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Pamela Kachurin, Visting Assistant Professor

Pamela Kachurin
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Office Location:  316
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2224
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Russian and Soviet Art
Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Young Ji Lee
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. P.J. Kachurin. "Making Modernism Soviet: The Avant Garde in the Early Soviet Era 1918-1928."  Northwestern University Press, 2013 Release Date: Oct. 31, 2013  [abs]
  2. P.J. Kachurin. ""Working (for) the State: Vladimir Tatlin's career in early Soviet Russia and the origins of "The Monument to the Third International".."  JHU, January, 2012
  3. P.J. Kachurin. Malevich as Soviet Bureaucrat: GINKhUK and the Survival of the Avant Garde 1921-1926. Rethinking Malevich. The Pindar Press, December, 2007
  4. P.J. Kachurin. "Designing the Modern Utopia: Soviet Textiles from the Lloyd Cotsen Collection."  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2006
  5. PJ Kachurin. "“After the Deluge: Russian Ark and the (Ab)uses of Russian History."  August, 2003
Book Description Making Modernism Soviet provides a new understanding of the ideological engagement of Russian modern artists such as Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko, and Vera Ermolaeva with the political and social agenda of the Bolsheviks in the chaotic years immediately following the Russian Revolution. Focusing on the relationship between power brokers and cultural institutions under conditions of state patronage, Pamela Kachurin lays to rest the myth of the imposition of control from above upon a victimized artistic community. Drawing on extensive archival research, she shows that Russian modernists used their positions within the expanding Soviet arts bureaucracy to build up networks of like-minded colleagues. Their commitment to one another and to the task of creating a socially transformative visual language for the new Soviet context allowed them to produce some of their most famous works of art. But it also contributed to the "Sovietization" of the art world that eventually sealed their fate.

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