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Tuesdays, November 7 – December 5, 3 – 5pm


Kazimir Malevich (Ukrainian, 1879–1935). Reservist of the First Division (detail), 1914. Museum of Modern Art, NY. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY

$220; members $198
(4 classes; no class Nov 21)

About the Class

Artists around the globe responded to the calamitous upheavals of World War I in various ways. This course will examine the visual representations of trauma, violence, disability, and grief by artists with varying degrees of proximity to the frontlines, and in a range of media including painting, collage, illustrated books, and prints. While the course focuses on the visual canon from the Russian Empire in works by Kazimir Malevich, Olga Rozanova, Natalia Goncharova, and Marc Chagall, we will also examine perspectives from other combatant nations, such as the US and Germany through works by Marsden Hartley, Käthe Kollwitz, and Otto Dix. In studying this pivotal moment in the history of art, we look to better understand and navigate our own uncertain times.

The class is online-only. More about online classes.

Barnes classes will:

  • Increase your understanding of art-related concepts.
  • Increase the ways you think critically about art.
  • Improve your ability to communicate about art.
  • Deepen your appreciation for cultures and histories outside your own.

Kazimir Malevich (Ukrainian, 1879–1935). Reservist of the First Division, 1914. Museum of Modern Art, NY. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY


Mechella Yezernitskaya

Yezernitskaya is an art historian, writer, and curator. She is a PhD candidate in the Department of History of Art at Bryn Mawr College, specializing in modern wartime art and visual culture. Her work has been supported by the College Art Association; the Pittsburgh Foundation; the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; the American Association of University Women; the Malevich Society; and the New York Public Library. She has held curatorial positions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Brooklyn Museum.

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