Opening-Day Programs: Multiple Realities: Experimental Art in the Eastern Bloc, 1960s–1980s
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Opening-Day Programs: Multiple Realities: Experimental Art in the Eastern Bloc, 1960s–1980s

In celebration of the opening of Multiple Realities: Experimental Art in the Eastern Bloc, 1960s–1980s, join us for a panel discussion between exhibition curator Pavel Pyś, Polish performance artist Ania Nowak, and Slovenian filmmaker Jasmina Cibic. Each will discuss how the exhibition’s time period has impacted their artistic and curatorial approaches, particularly in engaging past narratives in the present.

Following the talks, and taking place over the course of the day, poetic disruptions in the form of surprising impromptu performances by Ľubomír Ďurček, Roman Ondak, and Mladen Stilinović will pop up throughout the museum, expanding the exhibition beyond the gallery walls and into public space.

This program will have ASL interpretation.

Pop-up performances will take place between 2–5 pm throughout the museum. Performers may engage (but not touch) visitors in some performances. Visitors who prefer not to participate may exit the space.

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London-based artist and filmmaker Jasmina Cibic represented Slovenia at the 55th Venice Biennial. Her solo exhibitions include MAC Lyon, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Museum Sztuki Łódź, MSUM Ljubljana, CCA Glasgow, Phi Foundation Montreal, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, MSU Zagreb, MOCA Belgrade, and Ludwig Museum Budapest. Cibic was the winner of the MAC International Ulster Bank and Charlottenborg Fonden awards (2016), the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image Award (2020), and the Film London Jarman Award (2021).

Ania Nowak (Poland, b. 1983) approaches vulnerability and desire as ways toward reimagining what bodies and language can and cannot do. Nowak develops formats such as live and video performance, installation, and text. In their practice, the artist engages with bodies in their nonlinear feeling and thinking capacity to tackle the difficulties of companionship and care in times of perpetual crisis. Nowak’s work attempts to reimagine the notions of disorder, pleasure, disease, intimacy, pain, sexuality, class, and accessibility as sites of binary-free living. The artist collaborates with alternative educational programs in Eastern Europe, such as Kem School in Warsaw and the School of Kindness in Sofia. The artist recently a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, and their works have been presented at Berlinische Galerie, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Akademie der Künste and KW, Berlin; Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki; La Casa Encendida, Madrid; 14th Baltic Triennial, Vilnius; and the 12th Gothenburg Biennial.

  • Multiple Realities: Experimental Art in the Eastern Bloc, 1960s–1980s is organized by the Walker Art Center. Major support is provided by Martha and Bruce Atwater. Additional support is provided by Carlo Bronzini Vender, James Cahn and Jeremiah Collatz, Charlotte Feng Ford, Martha Gabbert, Karen and Ken Heithoff, John L. Thomson, the Weiser Family Foundation, and Anonymous. Exhibition research was supported by a curatorial fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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    The exhibition catalogue is generously supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Walker Art Center publications.

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