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From Soviet to Global Underground: Valera & Natasha Cherkashin 


Tydings Hall, 1132 Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM


"From Soviet to Global Underground," featuring digital art works by artists Valera and Natasha Cherkashin, is a shimmering, kaleidoscopic presentation of underground transportation systems around the globe, including New York, Washington, DC, Moscow, Paris, Stockholm and Beijing. When the project is completed, thirty-three subway systems will be featured. While each metro system reflects the unique historic, cultural and technical attributes of the city which it serves, the overall impression is that of a global network of similar human endeavor that crosses social, political and geographic boundaries. Commenting on the social dynamics of the human condition has driven the Cherkashin’s creative work.


Having met in the Moscow metro in 1982, the artists have since collaborated on various art projects, including many performance pieces. The Cherkashins have lectured at colleges and universities around the world, including Swarthmore, Vassar, Columbia, Harvard and NYU in the U.S., and in Tokyo, Moscow and London. Their work is in major public and private collections in this country and abroad, among them the Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Russian State Museum and International Center of Photography, in Tokyo.


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