Revolution in Architecture, Art and Literature

Revolution in Architecture, Art and Literature — About

About Revolution in Architecture, Art and Literature

Program Overview

The work of architects, artists and writers was intertwined with political struggle throughout 20th Century Russia. This course will follow three forms of creative production — architecture, art, and literature — through the political revolutions that brought about the birth and death of Soviet Russia.  

Our study will begin in the final years of Tzarist Russia, continue through the life of the Soviet Union and conclude in present-day, 21st century capitalist Russia. We will travel through St. Petersburg, Moscow and the surrounding countryside where we will see important works by the Constructivists, Suprematists and others.

Optional free guided tours and talks at the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis will be available to registered students starting in February of 2017 to provide a broader foundation in the topics of the study abroad course. As such, early application and contact with the instructors is encouraged so that students are able to be invited to participate.

Program Dates

May 16 - June 2, 2017

Application Deadline

April 1, 2017

Course Description

ARCH 4150: 
This course will focus on Russian art, architecture and literature in relationship to political context. Students will visit historic sites and meet with experts. Other activities will include readings, group discussions, tutorials and exercises in writing and representation. Each student will develop a research project. Group projects will be encouraged.

ARCH 5450: 
This course will focus on Russian art, architecture and literature in relationship to political context. Students will visit historic sites and meet with experts. Other activities will include readings, group discussions, tutorials and exercises in writing and representation. Each student will develop a research project. Group projects will be encouraged.

Program Leaders

Andrea Johnson
Andrea Johnson is an architect and educator whose work focuses on relationships of text and visual arts with spatial practices. She earned her MArch from Columbia University and B.A. from Stanford University in Urban Studies and Poetry, and is currently Associate Director of the M.S.-Research Practices program. 

Daniel Clark
Dan Clark is an architect and founding partner of MAD, an architecture and design office. He has taught architecture for 12 years. His recent teaching and research have focused on the impact of political and economic forces on urbanization in Latin America. He holds an MArch from Harvard University.

Excursions

Site Visits to Significant 20th Century Architecture (Narkomfin, Tsentrosoyuz, and Melnikov buildings in Moscow)

Guided Talks at Museums and Cultural Sites (Tretyakov Gallery and Garage Museum in Moscow, the Russia Museum and Smolny Institute in St. Petersburg, and Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis)

Readings and Tours of the Homes and Sites of Writers and Poets (Anna Akmatova, Alexander Blok, and Alexander Pushkin in St. Petersburg, and Maxim Gorky, Leo Tolstoy, and Mikhail Bulgakov in Moscow)

Visits and Workshops at Art and Architecture Schools (Stieglitz Academy of Art and Design and State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in St. Petersburg, and the Strelka Institute in Moscow)

Office Visits of Contemporary Architects and Artists (Office of Alexander Brodsky in Moscow)

Housing & Meals

Students will stay in shared hotel rooms and apartments. Two group dinners are included.

Program Fee

The program fee is $3900. It includes tuition, registration fees, orientation, international health insurance, housing, some entrance fees and two group dinners. It does not include airfare, visas or daily expenses.

Cost of Participation

More Information 

Contact Andrea Johnson, andreajj@umn.edu or Dan Clark, clark138@umn.edu