The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Yevgeniy Fiks and 'The Lenin Museum' at CUNY's James Gallery

January 5, 2015 10:40 PM

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A kind of Russian mystery one would expect out of Gorky Park is unfolding at the James Gallery on the first floor of the CUNY Graduate Center on Fifth Avenue at 35th Street (in the old B. Altman building) in a show of paintings and installations by Russian-born painter and conceptual artist Yevgeniy Fiks entitled "The Lenin Museum."

I have been avidly following Fiks's career for roughly a year, when I learned of a show he had at the Galerie Sator in Paris called "Homosexuality Is Stalin's Atom Bomb to Destroy America." The quote comes from a 1953 article by Arthur Guy Matthews, a famous American "Cold Warrior" and pundit of the...

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