JUNE PREVIEW AT THE UKRAINIAN MUSEUM, NEW YORK CITY
Concert: Friday, June 1, 7 p.m.
Bandura Downtown closes its 2011-2012 season with a performance by artistic director Julian Kytasty showcasing his latest solo work and introducing a series of surprise guests. Join us in celebrating six full seasons of Bandura Downtown performances at The Ukrainian Museum!
Lecture: Sunday, June 3, 2 p.m.
“The Carpet Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Preservation and Display” will be the topic of Dr. Florica Zaharia’s lecture, presented in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Ukrainian Kilims: Journey of a Heritage. Dr. Zaharia is the Conservator in Charge of the Met’s Department of Textile Conservation.
Annual Meeting: Sunday, June 24, 2 p.m.
All members are urged to attend the Museum’s annual meeting. Meeting notices will be mailed out shortly, but please mark your calendars and plan to join us for this important annual event.
Ukrainian Kilims: Journey of a Heritage
Through October 21
More than 35 kilims from the Museum’s permanent collection, some dating back to the 18th century, are on view in this exhibition. Many of the tapestry-like rugs were spirited out of Ukraine and transported across numerous borders by Ukrainian refugees fleeing war and the destructive Soviet occupation of Ukraine. Cherished and preserved for years after their arduous journey, the kilims were eventually entrusted to the Museum’s care.
Featured in the January 27 issue of The New York Times (“Antiques on Camera and Behind Every Door / Ukrainian Weavings,” page C31).
A Singular Vision: Ilona Sochynsky, Retrospective of Painting
May 13 through October 7
The Ukrainian Museum: 35 Years in Print
Through October 21
Since 1976, the Museum has been mounting exhibitions that educate and enthrall visitors while introducing them to the broad spectrum of Ukrainian art and culture. Drop by this exhibit to marvel at the range of subjects covered over the past 35 years, as seen through the exhibition catalogues, posters, and other documents that accompanied the Museum’s exhibitions.
Borys Kosarev: Modernist Kharkiv, 1915-1931
LAST CHANCE! Closes May 2
Virtually unknown even in his native land, the avant-garde artist Borys Kosarev (1897-1994), a survivor of Stalin’s purges in 1930s Ukraine, was a painter, designer, photographer, and illustrator who worked with some of the pre-eminent creative personalities of his time. This first-ever exhibition of 82 of his works brings to light Kosarev’s prodigious talent and his deep attachment to Kharkiv, the city of his birth, death, and long life. The contents of the exhibition coincide with Kharkiv’s time as the capital of Ukraine (1919-1934), the rise of Constructivism, and the period of Ukrainianization, which brought with it a brief renaissance of art and culture before being brutally quashed through a series of purges and long-term repression.
Profiled on NYC-ARTS, PBS Channels 13 and 21 in New York, February 23-26.