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Call for Papers – Equal and Poor – A comparative perspective on Art in Communist Europe and the Global South in the long 1970s.  International conference

Poznań, March 17–18, 2023

E&P CFP! pdf


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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION – UNDERSTANDING 1989 IN EAST-CENTRAL EUROPEAN ART: WAR VS REVOLUTION SUPPORTED BY GETTY FOUNDATION
 

Piotr Piotrowski Center for Research On East-Central European Art is pleased to announce Call for Participation for the project Understanding 1989 in East- Central European Art: War vs. Revolution.
PLEASE APPLY&CIRCULATE.

CFP PPCENTER 1989

UNDERSTANDING 1989 IN EAST-CENTRAL EUROPEAN ART: WAR VS REVOLUTION GRANT BY GETTY FOUNDATION AWARDED TO PPCRE-CEA
Piotr Piotrowski Center for Research On East-Central European Art is happy to announce that we have been awarded grant by Getty Foundation as part of its Connecting Art Histories initiative for the project > Understanding 1989 in East-Central European Art: War vs. Revolution<
With our team of four senior researchers – Magdalena Radomska (PPCRE-CEA)&Edit András ( who also lead the project), Caterina Preda, Boris Buden and three great program assistants – Karolina Wilczyńska, Hana Ćurak and Cristina Stoenescu we are getting down to work. Right now we are working on the CFP. We will be recruiting soon – stay tuned.

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HORIZONTAL ART HISTORY:REVISING PERIPHERAL CRITICAL PRACTICES, edited by Agata Jakubowska&Magdalena Radomska, published by Routledge

The book >Horizontal Art History and Beyond Revising Peripheral Critical Practices< edited by PPCRE-CEA founders Agata Jakubowska & Magdalena Radomska has been published by Routledge. With great cover image by Mare Tralla – Felt Boots (2000).

https://www.routledge.com/Horizontal-Art-History-and-Beyond-Revising-Peripheral-Critical-Practices/Jakubowska-Radomska/p/book/9781032030678

Table of contents:
Agata Jakubowska, Magdalena Radomska, Introduction

PART I Practising horizontal art history: Democracy

Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius, The critical museum debate continues
Dorota Jarecka, Horizontal art history and the revolutionary double bind
Karen von Veh and Richard Gregor, Horizontality without borders: postcolonial and postsocialist experience as a framework for the study of art and art history in the periphery

PART II Practising horizontal art history: localisations

Mathilde Arnoux, On the West
Paula Barreiro López, Close Other(s) in the West: Spain and its horizontal histories during the Cold War
Natalia Smolianskaia, The Russian avant-garde in the optics of horizontal art history
Anthony Gardner, Exhibition-Making as Horizontal Art History?
Agata Jakubowska, Towards an Alterglobalist Feminist Art History

PART III Challenging horizontal art history and its internal contradictions

Maja and Reuben Fowkes, How to write a global art history of Central and Eastern Europe
Magdalena Radomska, Not horizontal enough: a horizontal art history with Marxist constraints
Jérôme Bazin, Cultural Backwardness and Economic Backwardness: How Can Horizontal Art History Tackle Socioeconomic Issues?
Edit András, Horizontal Art History: Endangered Species
Jakub Dąbrowski, Freedom of expression and freedom of art in the perspective of horizontal art history

PART IV Alternatives to horizontal art history

Terry Smith, Allegories of orientation
Dan Karlholm, From horizontal art history to lateral art studies?
Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel, Why horizontal art history cannot escape calculation
Andrea Giunta, Simultaneous avant-gardes and horizontal art histories: avant-gardes beyond canonical narratives

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PUBLIC TALK BY MAGDALENA RADOMSKA @ NEW EUROPEAN COLLEGE IN BUCHAREST 

23rd, June, 2022, 17.00.

