GradImpact: Highlighting the Importance of Art in Repressive Societies

    Anna Rogulina, a doctoral candidate in Art History at Rutgers University, moved to the U.S. from Russia when she was ten. As an undergraduate at Vassar College, she developed an interest in art history and Russian studies. After graduation and time working as an assistant curator, Rogulina realized a graduate degree would help her achieve her long-term professional goals.


    Recently, Rogulina curated an acclaimed art exhibition, A Vibrant Field: Nature and Landscape in Soviet Nonconformist Art, 1970s-1980s, drawing from the renowned Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, currently housed at Rutgers’ Zimmerli Art Museum. Rogulina aimed to, “shed new light on the work of artists who risked their livelihoods and, in some cases, their lives in challenging the limits set on artistic expression by the Soviet Union.”


    Rogulina’s project highlights the importance of art in repressive societies. “These artists and their communities relied on this work for their survival—and their sanity,” Rogulina says. “It really made me reflect on the social experience created through the arts and how it sustains these networks and communities.” To learn more about Anna’s work, visit the Rutgers University website.


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    **Photo Credit: Peter Jacobs




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