Event Title

Latvia Lately: Recent Contemporary Art and Its Institutions

Presentation Type

Presentation

Location

Richmond Center for Visual Arts - Room 2008

Start Date

24-3-2018 12:45 PM

End Date

24-3-2018 1:45 AM

Event Date

2018

Description

A quarter century beyond Soviet occupation, a significant portion of Latvia’s visual artists continue to reckon with a legacy of state-controlled expression while others seem utterly heedless of history — in many of the latter cases, a healthier attitude or behavior than one might ordinarily assume. Much the same can be observed among the Latvian institutional structures that facilitate art-making, promotion, exhibition and sales. Despite numerous indications of positive development, many players in the Latvian art world express extreme frustration with the current state of affairs. This presentation will canvas today’s range of artistic production, thematic trends, and its cultural supports that show most promise of exerting influence over the future direction of Latvian art.

Comments

Mark Svede teaches contemporary international cinema at Ohio State University and has numerous publications on Latvian modern and contemporary art including the monograph Art of the Baltics: The Struggle for Freedom of Expression under the Soviets, 1945-1991.

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Latvia Lately: Recent Contemporary Art and Its Institutions

Richmond Center for Visual Arts - Room 2008

A quarter century beyond Soviet occupation, a significant portion of Latvia’s visual artists continue to reckon with a legacy of state-controlled expression while others seem utterly heedless of history — in many of the latter cases, a healthier attitude or behavior than one might ordinarily assume. Much the same can be observed among the Latvian institutional structures that facilitate art-making, promotion, exhibition and sales. Despite numerous indications of positive development, many players in the Latvian art world express extreme frustration with the current state of affairs. This presentation will canvas today’s range of artistic production, thematic trends, and its cultural supports that show most promise of exerting influence over the future direction of Latvian art.