Presented on the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, this exhibition immerses visitors in the distinct textures and speeds of everyday life that arose—and have lingered stubbornly—in the wake of revolutionary upheaval.
Revolution Every Day juxtaposes works of Soviet graphic art, primarily posters from the 1920s and 1930s, many by female artists, including Valentina Kulagina, with works on video and film, including excerpts from Dziga Vertov’s documentary films from the 1930s, post-Soviet videos by Olga Chernysheva, as well as new commissions by contemporary artists. Focused on the experiences of women under (and after) communism, these works involve viewers in visual and aural conversations concerning the temporality of the everyday, revealing how socialist labor involves feats of endurance and patience as much as heroic action.
In its innovative exhibition design and distinct approach to its subject, Revolution Every Day, much like the Smart’s 2011 exhibition Vision and Communism, undermines our readymade responses to the Russian Revolution and makes it possible for Western audiences to experience Soviet visual art anew.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website