A scene from the 1929 film, “The Man with the Movie Camera.”

GRAD Gallery announces a new series of talks: Roaring 1920s in Russia: Art, Design, Architecture organised in collaboration with Dorich House Museum.

The era of the New Economic Policy (NEP), from the end of the Russian Civil War in 1921 to the onslaught of collectivization and rapid industrialization in 1929, was a time of transition from what tsarist Russia had been to what Soviet Russia would become. It was a short period when Russians were given some ‘breathing space’, when starvation and shortages were replaced by a free market economy and a jazz age splashed onto the streets of the Russian cities.

Three lectures, held in the most remarkable art deco house in London, which was built in 1930s as a studio home of the Russian sculptor Dora Gordine and her husband the Hon. Richard Hare, will discuss innovative Russian architecture which thrived in the 1920s, Soviet film which became one of the most popular forms of entertainment, and fashion which was given a new lease of life at the time when women wanted to look beautiful again.

All lectures will be preceded by the tour of the house which will start at 6.30pm. Lectures will start at 7pm.

Ian Christie is Anniversary Professor of Film and Media History, Birkbeck College, University of London, and Fellow of the British Academy. Co-curator of the GRAD exhibition Unexpected Eisenstein, he also co-curated Eisenstein: His Life and Art, (Oxford Museum of Modern Art/Hayward Gallery, 1988), and co-edited Eisenstein Rediscovered (1993) and The Film Factory: Russian and Soviet Cinema in Documents, 1896-1939 (1988), both with Richard Taylor