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MCCC Professor Yevgeniy Fiks’ Four-Year Cold War Exhibition Project on Display at Cooper Union through Nov. 7

10/8/14


West Windsor, N.J. – Yevgeniy Fiks, Professor of Visual Arts at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), is seeing the fruition of a consuming four-year art project this month in New York City.  “Monument to Cold War Victory,” Fiks’ conceptual project and group exhibition organized with curator and art historian Stamatina Gregory, is currently on display at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art through Nov. 7. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The Soviet-born Fiks, an artist who has used the Cold War extensively as a theme in his own portrait-painting, explains that the Cold War, the longest political conflict of the Twentieth Century, has no public commemoration in the United States.  He notes that recent geopolitical events, including the unfolding military conflict in Eastern Ukraine, the Edward Snowden affair, LGBT rights in Russia, and the civil war in Syria, reveal the legacy of the Cold War as unstable and unresolved. 

“By invoking enduring images from that period, this project invites a provocative re-engagement with Cold War history and its continued impact,” Fiks said.

In November 2012, Fiks and Gregory issued an international call for proposals for public commemorative artwork inspired by and related to the Cold War and its aftermath.  A jury composed of Susan Buck-Morss, Boris Groys, Vitaly Komar, Viktor Misiano, and NatoThompson considered nearly 200 submissions and selected 17 finalists.

Professor of Visual Arts Yevgeniy Fiks

 

The artists, from the United States, Europe and former Soviet republics, and Latin America, are diverse in their formal and conceptual strategies, their approach to material and ideological history, and their take on monumentality.  Collectively, they use the conceptual form of the public commission as a potent form of political imaginary.

Featured artists are Yuri Avvakumov, Aziz + Cucher, Kim Beck, Constantin Boym, Camel Collective (Anthony Graves and Carla Herrera-Prats), Sasha Chavchavadze, Christoph Draeger, Deyson Gilbert, Francis Hunger, The National Toxic Land/Labor Conservation Service, Szabolcs KissPál, Angelo Plessas, Lisi Raskin, Dread Scott, Dolsy & Kant Smith, Michael Wang, and Société Réaliste.

The Cooper Union Gallery is located at 41 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003. For more information, including events associated with the exhibit, visit the Cooper Union website here.

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