Columbia University in the City of New York

Harriman Institute

Black-and-white headshot of Grisha Bruskin.



Subject to Arrest: Portraits of Russian Artists: 1984-1995

Curated by Regina Khidekel

Peggy Jarrell Kaplan will exhibit portraits of Russian artists who, by the act of artistic creation, were subject to persecution under the Soviet regime. Portrait subjects include Komar & Melamid, Ilya Kabakov, Eric Bulatov, Vadim Zakharov, Sergei Bugaev (Afrika), Timur Novikov, Brodsky & Utkin, the Peppers and other leading Russian nonconformist conceptual artists. Comprised of artists from Moscow, Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), and émigré artists in New York who continued to explore Russian themes, the group represents three generations. The exhibition is a record of that time and captures a commonality of spirit that reflects the era in which they were taken. Interviews, collaborative projects with the artists, and background information will also be included.

Concurrent to this exhibition, Kaplan will have a one person exhibition of her portraits of choreographers at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, in New York, from November 18 to December 22.

Kaplan’s portraits of Russian artists have accompanied exhibitions of Soviet artists at several universities. Her collection of contemporary choreographers who explore new dance has been exhibited in festivals in England, France, Sweden, Canada, Germany, and Russia. Her work was included in performances by Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. Solo exhibitions have been mounted at the Pompidou Center in Paris and at the Lincoln Center Museum of the Performing Arts, Goethe Institute, and The French Institute in New York. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum. Her portraits of Andy Warhol, John Cage, and Joseph Beuys have been widely reproduced.

SUBJECT TO ARREST is made possible in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.