Floating Worlds and Future Cities: The Genius of Lazar Khidekel, Suprematism, and the Russian Avant-Garde YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History 15 West 16th Street, Manhattan Sunday, April 21, 2013 – Symposium, exhibition opening & reception 3:00pm Symposium | 5:00pm Exhibition Opening & Reception Floating Worlds and Future Cities will present the comprehensive exhibition in the United States of the work of the great Russian-Jewish artist, architect, designer and theoretician, Lazar Khidekel. Khidekel worked closely with both Marc Chagall and Kazimir Malevich in Vitbesk in the years 1918-1922, where he became an important proponent and theoretician of the avant-garde movement known as Suprematism and a founding member of Unovis group (Affirmers of New Art), which included other notable Russian and Jewish artists such as Kazimir Malevich, El Lissitsky, Nina Kogan and Ilya Chashnik. This exhibition and accompanying symposium will explore Khidekel’s biography and work, the Jewish contribution to the Russian avant-garde, and the glory of Vitebsk, the Paris of the East, as it was known during this period. Speakers to be announced. Admission includes reception. For more images and info click here.