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William Cruft Brumfield


proudly present the first part of a collection of photos devoted to the architecture of  Vologda and Vologda province.

The original collection resides at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), at the Art Museum (Arkhangelsk, Russia) and at the Vologda Regional library.

      William Craft Brumfield, Fellow at the National Humanities Center in 1992-93, is Professor of Slavic studies at Tulane University, where he also lectures at the School of Architecture. He earned his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages (specializing in 19th-century Russian literature and history) at the University of California, Berkeley. He was assistant professor at Harvard University (1974-80) , and has held visiting appointments at the Universities of Wisconsin (1973-74) and Virginia (1985-86). He has also received grant support from institutions such as IREX, the Kennan Institute, the American Council of Teachers of Russian, the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, and the Kress Foundation. In 1997 he received the annual Faculty Research Award from the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Tulane.
      He is the author and photographer of a number of works on Russian architecture: Gold in Azure: One Thousand Years of Russian Architecture (Boston: David Godine, Publisher, 1983); The Origins of Modernism in Russian Architecture (Univ. of California Press, 1991); A History of Russian Architecture (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1993), which The New York Times Book Review included in its "Notable Books of the Year 1993" (12/5/93); Lost Russia: Photographing the Ruins of Russian Architecture (Duke Univ. Press, 1995); and Landmarks of Russian Architecture: A Photographic Survey (Gordon and Breach Publishers, 1997). He edited and contributed chapters to: Reshaping Russian Architecture: Western Technology, Utopian Dreams (Cambridge Univ. Press/Woodrow Wilson Center, 1990), Christianity and the Arts in Russia (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1991), and Russian Housing in the Modern Age: Design and Social History (Cambridge Univ. Press/Woodrow Wilson Center, 1993). In addition, he compiled An Architectural Survey of St. Petersburg. 1840-1916: Building Inventory (Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center, 1994). He has numerous other publications on Russian architecture, photography, and literature, and has lectured frequently on these topics at museums and universities in North America and in Europe.
      His photographs of Russian architecture, which have been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums, are part of the collection of the Photographic Archives at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. His recent shows include "The Russian Art of Building in Wood" (a traveling exhibit sponsored by the National Humanities Center), and "Lost Russia: Photographs by William Brumfield," which opened at the Duke University Museum of Art in January 1996, and has since appeared at the New Orleans Museum of Art (November 1996-February 1997), the University of Michigan Museum of Art, and other museums.
      He has lived in Russia for a total of almost five years, and has done graduate and post-doctoral research at Moscow and Leningrad Universities, as well as at the Russian Institute of Art History in Moscow. He co-directed the NEH Summer Institute for College and University Faculty "Moscow: Architecture and Art in Historical Perspective," held in Moscow during the summer of 1994, and has since conducted annual summer seminars for college faculty under the auspices of the Russian Institute of Art History. He is currently involved in photographing and studying Russian architectural monuments from the Urals to the Pacific as part of the Library of Congress project "Meeting of the Frontiers."



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