Thinking Globally in the Museum

Open lecture "Thinking Globally in the Museum" with New York-based art historian and curator Ksenia Nouril.
17th March, 5pm at 112 room (Maironio st. 3)

In this public talk, Ksenia Nouril will tell a history of The Museum of Modern Art in New York that culminates with the establishment of its International Program and the development of the Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) initiative, a cross departmental, internal research program dedicated to the study of art histories outside North America and Western Europe. Ksenia will highlight the program’s focus on Central and Eastern Europe and its effects on exhibitions, publications, and programming at MoMA. She will show how these efforts relate to her own scholarly research on the historical turn in contemporary art from the region.

Ksenia Nouril is a New York-based art historian and curator. She is a Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) Fellow at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, where she researches and plans programs related to Central and Eastern European art. She also is a co-editor of post (, the online platform for global art at MoMA. Previously, Ksenia was the Research and Editorial Assistant for the Thomas Walther Collection in the Department of Photography at MoMA, where she co-organized the exhibition Production-Reproduction: The Circulation of Photographic Modernism, 1900-1950. A PhD candidate in Art History at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Ksenia is writing her dissertation on the work of contemporary Eastern European artists who actively question and engage with history and historical representations of socialism since 1989. From 2011 to 2016, Ksenia held a Dodge Curatorial Fellowship at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, where she assisted in the organization of numerous exhibitions of the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, including Leonid Sokov: Ironic Objects and Putting a Face to the Name: Artist Portraits from the Dodge Collection. In March 2016, she curated the exhibition Dreamworlds and Catastrophes: Intersections of Art and Technology in the Dodge Collection, which examines the consequences of innovations in science, technology, mathematics, communications, and design on unofficial Soviet art. It will travel in January 2018 to the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut. Ksenia has published in The Calvert Journal and Art Margins.