[ROLAND HAYES IN THE SOVIET PRESS] Rabis. Organ TsK Vserabisa [i.e. Rabis. Organ of the Central Committee of VSERABIS] #7 for 1928
Moscow: TsK Rabis, 1928. Item #1466
20 pp.: ill. 26x17,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Near fine.
The weekly about theater, cinematography, circus, stage performing, music, art and photography that was published by the Trade Union of Art Workers as ‘Herald of Art Workers’ in 1920-1926 and as ‘Rabis’ in 1927-1934. The periodical was edited by art historian Boris Kotsin.
The cover design of this issue features a portrait of well-known tenor Roland Hayes (1887-1977) who toured in the Soviet Union the same year. Despite the precarious position of African-Americans in various countries, Hayes was given a hero’s welcome in the USSR. The socialist state was officially friendly to all races and nationalities and in particular, to African Americans, due to their hardship in bourgeois countries. No internal texts were dedicated to him, but his photo was placed in the foreground of the issue.
The journal contains theoretical articles and chronicle on Soviet arts and related pictures: an article about the creation of theatrical costume in general and costume designs by Shterenberg for the GOSET, by S. Ivanov and Chechulin for the MKhAT in particular; news about the meeting of Moscow projectionists and group photo of them; photographs of Bryansk production of ‘The Break-Up’ (1927), Chistopol production of ‘Liubov Iarovaia’ (1926); a caricature of conductor V. Suk by Erich Mordmillovich, notable movie poster designer who worked together with brother Henrich.
A photo portrait of theater director Alexander Tairov was printed with the interesting caption “A. Tairov is an eminent cinema director invited to Berlin for stagings - both portrait and text was taken from Berlin magazine ‘Welt-spiegel’, not suspecting that Tairov has never sinned in terms of cinema and has not even traveled to America, to Hollywood”.
Besides, notes about the job market for actors, related juridical issues, orders, instructions and circulars of the Central Committee of VSERABIS were included. The rear sides of both covers show advertisements of Ukrainian, Georgian, Belarusian moving pictures, as well as a tour of Ukrainian satirists.
According to Worldcat, paper copies of some issues are located in LoC, Princeton and Stanford Universities.