Lectures, Films, and Performances

Lectures, Films, and Performances


The Trees Elude Us: Russian / Soviet Modernity and What Happens with Nature
Dr. Jane Coslow, Clark A. Griffith Professor of Environmental Studies at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
Thursday, April 20 / 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Free and open to the public

The Trees Elude Us explores some of the ways in which Russian artists and writers have responded to modernity and its impacts on the natural world – and on human relations to the more-than-human. Cognizant of what Varlam Shalamov called “the hurried, predatory leap” of Soviet modernization, Dr. Costlow offers some reflections on how creative imagination has worked as witness, celebrant and fierce protectress of a nature that is always more than mere resource for human needs.

This program is offered in conjunction with A Vibrant Field: Nature and Landscape in Soviet Nonconformist Art, 1970s-1980s.


Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association
Friday, April 21 / 6 to 8 pm
Free and open to the public

The public is invited to a free reception and performances on April 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., to learn more about a collaboration between Mason Gross School of the Arts and the Zimmerli that provides a window into the working process of American contemporary artist Kara Walker and a cohort of Rutgers students in an ongoing project – Memory, Memorials, and Monuments – that explores the history of the United States as a slave-owning nation and the shadows that it continues to cast over the 21st century.

During the recent spring break, the group embarked on a pilgrimage to Walker’s ancestral home, Georgia, visiting charged sites in an investigation of stories and spaces that define the American South and its impact across the nation. Immediately on their return, the group mounted their response—an immersive installation entitled Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association. Their organic and visceral documentation resulted in soundscapes, videos, photographs, spontaneous drawings, and mixed media assemblages that act as both a living memorial and a cabinet of curiosities, incorporating found objects, ephemera, and personal observations from visits to local residences, historic sites, government offices, and cemeteries.

The Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association installation provides a space for voices and stories that would have remained absent as the group attempts to “contribute to a more expansive and inclusive patchwork quilt of the Old and New Souths.”

Photos McKay Imaging Photography