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MIGRATION + MEMORY: JEWISH ARTISTS OF THE RUSSIAN AND SOVIET EMPIRES from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection. Curated by Anna Winestein
This exhibition will feature approximately 100 works drawn from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection that explore the creative responses as well as historical trajectories of Jewish artists born, trained, or active in the Russian as well as Soviet Empires in the 20th century. The exhibit is structured around the themes of migration and memory that are central to the Jewish experience in this period. It is curated by Ballets Russes Arts Initiative’s Executive Director, Anna Winestein.
The works in the exhibition carry a complex legacy of opportunity and suffering, cooperation and hatred, inclusion and alienation. The opening of the show coincides closely with the centenary of the October Revolution of 1917, which transformed the landscape of choices and options for Russian Jewry, including artists, in many positive ways, while also bringing enormous displacement and violence. In total, it will present the creations of nearly 50 different artists: paintings, drawings, prints, posters and illustrated books, as well as three-dimensional objects, some created within the territory of Imperial Russia or the Soviet Union, and some created after the artists had emigrated to Europe or the United States.
Vladimir and Vera Torchilin moved to the US in the early 1990’s, and after the fall of the Soviet Union were successful in bringing out a large portion of their collection, to which they have continued to add voraciously. Their collection is primarily focused on Russian and Soviet artists–not all of Jewish heritage–but also includes works by Europeans and Americans.
Anna Winestein is an historian of art and theater, an independent curator, and a cultural entrepreneur. She is Executive Director and co-founder of Ballets Russes Arts Initiative (BRAI), and previously served as Creative Director for the Hermitage Museum Foundation. Click here for Anna’s full biography.
For more information: www.museumofrussianicons.org/
This mini-exhibit showcases a series of twelve decorative plates designed and crafted by accomplished artists from Palekh, and Kholui, to Fedoskino. Each plate illustrates a different Russian fairytale. The myths and legends of Russia are provide a window into a fascinating and diverse culture. Generously donated by Robert Laroucque in 2017: http://www.museumofrussianicons.org/current-exhibitions/
In preparation for the 2018 celebration of the 100th anniversary of Ukrainian Orthodoxy in the United States, the UHEC presents an exhibition documenting the lives of the Church’s prime hierarchs, the historical and cultural contexts in which they lived and worked, and their legacies through photographs, museum items, archival documents, and audio recordings. he exhibit opened with a reception and gallery talk on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 3:30 pm.
Regular hours: M-F 9am–5pm except as noted see website). Weekends, evenings, and groups by appointment.
For more information: http://www.ukrhec.org/exhibits
Drop-in and make your own binoculars, then grab an expedition guide and find icons of Saint Nicholas, famed gift-giver, and learn how he is celebrated in Russian culture.
For more information: ttp://www.museumofrussianicons.org/event/kids-gallery-expeditions-saint-nick/
The GRAMMY NOMINATED Clarion Choir joins forces with the PaTRAM Institute Singers to continue their tradition of performing Russian sacred choral music on New Year’s Eve and Day!
You are cordially invited!
The evening’s program will consist of Russian sacred music by such composer greats as Rachmaninoff, Sviridov, Chesnokov, Ledkovsky and Sander and include an extraordinary work by Rachmaninoff’s mentor, ALEXANDER KASTALSKY, Memory Eternal.
The venue for the concerts is the beautiful Church of the Resurrection on Manhattan’s upper East Side.
Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije Orthodox Institute IV
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The Museum is pleased to announce its next exhibition–Rushnyky: Sacred Ukrainian Textiles. Opening February 15, 2018, the exhibition celebrates and explores Ukrainian culture through one of its most ancient and valued traditions.
A rushnyk is a long, rectangular cloth, typically made from linen or hemp, which is woven in one solid piece and sometimes adorned with bright, intricate patterns. They are traditionally made by women, who start learning to spin, weave, and embroider the cloths at a very young age. Today most rushnyky are machine made using modern materials, and can be purchased in retail establishments.
For more information: http://www.museumofrussianicons.org/upcoming-exhibitions/
We are pleased to announce the formation of a monthly “Book Club” gathering at Saint Sophia Theological Library, which launched in May 2017. The Library serves the needs of the student body of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary as well as clergy of the UOC of USA and any other interested patrons.
Each month, we will showcase a different book with a speaker who will present the designated book as well as a topic to discuss. Everyone is invited to attend, regardless of whether they have read the book.
For more information: https://stsuots.org/load.php?pageid=227