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Crossroads: Modernism in Ukraine, 1910 - 1930 Shows Avant-garde Works

Vsevolod Maksymovych. Kiss. 1913. Details...

July 22 -- October 15
Exhibit Hall, Chicago Cultural Center

This outstanding exhibit of 21 Ukrainian avant-garde artists includes over 70 works gathered by Professor Dmytro Horbachov and Nikita Lobanov-Rostovsky from private collections, the National Art Museum of Ukraine, the Theatre Museum, the Museum of Folk Art of the Ukraine, and the Art Museum of Dnipropetrovsk. Anatolii Melnyk, General Director of the National Art Museum of Ukraine, provided organizational assistance in Ukraine and John Bowlt, Professor at the University of Southern California, served as editor of the exhibition catalog.

The international avant-garde movement that reached its peak during the first three decades of the twentieth century included many influential and innovative artists from Ukraine. As elsewhere in the former Soviet Union, these artists were often persecuted and executed in the 1930s and their works were banned or destroyed. According to local experts, nearly 2,000 of these works were confiscated by the government during the late 1930s, and only 300 remain today. This exhibition presents the best of these works, many of which have only recently been viewed outside of Ukraine.

Writing in the exhibition catalog, Mr, Lobanov-Rostovsky noted: “This exhibit is designed to show an American audience the talent and unique nature of Ukrainian avant-garde art and to help understand that the artists are, indeed, Ukrainian, not Russian, a difference not always appreciated in the West. Moreover, the exhibition is equally important because it will also help Ukrainians acquaint themselves with their own cultural heritage.”

The exhibition has been organized by the Foundation for International Arts and Education with the National Art Museum of Ukraine. It is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Kyiv Committee of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program. The national tour is sponsored by The Boeing Company, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, Nour USA Ltd., Konstantin Grigorishin and Aerosvit Airlines. Additional financial support has been provided by Oleksandr Tabalov, Mykola M. Shymone, Dean Buntrock and Chadbourne and Park, LLP.



Sukher Ber RYBAK (1897-1935). City. 1917. Details...

Sukher Ber RYBAK (1897-1935). City. 1917. Details...


The public is invited to learn more about the exhibition with a full schedule of events listed below that have been organized to accompany the exhibition. All are free, unless otherwise noted.

Gallery Talk
Thursday, August 17, 12:15pm
Exhibit Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
With Jane Friedman, Chicago-based independent scholar.

Contemporary Ukrainian Cinema Festival
Wednesday, August 23 – Friday, August 25, 7:30pm
Gallery 37 Rooftop, 66 E. Randolph Street
This festival features a selection of some of the best works by Ukrainian filmmakers produced over the last five years with film introductions by Dr. Yuri Shevchuk, lecturer of Ukrainian language and culture at Columbia University and founder and director of the Ukrainian Film Club of Columbia University. The festival is organized by the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Kyiv Committee of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program, with participation of the Ukrainian Film Club and the Ukrainian Studies Program of Columbia University.

Tickets to the opening night of the film festival, catered by Fox and Obel, are $15. The remaining nights of the film festival are free, but tickets are required. To order tickets, please call 312-742-TIXS (8497) or visit www.ticketweb.com.
Wednesday, August 23 – Mamay (Dir. Oles Sanin, 2003, 80min.)
Thursday, August 24 – Ukrainian Short Narrative Films
Friday, August 25 – Ukrainian Documentary Films

Ukrainian Modernism, Identity, and Nationhood: Then and Now
Wednesday, September 27, 6pm
Exhibit Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
This discussion explores the parallels in Ukrainian art and culture during two pivotal eras, and the affects of the nation's recently-achieved sovereignty and dueling influences from Western Europe and Russia.

Gallery Talk
Thursday, October 5, 12:15pm
Exhibit Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
With Gregory Knight, Deputy Commissioner/Visual Arts, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

Special Lunchbreak Performance
Thursday, October 5, 12:15pm
Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center
Ukrainian pianist Alex Slobodyanik performs Chopin’s Scherzo op. 10 b Flat Minor, Lev Revutsky’s 5 Preludes and Prokofiev’s Sonata # 7.

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Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs: 312-744-6630

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