Gediminas Gasparavičius specializes in late modern and contemporary art. He is assistant professor of art history at the Myers School of Art, University of Akron (Ohio, United States). His research focuses on collective and participatory art in Eastern Europe in late socialism and early postsocialism. His doctoral dissertation examined the work of the Slovenian multidisciplinary collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (or NSK), which in 1992 established NSK State in Time. NSK State is a conceptual entity that issues passports, opens “embassies,” and subversively mimics other functions of the state. In Fall 2014 he curated the exhibition IRWIN: NSK State in Time at Emily Davis Gallery at Myers School of Art, University of Akron.
Gasparavičius publications on Eastern European art and neo-avantgarde appeared in Public Art Dialogue, Art Criticism, and elsewhere. His recent article "Promises and Premises of Art as a State: NSK Embassy Moscow and its Contexts" has been included into a newly published volume NSK from Kapital to Capital. Neue Slowenische Kunst – an Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA and Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, 2015).
Gediminas Gasparavičius earned his Ph.D. in Art History and Criticism at State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2011. He received an M.A. in Art History from Ohio State University in 1999, a Master-Studies Diploma with Distinction in History and Philosophy of Art from Central European University (Prague, Czech Republic) in 1995, and a B.A. in Art History from Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania) in 1994.
Image: Post Ars, "Thrown Out Man", 1989