May 19th 2010

Ilya Kabakov‘s narrative, collaborative, and performative works, developed over thirty years in Moscow at the height of the Cold War, both presaged and influenced the work of many younger artists today. Throughout his career, he has created ambitious multi-disciplinary works that serve as monuments to history and memory, including a wide range of graphic books, paintings, drawings, installations, public projects, stage sets, costumes, theoretical texts, and extensive memoirs.

His wife and collaborator Emilia Kabakov and University of Chicago art historian Matthew Jesse Jackson join him in this talk to reflect on past projects and their place within contemporary art. A Russian-American conceptual artist of Jewish origin, Ilya Kabakov was born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. He left the Soviet Union in 1987 and two years later began collaborating with Emilia. The two now live and work in Long Island.

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