competition reflects the show’s emphasis on great but semi-obscure artists. Where to learn more Scholars Christina Kiaer and Robert Bird discuss “The Nature and Politics of Form in Soviet Posters, 1930–65” Thursday 13.
“Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde” Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, through December 11. What it’s about Curated by the Getty Research Institute, “Tango with Cows” examines the experimental books that artists and poets made before the Russian revolution. Why you should see it Natalia Goncharova created the illustrations for A Game in Hell, a poem by Velimir Khlebnikov and Alexei Kruchenykh. Where to learn more The Getty’s website allows visitors to read some of the digitized books and listen to poems.