2000_Basil Milovsoroff 21st Century Artist

2000_Basil Milovsoroff 21st Century Artist

Milovsoroff was born in Altai, Siberia, in 1907, and moved to the United States when he was 20. He was a charter member of the Puppeteers of America, and his career as a puppeteer spanned the decades of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. During this period, he produced fourteen complete programs and two delightful public service films: “Muzzleshy,” a gun safety film, and “Poison in the House,” about accident prevention. He also created a number of drawings or “doodles”. In the 1950s, Milovsoroff became a professor at Dartmouth College, where he served as the Chairman of the Department of Russian Language and Director of the NDEA Russian Language Institute. After 15 years of teaching, in 1972 he retired and returned to the world of puppets through sculpture and exhibition. He continued to experiment with the puppet as an art form, integrating its visual form with sound and movement, color, light and shadow.

The distinctive style of his art grew from an early discovery that to exaggerate or distort the puppet form was to free it from the limits of imitation. The recipe for a Milovsoroff creation: start with a root or branch with intriguing form, accentuate its features by carving, then add a few mushrooms for ornamentation, a spring for a neck, marbles for eyes, found materials for the hair and dress, or a tea kettle for a head. The whimsical humor of this strange collection of features in no way detracts but rather adds substance and reminds us that in fact these creatures all have some story to tell if we but let them.

Curated By: Peter Milovsoroff

Themes: Milovsoroff, Russian Puppeteer, American Puppetry, 20th Century Puppetry

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