Curator’s Perspective “Broken Promises: Soviet Photography in the Age of Stalin”
Presented at the Frist Art Museum on March 11, 2016 by Susan Tumarkin Goodman, Senior Curator Emerita at the Jewish Museum
Soviet photographs have played a pivotal role in the history of photography. Covering the period from the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution through the 1930s, this lecture examines how photography and film were harnessed to disseminate Communist ideology. Goodman explores how early avant-garde aesthetics influenced a new Soviet style, as well as the innovations of early Soviet lens-based art during a time of profound social transformation. The lecture includes striking images by master photographers and filmmakers used as powerful propaganda tools in the new Soviet Union.