“The Russian Avant-Garde Goes Underground”

On Saturday, April 20, the Poets House hosted a panel discussion on the Russian Avant-Garde, co-sponsored by the Jordan Center. The panel consisted of Anthony Anemone, Polina Barskova, Ainsley Morse, Eugene Ostashevsky, Peter Scotto, Bela Shayevich, and Matvei Yankelevich, who all gave very interesting accounts of the works and philosophical thinking of Daniil Kharms, Vsevolod Nekrasov, Alexander Vvedensky, and other figures of the Russian avant-garde. Ranging from topics such as authorship, conceptualism, the challenges of translating, and objectification of language, the colloquium offered diverse and knowledgeable presentations to both academic experts and to those yet uninitiated into the absurd world of the Russian avant-garde.

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Remembering Arkadii Dragomoshchenko

Maddie Alpert is currently studying Media, Culture and Communication at NYU.

“Time Marvelously Lies”

Last Friday, the Jordan Center had the honor of collaborating with the The Ugly Duckling Presse and NYU’s Eugene Ostashevskii in holding an event for the late Arkadii Dragomoshchenko. Arkadii, an experimental poet, essayist, and translator was not only known for his writing but also his compassion, and, as illustrated by Mikhail Iossel, his courage. Influential within both Russian and American contemporary literature, his death has been felt on a global scale.

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