Blaffer Art Museum presents Slavs and Tatars: Mirrors for Princes opening reception
Blaffer Art Museum will be the exclusive U.S. venue for Mirrors for Princes, an evolving five-city exhibition of installations and sculpture by the art collective Slavs and Tatars.
Slavs and Tatars is a collective operating between the "area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China." Their exhibition 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 operated as a poetic form of political critique in both Christian and Muslim lands during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance while carving out a space for statecraft at a time when most scholarship was devoted to religious affairs. Using the genre as a conceptual framework, the works on view translate literary tropes and vernacular objects, such as religious furniture or cosmetic tools, into installations and sculptures that further Slavs and Tatars' investigation of speech and sovereignty.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through March 19.