The Ironic Curtain: Art from the Soviet Underground, curated by Catherine Walworth, runs from 3 July to 12 September at the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC.
The Ironic Curtain features artists and photographers who worked under political repression in the decades just before the fall of the Soviet Union, often making “official” art by day and their own experimental art in secret. The results are wild and darkly witty, with symbols of the Soviet government used to parody its power rather than to celebrate it. Having been officially repressed or relatively contained to émigré centers such as New York City, many of these works are little known, and some works in the exhibition are being shown in the United States for the first time. The CMA has organized this exhibition from the premier Neil K. Rector Collection to create this rare opportunity.