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Creating for the State During Socialism: The Role of Artists' Unions

Mon, November 25, 3:45 to 5:30pm, San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Floor: 4, Pacific A

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During the communist regimes in Eastern Europe, the role of artists’ unions in organizing creative endeavors following the official style of Socialist Realism was paramount. Nonetheless, they have been understudied in the last 30 years and we don’t yet have a refined image of the national differences, or of the unitary model at work in the communist regimes in Eastern Europe. How did these unions function? What was their relation to the other cultural institutions of the communist regimes? How did they change through time, and which are the national temporalities concerning the fine arts? How did the ‘state artists’ adapt during the decades of communism?

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