Lectures, Films, and Performances

Lectures, Films, and Performances

Children’s Poetry by Soviet Nonconformist Poets
Saturday, February 22 / 4 to 7pm
4pm: Reading
5pm: Intro and Film Screening
6pm: Reception

Free and open to the public

In memory of famed Russian book illustrator and artist Vladimir Radunsky (1954–2018), a panel of writers, translators, and scholars presents readings (in the original and in translation) from and converse about the legacy of early 20th-century Russian children's books and illustrations, as well as their connection to the present. The conversation is moderated by translator and editor Matvei Yankelevich, and followed by a Q&A with the audience. In addition, there is a screening of a film by Yuri Leving about Radunsky's collaboration with poet and Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky. This event complements the Zimmerli exhibition A Celebration of the Children’s Books of Vladimir Radunsky

Panel Participants
Ilya Bernstein is a poet and translator. He has translated stories and poems for children by Daniil Kharms and Boris Zhitkov, and has written for children himself. He is the author of the poetry collection Attention & Man (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003). 

Olga Bukhina is a translator, writer, children’s books specialist, and independent scholar based in New York City. She has translated forty books from English into Russian: American, British, and Canadian young readers’ novels and picture books, as well as historical fiction, non-fiction, and scholarly books. Her book The Ugly Duckling, Harry Potter, and Others: A Guide to Children’s Books About Orphans was published in Moscow.

Ainsley Morse teaches at Dartmouth College and translates Russian and former Yugoslav literatures. Her research focuses on the literature and culture of the post-war Soviet period, particularly unofficial or "underground" poetry, as well as the avant-garde and children's literature. Her book Word Play: Experimental Poetry and Soviet Children’s Literature is forthcoming with Northwestern University Press.

Matvei Yankelevich's translations include Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Ardis/Overlook), and, with Eugene Ostashevsky, Alexander Vvedensky's An Invitation for Me to Think (NYRB Poets), which received a National Translation Award. He is the author of three books of poetry and is a member of the Ugly Duckling Presse editorial collective, where he has curated the Eastern European Poets Series since 2002. He teaches at Columbia University's School of the Arts and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

Film Director
Yuri Leving is Professor of Russian Studies and Film and a documentary filmmaker based in Halifax, Canada. He was a research fellow at Heidelberg University, the American Academy in Rome, and University of Helsinki. Leving is author of several monographs and has edited such volumes as the award-winning Lolita: The Story of a Cover Girl – Vladimir Nabokov’s Novel in Art and Design (2013). His latest film, The Roman Elegy of Joseph Brodsky, premiered in Russia last year.

Artist Talk by Saya Woolfalk
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Reception / 4pm
Talk / 4:30pm

Free and open to the public

All are invited to the Zimmerli Art Museum for a talk with multimedia artist Saya Woolfalk, invited by the Institute for Research on Women as part of the university’s yearlong engagement with artists working at the nexus of art and science.

Organized by the Institute for Research on Women and the Zimmerli Art Museum


Photos McKay Imaging Photography