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Katarzyna Kobro and Debora Vogel as “Composers of Space”
April 20, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
This event will be held virtually as a Zoom webinar and streamed via YouTube Live. There will be no in-person event.
To register and access live stream links, visit the event page on our website: https://harriman.columbia.edu/event/virtual-event-katarzyna-kobro-and-debora-vogel-composers-of-space
Register here for the Zoom webinar, or tune in on YouTube Live.
Please join the East Central European Center at the Harriman Institute for a presentation by Michalina Kmiecik (Jagiellonian University in Kraków). This event is part of the event series East Central Vanguard: New Perspectives on the Avant-Garde.
The role of female artists in the Polish avant-garde movement is still not recognized. Many of them were silent organizers of artistic life (as Iwona Boruszkowska calls them: midwives of the avant-garde), editors of magazines, literary critics, reciters, translators etc. Michalina Kmiecik’s presentation will highlight several characters who actually gained some recognition in the avant-garde period and took part in theoretical debates, sharing interesting and innovative ideas. Kmiecik will focus on the discussion between Katarzyna Kobro and Debora Vogel concerning the problem of space, architecture and sculpture. In 1933, Vogel, a poet and theoretician, reviewed ideas presented by Kobro and her husband Władysław Strzemiński in their famous essay Composition of Space. She also published commentaries on modern living and design. Her ideas were strongly inspired by modern media and their abilities. What Vogel tried to develop in her theory and also in her writing (by concentrating on the montage technique and tracking inner dynamics of the artifact) is also present in Kobro’s abstract sculptures and her fascination with “composing space”. Comparing theoretical work of these two women may open a debate on dynamic approach in spatial and architectural studies, and the role of female artists in popularizing it among Polish avant-gardists.