Russian modernism: the Silver Age

Course Dates: 17/04/21 - 08/05/21
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
Location: Online
From the 1890s to 1917, as Russia hurtled towards the Revolution, it experienced an incredible flowering of culture that came to be known as the Silver Age. Explore its art, poetry, film, dance, music, and literature.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: VB552

Finished Sat, day, 17 Apr - 08 May '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Study the art of the Symbolists, Kandinsky, Art Nouveau neo-nationalist painter Mikhail Vrubel, the Blue Rose group, the Futurists, Malevich and suprematism. Trace Diaghilev's career – his role in establishing the World of Art group and his subsequent international projects - exhibitions he curated and, of course, the Ballets Russes with designs by Leon Bakst, Benois, Natalya Goncharova, Nicholas Roerich, Matisse, and Picasso – and how his ballets intersected with the music of composers like Stravinsky. Discover the groundbreaking poetry of Anna Ahkmatova, Alexander Blok, Osip Mandelshtam, and other writers, and the legacy of the Silver Age.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• The main Russian avant-garde art movements 1890-1917
• The major Russian Silver Age poets
• Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and its legacy.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

By the end of this course you should be able to:
• Identify at least 5 key artworks and their makers from the main avant-garde art movements 1890-1917
• Describe at least 3 of the innovations of key Russian Silver Age poets
• Discuss the art of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and its legacy.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught online with slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list provided.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

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• VB856 - A day of: 20th-century fashion
• VB304 - Art in the 1920s and 1930s: Western art between the war.

Marie-Anne Mancio

Dr Marie-Anne Mancio trained as an artist before gaining a D.Phil. from the University of Sussex for her thesis ‘Maps for Wayward Performers: feminist readings of contemporary live art practice in Britain’. She is an accredited NADFAS lecturer and has lectured on art, architecture, and cultural studies for Tate Modern, The Course, Art in London, London Art Studies, and the London Art Salon. She is an accredited Art Society lecturer. Fluent in Italian and French, she lectures on City Lit’s art history study trips abroad. She has led trips to Venice, Florence, Rome, Perugia, Assisi, Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, and St. Petersburg. Since attaining an MPhil (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, her art practice has become primarily text-based, including a novel about four migrant women in antebellum America: ‘Whorticulture’.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.