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UW Launches the William Brumfield Russian Architecture Digital Collection | Architecture of the Russian North

William Craft Brumfield of Tulane University presents his photos of the Russian North at the University of Washington.

May 15, 2017

During a symposium at the University of Washington, Dr. William Craft Brumfield discussed “Architecture at the End of the Earth,” an exhibition of his photographs from the Russian north. The exhibit is currently on display in the UW Odegaard Library through May 16, 2017.

At the event, Dr. Brumfield also introduced the William Brumfield Russian Architecture Digital Collection, an online resource available through the UW Library featuring over 29,000 images of Russian sites, mostly buildings constructed from the Middle Ages and the present.

Brumfield’s exhibit and the symposium at the University of Washington were recently featured in the Russian cultural magazine Russia Beyond the Headlines. The article noted Brumfield’s contribution to the field and highlighted the discussion by UW faculty about the role of Russian architecture and art in the cultural landscape of the Russian North.

In his lecture, Dr. Brumfield spoke about his travels throughout rural parts of northern Russia while he conducted research and photographed historic churches and landmarks. He also touched on how the influence of European Baroque architecture could be found even in these remote parts of Russia.

Following Dr. Brumfield, University of Washington professors Christopher Campbell, Elena Campbell, Ivan Drpić, and Ellen Hurst spoke about Russian architecture and heritage.

The choir of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Seattle, performs at the University of Washington.

The event also featured music by the choir of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Seattle, under the direction of Gregory Kotar.

A professor of Russian literature at Tulane University in New Orleans, William Brumfield is the author of over forty books and hundreds of articles on Russian architectural history and is widely recognized as North America’s foremost expert on the subject.

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