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Boris Groys is Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University. His lecture "New Archeology of the Soviet Empire" will be followed by a conversation between Groys and Blaffer exhibiting artist Anton Ginzburg.
Groys is a philosopher, essayist, art critic, media theorist and an internationally acclaimed expert on late-Soviet postmodern art and literature, as well as on the Russian avant-garde. His philosophical writing includes A Philosopher's Diary, On the New: A Study of Cultural Economics and The Invention of Russia, while his contributions to art theory and criticism can be found in Vanishing Point Moscow and The Art of Installation. His most recent books are Under Suspicion: A Phenomenology of the Media and Ilya Kabakov. The Man Who Flew into Space from his Apartment (Afterall/MIT Press, 2006).
The 2013-14 Visiting Artist and Scholar Series is supported through a Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Program Innovations grant, funded in part by the Houston Endowment.