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Soviet Artists in Conflict
In the here and now of 2007, it's almost possible to forget the political constraints under which artists operated while living under Soviet rule. Artists were not at liberty to follow their muses, visions, or ideas--but were simply to express the official viewpoint of the party line. On today's Thinking Aloud, we talk with guests Vern Swanson, director of the Springville Museum of Art, and Mark Purves, from BYU's Department of German and Slavic Languages about an exhibit at the Springville Museum of Art titled Soviet Art in Conflict: The Artist as an Agent of Social Change. Our two guests share some of what they know about these ideologically challenged artists of a bygone era and what those artists achieved in spite of it all. Visit the museum's website at—Original airdate: 11/12/2007

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