"Slavs And Tatars: Mirrors For Princes" Opening Reception

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"Slavs And Tatars: Mirrors For Princes" Opening Reception
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Let your hair down at Blaffer Art Museum's first opening of 2016 as we celebrate the exclusive North American presentation of "Mirrors for Princes," an evolving five-city exhibition by the art collective Slavs and Tatars.

Founded in 2006, Slavs and Tatars describes itself as “a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China” known as Eurasia. Mirrors for Princes takes its title from a medieval genre of advice literature for rulers that offered instructions, aphorisms, and reflections on how to rule a nation, from economics to etiquette, astrology to agriculture. The mirrors-for-princes genre, whose most famous examples include Machiavelli’s "The Prince" and Al-Ghazali’s "Nasihat al muluk," operated as a poetic form of political critique in both Christian and Muslim lands during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance at a time when most scholarship was devoted to religious affairs.

Using the genre as a conceptual framework, the works on view activate literary tropes and vernacular objects, such as religious furniture or cosmetic tools, into artworks that further Slavs and Tatars’ investigation of speech and sovereignty.

The reception will be immediately preceded by "The Transliterative Tease," a performance-lecture by Slavs and Tatars at 6 p.m. in Dudley Recital Hall, located across the Blaffer courtyard from the museum. The lecture is free, but a ticket is required and can be reserved at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/7931
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By: BLAFFER Art Museum

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