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Dialogue between Whitney and the Hermitage with the support of the Hermitage Museum Foundation (USA) around the exhibition "Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remaking American Art of 1925-1945"

Published 03 February 2021

On January 28, 2021, Hermitage Museum Foundation director, art critic, and theorist, Joachim Pissaro, held a fascinating conversation about the Whitney Museum of Art's exhibition "Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remaking American Art of 1925-1945" (February 2020-January 2021, New York) with its curator Barbara Haskell and Olga Yudina from the Hermitage Museum and expert on Mexican and Russian art of the 20th century. The event was organized by Saranna Biel-Cohen, Hermitage Museum Foundation Executive Director, and viewed by thousands internationally. 

This online event was part of an educational program organized by the Hermitage Museum Foundation (USA) in partnership with the Whitney Museum and the American Center in Moscow, aimed at highlighting the issues of the representation of Latin American art in Russia and the USA.

Video of the lecture in English is available here:

Barbara Haskell is an American art historian and a museum curator. She is currently a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she has worked since 1975. She has previously worked at the San Francisco Museum of Art and Pasadena Museum. She has a BA (1969) from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her area of expertise is early to mid-20th-century painting and sculpture, including American Modernists, Abstract Expressionists, and Pop artists. She is the founder and leader of the American Fellows, a patrons group for major donors to the Whitney.

Joachim Pissarro is the Bershad Professor of Art History and Director of the Hunter College Galleries, Hunter College, CUNY/City University of New York. He was a Curator at MoMA’s Department of Painting and Sculpture.  His recent curatorial projects include: Olga Picasso, Musée National Picasso, Paris (2017), Museo Picasso, Málaga (2019), and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow (2019). His latest book Aesthetics of the Margins / The Margins of Aesthetics: Wild Art Explained (2018, Penn State University Press) is co-authored with David Carrier, following Wild Art (Phaidon, 2016). Joachim is a Consulting Editor of the Brooklyn Rail and is director of the board of the Hermitage Museum Foundation (USA). 


Olga Yudina is an art historian of Mexican and Russian art, an independent curator, and the manager of the Development Department at the State Hermitage Museum. She is currently finishing her PhD thesis on David Alfaro Siqueiros at the Russian Academy of Fine Arts. Ms.Yudina was also a Fellow of the Presidential Program in 2017 and Fulbright Scholar (2016-2017). Previously, Ms. Yudina was a curator at the Hermitage’s Contemporary Art Department, where she organized the exhibition ‘Realisms’ with Dimitri Ozerkov in 2016. Ms.Yudina also worked at the Robert Wilson Watermill Center in New York (2017). As an independent curator, in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Ms.Yudina organized the exhibition Tina Modotti: Art, Love and Revolution (Rosphoto, 2019) and the exhibition of Cuban contemporary photographers “¡Viva Cuba Viva?” (Archclub, 2020).


Exhibition "Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925-1945" at the Whitney Museum website:


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American Center at the U.S. Embassy Moscow: