The Soviet Arts Experience in Chicago

Posted filed underPropaganda, Russia, Shows.


In one of the largest collaborative artistic efforts across Chicago, twenty-six of the city’s prominent arts institutions joined together to present The Soviet Arts Experience, a 16-month-long showcase of works by artists who created under (and in response to) the Politburo of the Soviet Union.

From the poignant string quartets and symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich to stunning, hand-painted WWII propaganda posters, and from the grand orchestral and ballet music of Sergei Prokofiev to the political satire of Evgeny Shvarts, The Soviet Arts Experience will take patrons behind the Iron Curtain to explore its essence through the creative work of its visual artists, choreographers, composers, and dramatists.

The Soviet Arts Experience is spearheaded by the University of Chicago Presents (UCP), the University’s professional presenting organization. The Soviet Arts Experience sponsors include The University of Chicago, The University of Chicago Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, and The Women’s Board of the University of Chicago.

Short Essay by Robert Bird: The Arts in the USSR

Poemless, an excellent little blog about Russia and Chicago with many links, has a short overview of the Soviet Art Experience

Chicago Society Talk with Dr. Robert Bird, Amy Briggs and Masumi Rostad