Socialist Exhibition Cultures—International Workshop

November 18, 2021. Online. Project website.

“Socialist Exhibition Cultures” examines global art exhibitions organized, between 1950 and 1990, in or by (formerly) socialist or  Communist countries. These include the Soviet Union and other Communist/socialist states in Eastern Europe; China; North Korea; South Korea; Cuba, and Africa, including Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Angola. We consider Cold War socialist exhibitions instances of a curatorial culture that developed as an alternative to the Western art market and its international outlets, and according to its own set of demands and prerogatives.


Feb 4-5, 2021. Conference “What They Brought / What They Changed: Material Culture and Polish Chicago.” University of Chicago (online).

Paper delivered at the conference panel “Chicago’s Slavic Communities of Things.” The conference is co-organized by the Department of Slavic Languages & Literature, University of Chicago and Instytut Kultury Polskiej , Uniwersytet Warszawski.


Oct 21-24, 2020. Conference “Decolonizing Museum Cultures and Collections: Mapping Theory and Practice in East-Central Europe.” Online.

Paper delivered at the panel “Critical Curating 1: Acting Locally” chaired by Alexandra Oancă. The conference was organized by the EU research project ECHOES: European Colonial Heritage Modalities in Entangled Cities

“Neo-avantgarde on Repeat: Polish Contemporary Artists Revisit the 1970s”

February 12-15, 108th College Art Association Annual Conference, Chicago.

Paper delivered at the panel “Freezes and Thaws in the Socialist Bloc” sponsored by SHERA (Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture) and conveyed by Yelena Kalinsky, Michigan State University and Adrian Barr, Winona State. Saturday, Feb 15 at 4pm.

Conceptualism and Materiality. Matters of Art and Politics

Oct 10-11, 2019, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Paper titled “Notation, Aspiration, Science, and Labour in Early Conceptual Art in Poland” delivered at a conference that celebrated the publication of Conceptualism and Materiality: Matters of Art and Politics (ed. by Christian Berger, Brill, 2019).

A State Artist’s Career in People’s Republic of Poland Before and After the Thaw: The Case of Aleksander Kobzdej

Nov 9-12, 2017, ASEEES, Chicago

Paper delivered at the 49th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, at the panel “Creating for the state: forms of artistic (dis)engagement with the communist regimes. The unions of artists and the state artists” organized by Caterina Preda.

White Haitians – Black Poles: Polish National Identity via Halka/Haiti

Nov 27-29, 2015, Conference “Visualizing the Nation: Post-Socialist ImagiNations,” Budapest

Paper delivered at the conference organized by Institute of Art History, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Municipal Gallery – Kiscell Museum, Budapest History Museum, and ERSTE Foundation. Official website of the conference here.