Pleshkas of Russian Art/ Queering Russian Art History

Pleshkas of Russian Art/ Queering Russian Art History is an art historical research project that will result in a publication to challenge the commonly-accepted heteronormative narrative of Russian art history. Pleshkas of Russian Art/Queering Russian Art History provides a platform for new scholarship on the connections between Russian art history to date and LGBTQ studies.

In Russian gay argot, “pleshka” is a cruising ground. If Russian art history can be seen as “closeted,” where the only queer presence is clandestine, how do we transform this into a site for visibility and voice? This project conceives of Russian art history as a gay cruising ground – pleshkas of Russian art history – and suggests a need for a rigorous project of re-reading Russian art history in order to write a more inclusive narrative.

Art historians are invited to submit papers on any aspect of queering the history of Russian art. The organizers are especially interested in reevaluating the narratives of the historical Russian Avant-garde, Socialist Realism, as well as post-War and post-Soviet art.

Papers should be 2500-5000 words in length and submitted via e-mail along with a CV or to kcarl@gc.cuny.edu.

Pleshkas of Russian Art /Queering Russian Art History is organized by artist Yevgeniy Fiks and Katherine Carl, The Graduate Center, CUNY.

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