Kristen Harkness, PhD, a lecturer in art history at West Virginia University and an instructor in art history at the University of Pittsburgh, will present “From IdiomA to Pussy Riot: Women Artists in Russia from Glasnost to Today” on Tuesday, November 12, at 5:30 p.m. in the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. She will discuss the history of women artists’ practice from the questioning of Western feminism and art history of the late 1980s to the politicized discourse of Pussy Riot. This event is open to the public at no charge.
Harkness specializes in late-19th century Russian art, and her research interests include Mariia Iakunchikova, Elena Polenova, gender, and the role of nationalism in Russian art. She also has collaborated with contemporary Russian artists, producing the English translations for the catalog for the retrospective exhibition ŽEN d’ART: The History of Gender and Art in Post-Soviet Space (Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, 2010).