Symposium "Tales and Visions of Elena Guro: a Woman in the Russian avant-garde" April 21-22, 2017

The Amherst Center for Russian Culture hosted an international symposium on the work of avant-garde writer and artist Elena Guro (1877-1913), the first of its kind in the US.  The symposium took place on April 21-22, 2017 and included events at the Mead Art Museum and at the Center for Russian Culture (Webster Hall, 2nd floor). 

Elena Guro was the earliest of the “Russian Amazons,” the women who emerged as leading artists of the avant-garde in the pre-revolutionary period.  Guro also wrote experimental stories, poems and plays, making her the rare woman who contributed to the European avant-garde of the time.  

The opening event took place in the Rotherwas room of the Mead Art Museum on April 21.  During the reception, composer and musician John McDonald performed original piano pieces by Mikhail Matiushin, Guro’s husband and a leading figure in the Petersburg avant-garde.  The scores are rarities from the archives of the Russian Center and have never been performed together.

The symposium, “Tales and Visions of Elena Guro,” took place on Saturday, April 22 in the Russian Center and featured panels on her achievements in writing and art.  Find the complete program here.

The symposium is sponsored by the Lawrence '62 and Suzanne Weiss Fund of the Amherst Center for Russian Culture and Mead Art Museum.

VIDEO: Poetics of Elena Guro: Panel 1

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VIDEO: Guro and Avant-Garde Art: Panel 2

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VIDEO: Guro: Projections: Panel 3

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VIDEO: Poetry Reading

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