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F16A2 The Russian Silver Age 1890-1920

Described as a Russian Renaissance, the Russian Silver Age, from the early 1890's until the 1920's, witnessed an explosion of creativity in literature, theater, painting, music, and dance. Artists from many disciplines, including Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Diaghilev, Nijinsky, Balanchine, Akhmatova, Kandinsky, Stanislavsky and Mayakovsky, challenged the traditional rules for their art. They would thrill, shock, and outrage the cultural elite of Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as Paris, London, and New York. Russia experienced war and revolutions during these years, which led many artists to emigrate and take their creative talents to Europe and the United States where they have had lasting influences. We will discuss the Silver Age writers, artists, and musicians as well as their collaboration and their impact on modern art. We will also view photos of their paintings and videos of the dances created by The Ballets Russes.

Instructor: Professor Emerita Louise Loe has taught in the JMU History Department for over 40 years. Her areas of specialty include Russian History, European History, and Modern Human Rights.

Suggested Reading: Moscow and St. Petersburg 1900-1920: Art, Literature & Culture of the Russian Silver Age, John Bowlt, (Vendome Press, 2008).


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Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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