Synopsis: exhibition of approximately 80 works is the is the first major solo exhibition in the United States devoted to the work of one of the most significant Soviet nonconformist artists, Leonid Sokov.
Start Time: Saturday, January 26, 2013 12:00 PM
End Time: Sunday, July 14, 2013 4:30 PM
Location: Voorhees Hall Incl Zimmerli Art Museum
Address: 71 Hamilton Street
Campus: College Avenue
City, State, Country: New Brunswick, NJ US
Fee: Free - $6
Sponsor: Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University
Category: Art
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Contact Phone: (848) 932-7237
Additional Information: Born in 1941 in the village of Mikjaliovo, Kalinin (now Tver) region, Leonid Sokov is one of the leading figures in Russian-American contemporary art today. Sokov began his career in the Soviet Union in the late 1960s during the cold war era and early on chose sculpture as his primary medium. He was among the artists who dared to object to restrictions on creative freedom imposed by the communist regime. These underground artistsócalled nonconformistsórenounced the government-prescribed, propagandistic style of Socialist Realism and pursued their individual styles of expression. Instead of producing flattering sculptures of communist leaders, Sokov captured everyday Soviet life and commented on it from the ironic point of view of ordinary people. He applied strategies developed in Sots Art to a broader cultural context, juxtaposing traditional images of Russian culture with popular cultural myths of both communist Russia and capitalist America. HOURS: Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 4:30pm. Saturday - Sunday, Noon to 5pm. First Wednesday of each month, 10am - 9pm. The museum is closed Mondays, major holidays, and the month of August. ADMISSION: Free for Rutgers students, faculty and staff (with ID), museum members, and children under 18; $6 for adults; $5 for adults 65 & over. Admission is free to all on the first Sunday of the month.