Lecture On horizontal and not-so-horizontal cuts organized within Periodization in the History of Art and its Conundrums. How to tackle them in East-Central Europe seminar series, a program supported by the Getty Foundation as part of its Connecting Art Histories initiative.

The lecture will discuss the notion of horizontal art history coined by Piotr Piotrowski as it is examined in the book Horizontal Art History and Beyond. Revising Peripheral Critical Practices, that is about to be published by Routledge, edited by Magdalena Radomska and Agata Jakubowska. The book is a critical examination of horizontal art history, which provokes a discussion on the original concept, possible methods to extend it, and its weakest points. It is a collection of essays written by international scholars (such as Edit András, Mathilde Arnoux, Anthony Gardner, Terry Smith, Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel, Jérôme Bazin or Andrea Giunta) who either critically practice horizontal art history, or propose theoretical revisions of the concept. The presentation aims at the critical reexamination of the concept and its aftermath, namely the idea of alterglobalist art history elaborated by Piotrowski in his last book, A Global Approach to the Art of Eastern Europe (trans. Anna Brzyski, with afterword by Magdalena Radomska), which is about to be published in English by Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory. It offers a clear concept of periodization of global art history in the form of horizontal cuts that crosscut the hierarchy of the center and peripheries.

The lecture will provide a Marxist approach both to the concept of horizontal/alterglobalist art history and its tools (horizontal cuts), asking about possible alternative adaptations of the notion of horizontality understood as a domain of global class solidarity that leads to the abolishment of class division interrelated with the division of labour, sustaining a seemingly elitist status of art that weakens its subversive potential. Such a framework authorizes the acknowledgment of the primacy of the base over superstructural analysis. It also criticizes horizontal art history for its neglect of the notion of class, which undermines its horizontal status and thus the horizontal character of the periodization proposed by Piotrowski in his last book.

link to the event:

https://nec.ro/events/on-horizontal-and-not-so-horizontal-cuts/

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VISEGRAD GRANT – CONTEMPORARY ART IN CENTRAL EUROPE

PPCRE-CEA takes part in yet another Visegrad grant – Contemporary Art in Central Europe as Polish assisting partner. On 16 and 17 June, 2022 we visited institutions in Budapest as part of a research.

The meeting at acb Gallery. Kata Balázs, Róna Kopeczky, Vladimíra Büngerová, Jana Orlová, Daniela Carna, Łukasz Guzek, Agnieszka Kulazińska. Magdalena Radomska and Paweł Leszkowicz  – Piotr Piotrowski Center. 

MEET OUR RESEARCHERS: PETRA LEXOVA

31st of May, 2022

Petra Lexová is a Ph.D. student in the History of Art Department Faculty of Arts in
Brno. She is also working as an Assistant Professor in the Arts and Culture Sciences Department in České Budějovice. She has been part of Artalk editorial team, where she periodically publishes art reviews and foreign art news. She has also participated in creating the Brno database of Open Studios artists.
 In her Ph.D. research, Petra Lexová focuses on Czech Object Sculpture Art from 1960
 till 1980 in the backyard of Central European Late Modernism. The main objective 
of this project is to create a comprehensive study that leads to the understanding of specific forms of Czech object art and their position in the Central European and international context. In 2021 Lexová got the Alfred Bader fellowship for excellent Ph.D. students, and in 2022 Masaryk University’s Rector’s Award for Outstanding Artistic Activity.
Website with Petra Lexová profile on the University where is more projects:
The Masaryk University
The South Bohemia University

RESONANCES:BRATISLAVA RESEARCH

6th-8th of June, 2022

Research visit at the archive of Július Koller Society. Great presentation by Daniel Grúň, who was showing us around fantastic exhibition Technologie und das Unheimliche (T+U): Unforeseen Forces of Occulture (U.F.O.) by T+U ( Mark Fridvalszki, Zsolt Miklósvölgyi, and Márió Z. Nemes); Galéria mesta Bratislavy: Fascinating talk by Mira Keratová on Peter Bartoš; Research at Depozit Slovak National Gallery; Research in the Archive First Slovak Investment Group (Prvá slovenská investičná skupina, a. s. with the great talk of the collection curator Zuzana Bartošová

