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Constructivism and the Delimitation of Context

 September 20 - 21, 2002

This colloquium, organized and convened by professor Maria Gough of the University of Michigan, and hosted by Michael Ann Holly, director of the Clark’s Research and Academic Program; Mariët Westermann, director, Institute of Fine Arts; and Darby English, assistant director of Research and Academic Department, sought to reopen the question of Russian Constructivism's international reach in the wake of the many documents found in the archives after the demise of the Soviet Union. In traditional scholarship, Constructivism has been seen as a particularly Russian phenomenon with few ties to modern art produced elsewhere. Recent research has allowed critical reconsideration of Constructivism's significance for modern art produced in other countries and later periods.

Participants included: Leah Dickerman (National Gallery of Art), Hal Foster (Princeton University), Christina Kiaer (Columbia University), Esther Levinger (University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel), Christina Lodder (University of St. Andrew’s), Peter Nisbet (Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University), Jane A. Sharp (Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey), and Margarita Tupitsyn.