The Ironic Curtain: Art from the Soviet Underground
The Ironic Curtain: Art from the Soviet Underground features artists who worked under political repression in the decades just before the fall of the Soviet Union, often making “official” art by day and their own experimental art in secret. The results are wild and darkly witty, with symbols of the Soviet government used to parody its power rather than to celebrate it. Sots Art, a Soviet version of Pop Art, is well represented in this exhibition among paintings, sculpture, prints, and photography by nearly three dozen artists, including the artist duo Komar and Melamid, Ilya Kabakov, Alexander Kosolapov, Oleg Vassiliev, and Leonid Sokov. Having been officially repressed or relatively contained to émigré centers such as New York City, many of these works are little known, and some works in the exhibition are being shown in the United States for the first time. The CMA has organized this exhibition from the premier Neil K. Rector Collection to create this rare opportunity. On view July 3–September 12, 2021.
- Opening Celebration
- ArtBreak: Journalism and Fake News
- Outdoor Film Screening: White Nights
- Tour and Tasting Notes from the Underground
- CMA Underground
- Rasputin’ on the Ritz: A Subversive Gallery Tour