Thursday, April 13th, SGIS 4067 3:00pm
Sofia Davydova (1841-1915) is renowned for her efforts at collecting, studying, and exhibiting lace produced in the Russian empire, but how did this material and ethnographic enterprise arise? What were her contributions to actual lacemaking and other related enterprises? Her myriad lace endeavours provides the perfect case study for analyzing how material culture and women’s lives intersected in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Imperial Russia.
Andrea Rusnock is Associate Professor of Art History and Women’s / Gender Studies at Indiana University, South Bend. A specialist of Russian and Soviet art, she is the author of Socialist Realist Painting during the Stalinist Era, 1934-1941: the High Art of Mass Art (Edwin Mellen, 2010).