In Moscow on May 30-June 1, 2011, an International Conference entitled “University Art Museums of Russia, Europe, America: History, Modernity, Educational Practices” will take place at the Russian State University for the Humanities.

 

Information letter

 

Respected Colleagues!

 

We invite you to participate in the International Conference “University Art Museums of Russia, Europe, and America: History, Modernity, and Educational Practices,” which is being hosted by the Russian State University for the Humanities and the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.

 

The conference is dedicated to the centennial of the opening of the main building of the Moscow City People’s University named after A.L. Shanyavsky and the centennial of the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts (1912). Both of these events had a significant impact on the fate of the RSUH in a literal sense: the current university is located in the classrooms of Shanyavsky University as is a sizeable part of the collection of casts from the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, assembled by its founder I.V. Tsvetaev and incorporated into an educational art museum bearing his name (1997). The founding of this academic museum structure in the RSUH became a part of the university’s educational strategic development under the name “Education through Art.”

 

University museums dedicated to the history of art (art educational museums) exist throughout the world in many forms, but together they comprise a common educational resource for introducing young people to the heritage of world art. The main peculiarity of university art museums lies in the special selection of the material and its presentation. Their fundamental task is to remain a “real” museum, and to present to students and the wider public the language of great art.

 

It is obvious that each university chooses its own path, its own educational strategy, and we invite you to share your achievements and to discuss common problems at the conference “University Art Museums of Russia, Europe, and America: History, Modernity, and Educational Practices” in Moscow on May 30-June 1, 2011.

 

Applications for participation in the conference and paper proposals should be sent via email to the Conference Organizing Committee (univer.museum@gmail.com) by April 10, 2011.  Official confirmation of accepted papers and inclusion in the conference program will be sent before April 20, 2011 to the email address provided in the application.

 

There is no registration fee.

 

Travel and accommodations will be at the expense of the participant.

 

The RSUH Department of International Relations will provide visa support to foreign conference participants, if necessary.

 

 

Conference Organizing Committee