RESONANCES TEAM?<3 

14th of May, 2022

Resonances: Regional and Transregional Cultural Transfer in the Art of the 1970s (International Visegrad Fund, Strategic Grants ) Piotr Piotrowski Center for Research on East-Central European Art, Poznań, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest – Artpool Art Research Center, Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Arts; Department of Art History, Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Academic Research Centre of the Academy of Fine Arts (VVP AVU); Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institute of Art History; Artpool Art Research Center, Budapest, and the Central European Research Institute for Art History (KEMKI)

from left to right: Zsófia Kókai, Júlia Klaniczay, Dávid Fehér, Pavlína Morganová,Hana Buddeus,Emese Kürti,  Andrea Euringer Bátorova, Magdalena Radomska, Dagmar Svatošová, Zsuzsa László

CONFERENCE: BEYOND FRIENDSHIPS:REGIONAL TRANSFER IN THE ART OF THE 1970’S

12th-13th of May, 2022

The conference Beyond Friendships: Regional Cultural Transfer in The Art of the 1970s organized by the Central European Research Institute for Art History (KEMKI) – Artpool Art Research Center in Budapest, in the framework of Resonances: Regional and Transregional Cultural Transfer in the Art of the 1970s.

FROM THE EDUCATIONAL PRACTICE OF  PPCRE-CEA 
28th of April, 2022
Recently students attending Magdalena Radomska seminar ‘Art on Border’ and her lecture series on Contemporary Art from Ukraine and Belarus gathered in order to visit abandoned Szyc Stadium in Poznań that opened in 1929 during the “Comprehensive National Exhibition”, serving later as a forced labor camp for several thousands of Jewish prisoners after the Nazi invasion on Poland (1941-43) and a headquarter for 13 sub-camps in the region. It was also a historic place of a which-hunt taht took place in Poznań in the first half o the XVIth century – motive extensively used in so-called Black Protest against proposed legislation that would have tightened abortion law in 2016 and later.
We came to see blooming daffodils planted as a part of the action of Polish artist Anna Siekierska -‘Direct gardening action: communal planting of daffodils’ that took place in October, 2021 within a project ‘Refugia – The Survival
of Urban Transspecies Communities’ curated by Monika Bakke and Marek Wasilewski.
The work is visible only once a year.
From the catalogue:
Planting 2,000 daffodils in the Szyc Stadium during the Direct Gardening Action will be an attempt to heal this space, where a labor camp for Jewish prisoners operated from 1941 to 1943. The flowers will bloom in April and will bring back the memory of the stadium’s approximately two thousand prisoners. (Monika Bakke – Environmental Humanities Center, UAM)

SPECIAL ISSUE OF UMENI/ART ON ‘HORIZONTAL ART HISTORY’

10th of February, 2022

Many thanks for Umění/Art for publishing a vast and very much needed discussion on the concept of ‘horizontal art history’ by Piotr Piotrowski (text originally published in Umění: P.Piotrowski “On the Spatial Turn, or a Horizontal Art History.” Umeni/Art 5 (2008): 378–83), initiated by Matthew Rampley with responses by Beata Hock, Marie Rakusanova, Milena Bartlova, Magdalena Radomska (Piotr Piotrowski Center for Research on East-Central European Art), Jeremy Howard, Raino Isto, Claire Farago, Timothy O.Benson and Eva Forgacs. Edited by Pavla Machalikova and Steven Mansbach.

