Gender Check: A Reader – Art and Theory in Eastern Europe. Book Launch, Talk, Symposium

Book Launch & Talk:  Gender Check: A Reader – Art and Theory in Eastern Europe
Friday, 19 November 2010, 7 pm
MUMOK, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna

Editor’s statement: Bojana Peji?
Comments and discussion: Angela Dimitrakaki, Johanna Schaffer

This anthology is the first representative collection of essays investigating gender issues in social, cultural, and artistic contexts in Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. The authors reveal how social and cultural developments and political ideologies affect the construction of gender identities in visual art produced before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The reader is part of the research and exhibition project Gender Check, which was initiated and supported by ERSTE Foundation and realised in collaboration with the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (MUMOK), Vienna. The exhibition Gender Check: Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe was shown at MUMOK, Vienna, in 2009-2010 and Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, in 2010.

Gender Check: A Reader – Art and Theory in Eastern Europe
Edited by Bojana Peji?, ERSTE Foundation, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, 2010
English, ca. 400 pages, 38 b/w illustrations, 25.00 euros

Symposium: Gender Check – Narratives and Exhibition Practices
Saturday, 20 November 2010, 12 noon – 7:30 pm, MUMOK

Topics on the agenda will be the experiences and outcomes of the research project Gender Check, as well as the reception the exhibition received from the public and the media. To this end, exhibitions of a similar nature at international level will be examined in order to compare the various curatorial approaches and their implementation, as well as the exhibitions’ impact on the public. The objective is to develop new perspectives for Gender studies in the field of art.

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