PANEL DISCUSSION & RECEPTION: Suprematism, UNOVIS and Lazar Khidekel

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
6 pm - 7:30 pm (panel); 7:30 pm (reception)
918 IAB (panel); Harriman Atrium (reception)
Please join the Harriman Institute and the Russian-American Cultural Center (RACC) for a panel discussion and reception to celebrate our exhibit, “Suprematism, UNOVIS and Lazar Khidekel,” and commemorate 100 years of Suprematism, 95 years of UNOVIS (Affirmers of the New Art) and the 110th Anniversary of the birth of Lazar Khidekel (1904-1986), the Suprematist artist, visionary architect, pioneer of environmentalism and founding member of the UNOVIS group. (The reception will take place in the exhibition space after the discussion: Harriman Atrium, 12th floor, IAB). 
 
Moderated by Dr. Regina Khidekel, the discussion will explore the various aspects of Suprematism including the UNOVIS educational system, as well as Suprematist painting and its development in the works of the younger UNOVIS generation. It will also examine Lazar Khidekel's Suprematist painting, his role in the transition of Suprematism from a 2-dimensional artform to a movement that found its expression in real life, visible today in architecture, the processes of urbanization, and the futuristic yet environmentally conscious city planning from that period. 
 
Lazar Khidekel worked closely with Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich in Vitebsk from 1918 to 1922, where he became an important proponent and theoretician of Suprematism and a founding member of the UNOVIS group (Affirmers of New Art), which included other notable artists such as El Lissitzky, Nina Kogan, Vera Ermolaeva, Ilya Chashnik, and Nikolai Suetin.
 
Panel Participants:
 
Dr. Regina Khidekel, curator and president of the Lazar Khidekel Society, director of the Russian-American Cultural Center in New York - York (RACC).
 
Anna Bokov, Ph.D. Candidate, Yale University.
 
Dr. Masha ChlenovaDr Masha Chlenova is an art historian and curator specializing in 20th century art with a focus on Russian avant-garde.
 
Dr Xenia Vytuleva, adjunct assistant professor at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation Columbia University.