THE SECOND TALK CANNON RESISTANT&CANON RESISTANT: Contemporary Art from Belarus: GLOBAL SCREAM FOR BELARUS

21st of December, 2021

The second talk of the series, founded by Fundacja UAM –  by Paweł Leszkowicz and Jana Shostak, will concern Shostak’s work in the context of contemporary feminist art in Belarus, but also art dealing with the fight for equal rights for LGBT+ minorities in Belarus. Jana Shostak is an artist and activist, well recognized for her projects regarding refugees’ status (“Newman, Newwoman, Newmen” – ongoing since 2017) and for her engagement in contemporary political problems in Belarus. As a result of the re-election of Alexander Lukashenko for the president of Belarus in 2020, Shostak initiated “Global scream for Belarus” project. Due to its straightforward message and radical means, her artivism has been belittled by politicians. After her protest against the diversion of Ryanair Flight 4978 with Belarusian activist Roman Protasevich on board by air traffic control to Minsk National Airport became an object of criticism due to her transparent clothes showing her nipples, Shostak decided to use the impact of that criticism by commencing an action “Neckline for Belarus”. The artist attracted attention to the part of the body subjected both to the gaze and censorship, using it to display names of companies cooperating with Belarusian dictatorship.

watch @:

https://www.facebook.com/GaleriaMiejskaArsenal/videos/275642487878228

PIOTR PIOTROWSKI CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON EAST-CENTRAL EUROPEAN ART ANNOUNCES SERIES OF TALKS ON BELARUSIAN CONTEMPORARY ART: CANNON RESISTANT&CANON RESISTANT: Contemporary Art from Belarus.

14th of December, 2021.

The series of online talks initiated by PPCRE-CEA presents contemporary Belarusian art that remains relatively unknown both due to the political situation in Belarus and the hegemony of the Western canon.
The first talk (founded by Fundacja UAM) by Magdalena Radomska with Belarusian curators Aleksei Borisionok & Vera Zalutskaya will focus on the situation of contemporary, politically engaged Belarusian art, especially in the context of ODKSZTAŁCENIE / ДЭФАРМАЦЫЯ / UNLEARNING exhibition, which has just closed in DOMIE gallery in Poznań (curated by Aleksei Borisionok, Raman Tratsiuk, Vera Zalutskaya).

VISEGRAD STRATEGIC GRANT RECEIVED: Resonances: Regional and Transregional Cultural Transfer in the Art of the 1970s 

27th o January, 2021

For several months now Piotr Piotrowski Center for Research on East-Central European Art has been involved in long-run research project, Resonances: Regional and Transregional Cultural Transfer in the Art of the 1970s (International Visegrad Fund, Strategic Grants ) with Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest – Artpool Art Research Center, Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Arts; Department of Art History, Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Academic Research Centre of the Academy of Fine Arts (VVP AVU); Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institute of Art History; Artpool Art Research Center, Budapest, and the Central European Research Institute for Art History (KEMKI). This is our team discussing Budapest event Beyond Friendships (Budapest, 11-12 May 22)

ENDNOTES TO ALTERGLOBALIST ART HISTORY- TALK BY AGATA JAKUBOWSKA AND MAGDALENA RADOMSKA @ KYIVBIENNAL

29TH of October, 2021

On October 29, at 19:00, within the framework of Allied – Kyiv Biennial 2021, we invite you to the talk by Agata Jakubowska and Magdalena Radomska “Endnotes to Alterglobalist Art History”.
In his last unfinished book (Globalizing the Art of East-Central Europe, to be published by the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory in 2021) Piotr Piotrowski proposed to rework the analytic paradigm in the alterglobalist direction that would lead to constitution of what he called “alterglobalist art history”. The core of the project of alterglobalist art history lies in its attempt to determine the relationship between global art history and postcolonial studies and the impact of the latter on the issue of East European artistic peripheries.
In our talk we will present two possible ways in which alterglobalist art history can be approached critically and practiced. Magdalena Radomska will focus on its tensions with Marxism and thus will approach the problem of possible overcoming of post-colonial studies – both from Piotrowski’s perspective and the Marxist one. Agata Jakubowska will talk about rethinking feminist art from Eastern Europe in a global perspective by challenging the dominant conceptual framework.
The event is organized in collaboration with the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory
The event will be held in English in the blue hall of the House of Cinema at Saksaganskogo St., 6.
Free entrance.
The organizers of Kyiv Biennial ask visitors to observe the mask mode and have an appropriate COVID certificate.

