Sovfoto 20/20

December 5, 2019 – March 8, 2020

N. Karavayev, Great Physiologist, December, 1951, gelatin silver print. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Anonymous gift,

Sovfoto 20/20
December 5, 2019 to March 8, 2020
Joan Lehman Gallery and
Curators: Emily McKibbon and Daria Melnikov
Reception: Thursday, December 5, 7 to 9 pm

2020, and its consonance with 20/20 vision, has long been a date that’s tied with futurity. Sovfoto 20/20 highlights the aesthetics of innovation as a means of demonstrating how artists and designers can be architects of the future. The photographs are from the Sovfoto Archive, a collection of 23,116 Soviet press prints from the Stalinist era. Inherently flawed as historical documents, these images nonetheless reveal how the future is continuously reimagined in the present moment.