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Three lectures will accompany the exhibition of "unofficial" art

Media contact only: Susan Fillin-Yeh
Director, Cooley Gallery
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Gallery info line: 503/777-7790

Samizdat: Book and Installation Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1970-1996, an exhibition of unofficial, nonconformist art, will open at Reed College's Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery on Thursday, February 6, and will run through Sunday, March 16. The Cooley Gallery is in Reed's library building; viewing hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call the gallery information line at 503/777-7790. All events are free and open to the public.

Three lectures are scheduled in connection with the exhibition:
On Thursday, February 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the Eliot Hall chapel, New York artists Rimma Gerlovina and Valeriy Gerlovin, members of the original underground Samizdat movement in Moscow, will speak about the history of Samizdat art.
On Thursday, February 27, at 6:30 p.m. in Vollum Lecture Hall, Lena Lencek, Reed professor of Russian and humanities, will discuss Samizdat literature.
Oleg Dergatchov, a book artist from Ukraine instrumental in producing books by many other artists, will be on campus as artist in residence from March 10 to March 16. He will discuss his work and the small-press phenomenon on Wednesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in the psychology auditorium.

Samizdat is curated by Geraldine Ondrizek, assistant professor of art, with Susan Fillin-Yeh, Cooley Gallery director; Silas B. Cook, assistant curator; and Lencek. The works on display were gathered by Ondrizek directly from the artists themselves. The exhibition offers a highly focused overview of Samizdat art in its historical and current manifestations. Definitions and expression of Samizdat have mutated over the years since the breaking up of the former Soviet Union.

Among the earlier generation of Moscow Samizdat artists in the exhibition are Vagrich Bakhchanyan, Ilija Kabakov and Andrej Monastyrsky, William Brui and Gregory Kapelyan, Henry Khudyakov, Vsevolod Nekrasov, Lev Nussberg, A. Szigalov, N. Abalakova, V. Polishchuk, and Gerlovina and Gerlovin, whose work in the exhibition includes new photographs. The younger generation of artists includes Ukrainian Oleg Dergatchov, Russian Leonid Tichkov, and Slovakians Dezider Toth, Roman Ondak, and Daniel Fischer. Fischer's installation Memento, 1995, comes from the exhibition Artists from Central and Eastern Europe organized by Barbara Luderovsky and Michael Oljynik, shown at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh.

Reed College will produce a catalogue for the exhibition, with three essays: by Fillin-Yeh, on the context for Samizdat art; Lencek on Samizdat writings; and Ondrizek on the artists in the exhibition. The catalogue will be available in the gallery.

A symposium on the politics and economics of East Central Europe will also open at Reed on February 6. This five-week event will focus on topics such as the fall of communism, privatization, and the redistribution of power, presented by eminent economists and political scientists. For more information, call 503/777-7755.