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In the Shadow of Stalin
The Patterson Family in Painting and Film
August 23 - December 22

Curated by Jennifer Farrell, Curator of Exhibitions and Contemporary Art

In 1932, the theater designer Lloyd Walton Patterson (b. Bronx, New York 1910 – d. Moscow 1942) went to the Soviet Union with Langston Hughes and several other African American artists and intellectuals to make a film, Black and White, sanctioned by the communist government about racism in the United States. Though the film was never made, Patterson stayed in the USSR, marrying the artist Vera Aralova with whom he had three children. While Patterson never achieved fame as an artist, his son, James Lloydovich Patterson, was celebrated for his role in director Grigori Aleksandrov’s popular 1936 film Circus and later achieved recognition for his poetry.

This exhibition—composed of painting, film, posters, and archival materials— will examine the Patterson family’s history in order to engage larger issues, such as the remarkable journey made by these artists and intellectuals and artistic production under Stalin.

The Fralin Museum of Art's programming is made possible by the generous support of The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Arts$, Albemarle Magazine, and Ivy Publications LLC’s Charlottesville Welcome Book.

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Events

Symposium
In the Shadow of Stalin: African American Artists and Intellectuals in Soviet Russia
Saturday, October 26
Campbell 153
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The symposium is free, but please register by contacting Katelyn Hobbs at 434.924.6322 or email>

This symposium draws scholars from a wide range of disciplines to discuss the experience of African Americans who visited and worked in the Soviet Union during the Stalin era. Introductory remarks at 10 am will be preceded by an informal coffee reception at 9:30 am, allowing speakers and attendees to mingle. When the symposium breaks for lunch, participants are invited to stop by The Fralin Museum of Art to see the affiliated exhibition. A Museum docent will be on hand to answer questions.

Speakers and moderators include:
Dr. Kate A. Baldwin, Associate Professor of American Studies and Communication Studies at Northwestern University and author of Beyond the Color Line and the Iron Curtain: Reading Encounters Between Black and Red, 1922–1963; the manuscript for a forthcoming book entitled Cold War Hot Kitchen has been solicited by Donald Pease of Duke University Press and University of New England Press and is currently in review

Dr. Allison Blakely, Director of the African American Studies Program and George and Joyce Wein Professor of African American Studies at Boston University and author of Russia and the Negro: Blacks in Russian History and Thought and Blacks in the Dutch World: The Evolution of Racial Imagery in a Modern Society, who will deliver the keynote address

Dr. Katerina Clark, Professor of Comparative Literature and of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University and author of The Soviet Novel: History As Ritual; Mikhail Bakhtin (with Michael Holquist); Petersburg, Crucible of Cultural Revolution; and Moscow, the Fourth Rome: Stalinism, Cosmopolitanism, and the Evolution of Soviet Culture, 1931–1941

Dr. Carmenita Higginbotham, Associate Professor of American Art in the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia and author of a forthcoming book on Reginald Marsh; Higginbotham has also participated in exhibition projects that include Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, Carrie Mae Weems: The Hampton Project, and The Art of Romare Bearden. At the symposium, Higginbotham will serve as moderator.

Dr. Christina Kiaer, Associate Professor of Art History at Northwestern University and author of Imagine No Possessions: The Socialist Objects of Russian Constructivism; her forthcoming book will be titled A Biography of the USSR in Pictures: Aleksandr Deineka and the Problem of Socialist Realism (working title; manuscript in preparation)

Mr. Andrew Leddy, independent scholar and author of numerous essays on the Patterson family’s links to the Soviet Union

Dr. Dale Peterson, Eliza J. Clark Folger Professor of English and Russian at Amherst College and author of The Clement Vision: Poetic Realism in Turgenev and James and Up From Bondage: The Literatures of Russian and African American Soul, who will serve as moderator

Dr. Rimgaila Salys, Professor of Russian Studies in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder and author of several books, including Laughing Matters: The Musical Comedy Films of Grigorii Aleksandrov

Dr. Dariusz Tolczyk, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia and author of See No Evil: Literary Cover-Ups and Discoveries of the Soviet Camp Experience and The Gulag under Western Eyes (Gu?ag w oczach Zachodu, currently in translation from Polish to English), who will serve as moderator

In addition to support from The Fralin Museum of Art, the symposium is sponsored by the Center for International Studies; the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; the College of Arts and Sciences; the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures; the Department of English; the McIntire Department of Art; the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature; the Corcoran Department of History; and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies.


Schedule
9:30 am | Coffee reception

10:00 am | Opening remarks by Bruce Boucher, Director, The Fralin Museum of Art

10:15 am | Presentation by Katerina Clark, Professor of Comparative Literature and of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University

11:00 am | Presentation by Andrew Leddy, independent scholar

11:45 am | Presentation by Rimgaila Salys, Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder

12:15 pm | Discussion led by moderator Dariusz Tolczyk, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia

Lunch Break

2:15 pm | Presentation by Kate A. Baldwin, Associate Professor of American Studies and Communication Studies at Northwestern University

3:00 pm | Presentation by Christina Kiaer, Associate Professor of Art History at Northwestern University

3:30 pm | Discussion led by moderator Carmenita Higginbotham, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Virginia

3:45 pm | Break with light refreshments

4:15 pm | Keynote speech by Allison Blakely, Director of the African American Studies Program, Professor of European and Comparative History, and George and Joyce Wein Professor of African American Studies at Boston University

4:45 pm | Discussion with Blakely led by Dale Peterson, Eliza J. Clark Folger Professor of English and Russian at Amherst College

5:00 pm | Discussion with moderators and panelists

In addition to support from The Fralin Museum of Art, the symposium is sponsored by the Center for International Studies; the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities; the College of Arts and Sciences; the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures; the McIntire Department of Art; the Department of English; the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature; the Corcoran Department of History; and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies.

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Lloyd Patterson

Unknown Artist
Portrait of Lloyd Patterson (b. 1910, Bronx, NY – d. 1942, Moscow, USSR), n.d.
Oil on canvas, 35 x 43 3/4 in, 88.9 x 111.13 cm
Courtesy Andrew Leddy