NEW PUBLICATION: WILEY-BLACKWELL COMPANION TO CONTEMPORARY DRAWING (ed. Kelly Chorpening and Rebecca Fortnum) with text by Magdalena Radomska ‘Drawn from Communism: Anti‐Capitalist Drawing from Central‐Eastern Europe’

18th of December, 2020

PPCRE-CEA is pleased to announce that A Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Drawing, edited by Kelly Chorpening and Rebecca Fortnum, has now been published including the text ‘Drawn from Communism: Anti‐Capitalist Drawing from Central‐Eastern Europe’ by Magdalena Radomska.
Sincere thanks to Tamas St.Turba/Tamás Szentjóby, Nedko Solakov, János Sugár, GLUKLYA /Natalia Pershina‐Jakimanskaya, formerly: Factory of Found Clothes, Fokus Grupa, Marina Naprushkina (and the Office for Antipropaganda) and Łukasz Surowiec, whose work was chosen for the cover.

MEETING

Ars Homo Erotica: Ten Years Later

In memory of Piotr Piotrowski

Organised jointly by Birkbeck’s Centre for Museum Cultures, UCL and The Courtauld Institute of Art

Thursday 26 November 2020 from 18:00

MORE INFORMATION HERE

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NEW PUBLICATION

The Future of Avant-Garde Studies. A European Round Table
with Wolfgang Asholt, Peter Bürger, Éva Forgács, Benedikt Hjartarson
and Piotr Piotrowski
, moderated by Hubert van den Berg

The Future of Avant-Garde Studies, Journal of Avant-Garde Studies, , 1-36. doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/25896377-00101003

Transcipt of a round-table discussion that took place at the second conference of the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (EAM) organised by the Institute of Art History of the Adam Mickiewicz University (UAM) in Poznań in September 2010. With an introduction by Hubert van den Berg

Photo: Ryszard Rau

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JUST PUBLISHED!

After Piotr Piotrowski. Art, Democracy and Friendship, eds. Agata Jakubowska, Magdalena Radomska, Adam Mickiewicz University Press, Poznań

For the Table of content and Introduction check HERE

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The first seminar week of “Gender Politics and the Art of European Socialist States” took place in Poznań, at the Adam Mickiewicz University.

photo Ryszard Rau

Then we met in Zagreb in January 2020

and online in May 2020

More: http://cah.amu.edu.pl/


Open Lectures and Reception

Radicality and Women Artists. Latin America and Eastern Europe

Andrea Giunta (University of Buenos Aires)

and

Susanne Altmann (independent art historian, Dresden)

Wednesday, 4 September, 2019, 4-7 pm

Collegium Novum, Al. Niepodległości 4, Poznań, room 401 A

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Gender Politics and the Art of European Socialist States

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Travelling Research Seminar – Poznań, Zagreb, Timișoara – 2019/2020

 “Gender Politics and the Art of European Socialist States,” is a new project launched with the support of the Getty Foundation as part of its Connecting Art Histories initiative. Doctorate students from East-Central Europe are encouraged to apply for this travelling research seminar that will take place during the academic year 2019/2020 and will consist of three one-week seminars organized in Poznań, Zagreb and Timișoara.

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION AND APPLICATION

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01/11/2018
Globalne ujęcie sztuki Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej
Piotr Piotrowski

Global Viewpoint of Eastern European Art

NEW BOOK, Poznań: Rebis, 2018, In Polish
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26-27/10/2018
The inaugural conference
Theorizing the Geography of East-Central European Art
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