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TMORA Artist Lecture: Sergei Isupov

Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

$5 – $15

The Museum of Russian Art is honored to present a special artist lecture by Sergei Isupov, internationally-known ceramic sculptor.  His solo exhibition “Surreal Promenade” is currently on view in the TMORA’s Lower Gallery.

Renowned for his highly-detailed narrative works, Sergei Isupov will discuss the span of his career and influences, his artistic practice, family and educational background, and the themes within his art. In Surreal Promenade, Isupov explores painterly figure-ground relationships, creating surreal porcelain objects that combine two- and three-dimensional narratives, animal/human hybrids, and a dense artistic vocabulary.

“Everything that surrounds and excites me is automatically processed and transformed into…. an artwork,” he has commented. “The essence of my work is not in the medium or the creative process, but in human beings and their incredible diversity. When I think of myself and my works, I’m not sure I create them; perhaps they create me.”

We hope you can join us!  Russian tea and cookies will be served.

Doors open at 5:45pm  |  Lecture will begin at 6:30pm

TICKETS:  TMORA Member  $12  |  General Admission  $15  |  Student (with ID)  $5


This event will feature general admission seating in the Main Gallery of the museum. Parking for The Museum of Russian Art is directly across Diamond Lake Road in the Mayflower Church parking lot.  

Surreal Promenade – Sergei Isupov is organized in conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference held in Minneapolis.  The Museum of Russian Art is proud to present Surreal Promenade – Sergei Isupov, on view in the Lower Gallery: February 8 through June 9, 2019



Sergei Isupov – (b. 1963, Stavrapole, Russia, lives in MA)

Isupov graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia in 1990 with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. In 1994 he immigrated to the United States. Isupov has a long international resume with work included in numerous collections and exhibitions, including the National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (TX), Museum of Arts and Design (NY), Racine Art Museum (WI) and Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MA).

His work is featured in numerous books, catalogs and magazines including Postmodern Ceramics, Sex Pots: Eroticsm in Ceramics, The Ceramic Surface; Shy Boy, She Devil, and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft; Confrontational Ceramics. He teaches workshops and lectures internationally at museums, universities and art centers. Recent residencies include Archie Bray Foundation, Helena (MT), The International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary and Guldagergaard, International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark.

In 2001 was awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award. He works in porcelain using traditional hand building and sculpting techniques to combine surface and form with narrative painting using stains and clear glaze.

Sergei Isupov is represented by Ferrin Contemporary


Sunday, March 24, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5 – $15


5500 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55419 United States
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