Slavs and Tatars (founded 2006) is a collective whose installations, performance lectures, publications, and artist’s multiples reflect upon intercultural relations and the perceived differences between Western cultures and the Eastern world. Pursuing an unconventional research-based practice, the group identifies the “area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia” as their point of reference, and with much wit and wordplay, their projects address the transmission and hybridization of traditions, politics, and language within in the region. For Projects 98, Slavs and Tatars build upon a recent cycle of works which examines the concept of the anti-modern and will realize a new installation titled Beyonsense, which takes its name from a translation of zaum—the Futurist experiments with transrational language and poetry. The collective’s first solo museum presentation in the United States, Beyonsense will feature a reading room populated by a number of Slavs and Tatars’ text-based objects and printed editions, transforming the gallery into a space for reflection and pause to contemplate the mystical and affective sides of modernism.
Organized by Gretchen L. Wagner, Sue and Eugene Mercy, Jr., Assistant Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books.
The Elaine Dannheisser Projects Series is made possible in part by The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.
Additional generous support for this exhibition is provided by the Sharjah Art Foundation.
PopRally Presents: BEYONSENSE: An Evening with Dr. John Perry, Hosted by Slavs and Tatars
Join PopRally as we celebrate Projects 98: Slavs and Tatars with an introduction to Beyonsense, an installation created especially for the exhibition by the artist collective Slavs and Tatars. The artists are joined by Dr. John Perry, a renowned expert on Persian linguistics and language history and the cultural history of Iran and the Middle East, for a presentation on the pre-modern migration of myths and memes involving birds from India and Iran to Europe and beyond, where they invaded genres from mystical poetry and moral homilies to dirty jokes and Monty Python. Following the presentation guests will enjoy a reception featuring music by Tiffany Malakooti (Bidoun) and have exclusive access to MoMA’s contemporary galleries, including Projects 98: Slavs and Tatars.
Slavs and Tatars' installations, performance lectures, publications, and artist’s multiples reflect upon intercultural relations and the perceived differences between Slavs, Caucasians and Central Asians. For Projects 98, the collective’s first solo museum presentation in the United States, Slavs and Tatars have realized a new installation titled Beyonsense, which takes its name from a translation of zaum—Russian Futurist experiments with transrational language and poetry.
Dr. John Perry’s early research focused on the history of 18th-century Iran and adjacent regions. He currently concentrates on the history of the Persian language, and in particular the incorporation of Arabic vocabulary into Persian and its dissemination into other languages of the region. Other interests include Iranian folklore and vernacular culture, and the language and cultural history of Tajikistan.
Conversation begins promptly at 8:30 p.m., with reception following.
Attendees of this event will receive a limited-edition print by Slavs and Tatars.
Admission includes conversation, exhibition viewing, and cocktail reception.
PopRally is supported in part by The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art.
Special Thanks to Sud de France Wines: Château de Jau, Arrogant Frog, and Domaine de Vénus. Beer for this event has been provided by Brooklyn Brewery. Vodka for this event has been provided by Russian Standard Vodka.
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