The talk will explore the preoccupation with the idea of Cosmism that is widespread in early Russian modernism. Connections are drawn between the principal catalysts in this exploration, engineer and theorist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935), whose thought is regarded as instrumental to the development of the Soviet space program, and Polish-Ukrainian Kasimir Malevich (1878-1935), avant-garde artist and thinker behind Suprematism and the development of abstract painting.
About the Speaker: David Brauer is the former head of the History of Art Department of the Glassell School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and in Houston has taught at University of Houston and Rice Univeristy, as well as the Women’s Institute of Houston. He has curated numerous exhibitions and has contributed catalogue essays for major exhibitions in Houston, London, and Germany. Prior to moving to Houston, he worked at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, and taught at North Oxfordshire College of Art and Technology. He has traveled extensively in Europe, Russia, Turkey and North Africa.