Marianne Smith Memorial Lecture. Sweet Ideology of Soviet Space Dogs during Cold War

Marianne Smith Memorial Lecture. Sweet Ideology of Soviet Space Dogs during Cold War 

Image: Soviet Union space dog postage stamp

The Marianne Smith Memorial Lecture features Dr. Olesya Turkina, Senior Research Fellow at the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.  

Dr. Turkina’s talk will discuss the intermingling of science and ideology surrounding the dogs used in the Soviet Space Program and its impact on Soviet domestic policies during the Cold War. She will explore the different ways the space dogs were used in propaganda artifacts, including postcards, stamps, and even cigarette boxes. Additionally, she will compare public reception of art related to the Soviet space program during the time it was created (1960s-80s) and how it is perceived now.

Curator and critic, Dr. Turkina co-created Russia’s first feminist exhibitions after 1989. She has worked on numerous exhibitions, including MIR: Made in the XX Century at the Russian Pavilion at the 48th Venice Biennale, 1999, and contributed to numerous publications such as ICE CREAM. 10 contemporary curators. 100 contemporary artists. 10 source artists (2007) and Gendered Art History in the Post-Soviet Space (2010). She teaches at the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St Petersburg State University. 

Reception at 6:30 pm; talk 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Museum doors open at 6:20 pm.

Admission in advance:  Free for Bruce members and students (with valid ID), $15 for nonmembers. Be sure to sign in above to receive your member discount. (Discount taken after item is added to cart.)
At the door:  $10 members, $25 nonmembers.

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