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Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
September 6–November 11, 2007
at the Tufts University Art Gallery
Medford, MA

The Center of Cosmic Energy Book

Jonathan Fineberg, Foreword (open PDF here)
Matthew Jesse Jackson (open PDF here)
Amy Ingrid Schlegel (open PDF here)
Boris Groys:
Biography of the Author

"A Universal System for Depicting Everything": A Dialogue between Ilya Kabakov (Long Island) and Boris Groys (Cologne)
Svetlana Boym:
Ilya Kabakov: The Soviet Toilet and the Palace of Utopias (also in Common Places: Mythologies of Everyday Life in Russia, (Harvard University Press, 1994)
"...Kabakov's work fits in well with the eschatological fashions of the end of the millennium. Yet it does not quite represent them. For Kabakov, art remains an inevitable, existential need and a therapy for survival..."
Matthew Jesse Jackson:
Managing the Avant-Garde, New Left Review 32, March-April 2005.
"In the age of franchise museums and mega-shows, what role for the artist? Borrowings from the revolutionary avant-garde in the practices of present-day creator-impresarios, seamlessly fusing the realms of commerce and culture—and the refusenik stance of Kabakov’s conceptual counter-projects."
Wikipedia Links:
Kabakov Installations
The Russian Avant-Garde
On Vladimir I. Vernadsky:
Kendall E. Bailes, Science and Russian Culture in an Age of Revolutions: V.I. Vernadsky and His Scientific School, 1863-1945 (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1990)

Paul R. Samson and David Pitt, editors. The Biosphere and Noosphere Reader: Global Environment, Society, and Change (London and new York: Routledge, 1999).
On Cosmology:
Alexander von Humboldt, Cosmos: A Sketch of a Physical Description of the Universe. Translated from German by E.C. Ottée (London: H.G. Bohn, 1848-1858).

Vilenkin, Alexander (professor of physics and astronomy, Tufts University), Many worlds in one: the search for other universes (New York: Hill and Wang, A division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006).
On Spiritual/Metaphorical Tourism:
“Touring the Spirit World: A Busload of Sacred Travelers Focused their Psychic Energy on a Cairo Traffic Jam. It Parted.” By Ethan Todras-Whitehill. The New York Times, Sunday, April 29, 2007, section 5, pp. 1, 8.
On Installation Art:
by Monica McTighe