Founded in 2006 by a motley crew of assertively intellectual, generally international, and multilingual artists, the razor-sharp, intimidatingly clever collective Slavs and Tatars is known for layered performance and lecture events that are somehow scholarly, snarky, witty, and illuminating all at once. With a dizzying range of interests and influences (these include, but are not limited to, Hebrew script, fermented mare’s milk, Cold War history, and the Beach Boys), the Slavs and Tatars are particularly keen observers of the distances and dynamics betwixt, between, and within the East and West.
Tonight, the Guggenheim Museum’s Middle Eastern Circle presents “An Evening with Slavs and Tatars,” premiering “I Utter Other” (2014-), a lecture-length performance that examines the enduring legacy of Edward Said’s game-changing 1978 treatise Orientalism against the Russian and Soviet context. Informed by the collective’s ongoing concern with the Berlin Wall and the Great Wall of China — and what they tell us about communications, boundaries, and memories — the evening promises to be an original, thought-provoking, and stimulating reminder of William Faulkner’s maxim: “The past isn’t dead. It’s not even past.”
When: November 1, 2017, 6:30pm
Where: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1071 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
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