In its first iteration, the moveable feast and traveling exhibition ‘The Wayland Rudd Collection,’ which ‘focuses on the representation of Africans and African-Americans in Soviet visual culture,’ has achieved unexpected synergy. The show is not a collaboration or curated in the usual sense, but rather was instigated and steered with a light touch by the Moscow-born New York artist Yevgeniy Fiks, who has been amassing and organizing the eponymous collection of ephemera, film clips and imagery for 3 years. At Fiks' invitation, this small group of artists and historians have been meeting sporadically on the Lower East Side for the past year and a half, to share ideas for possible projects pertaining to this massive archive, usually over cheese cubes, hummus, beer, and vodka offered by their generous host. Premiering last night at Winkleman Gallery, The Wayland Rudd Collection includes 14 artists working in a variety of media, and hailing from different nations, some based in NY and others Skyping in from Florida, Sweden, and Moscow during the course of the discussions….
Up through February 15: http://www.winkleman.com/exhibitions/1489/images/55011