The word collage comes from the French verb coller, which means “to paste, stick, glue.” In practice, it is a technique that involves the physical layering of disparate elements. It originated as an art form when the Cubists and Futurists experimented with the surface of the picture plane in the early 1910s. Yet collage’s capacity for combining, fragmenting, and disrupting meaning has since rendered it an inexhaustible medium, emblematic of the fast-paced modern world.

L: Varvara Stepanova, May 12, ’26 to Moni, 1926, collage. Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937), 2001.81R: Oleg Vassiliev, The House with the Mezzanine, No. 23, 1991, lithograph. Gift of Joan Afferica, L. Clark Seelye Professor Emerita of History, Smith College, 2010.161

Paste, Stick, Glue: Constructing Collage in Russia offers a historical overview of the many ways in which Russian and Soviet artists employed collage and the related techniques of film montage and photomontage. Drawn from the permanent collections of the Mead Art Museum and Amherst Center for Russian Culture, the exhibition features works by Liubov’ Popova, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Varvara Stepanova, El Lissitzky, Sergei Eisenstein, Oscar Rabin, Oleg Kudryashov, and Alexander Kosolapov among others.