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Archipenko - Torso in Space ABOUT THE MUSEUM 
Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964)
Torso in Space, ca. 1935, bronze, 10x27x5 in. 

The establishment of The Ukrainian Museum is considered by many to be one of the finest achievements of the Ukrainian immigrants in the United States. The Museum was founded in 1976 by the Ukrainian National Women's League of America, Inc. (UNWLA), and its purpose is to preserve, interpret and present the rich cultural heritage of the Ukrainian people. Through exhibitions, scholarly study and documentation, educational programs publications and community related events, the Museum shares the remarkable scope and diversity of the Ukrainian culture with its public. 

The Museum functions as an independent entity, governed by a Board of Trustees, members of which are elected from the membership ranks and the UNWLA. A permanent charter from the Education Department of the State University of New York was granted to the Museum in 1993. 

The Ukrainian Museum maintains the following collections: folk art, fine arts, and photographic/documentary. Its permanent, changing and traveling exhibitions are developed from these collections and from loans from other museums or private collections. Major exhibitions are accompanied by a bilingual informative, illustrated catalogue. The institution's educational program offers courses and workshops in traditional Ukrainian folk crafts, designed both for adults and children, and includes lectures as well as various cultural events as part of a community outreach program. 

To reach as broad an audience as possible, many Museum exhibitions are designed to travel. One of the most popular exhibitions "The Lost Architecture of Kiev" (1984) depicted in large blown-up photographs, the ancient city's architectural landmarks, mainly churches, which were destroyed by the Soviet government in the 1930s. This exhibition was viewed by audiences in various major cities in the United States and Canada. Another popular exhibition "To Preserve a Heritage: The Story of the Ukrainian Immigration in the United States," reveals, in photographs, the life of the Ukrainian immigrant community in the United States during the past one hundred years. After many tours throughout the country, this exhibitions is currently traveling in Ukraine. 

Among the major exhibitions organized by The Ukrainian Museum were: "Traditional Designs in Ukrainian Textiles" (1978); "Masterpieces in Wood: Houses of Worship in Ukraine" (1982); "Treasures of Early Ukrainian Art: Religious Art of the 16th-18th Centuries" (1989); "Ukraine 5000-4000 BC Treasures of the Trypillian Culture" (1991); "Borshchiv, Its Folk Art, Customs and Traditions" (1994); "Jacques Hnizdovsky 1915-1985: Retrospective Exhibition" (1995); "The Changeless Carpathians. Living Traditions of the Hutsul People" (1995); "The Preservation of a Heritage: The Village of Uhryniv of the Sokal Region" (1997); "Alexander Archipenko. Alexis Gritchenko: Graphic Works by Alexander Archipenko and Oil Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings by Alexis Gritchenko" (1998), "Guardian of the Past-Hryhorij Lohvyn: Architectural Monuments of Ukraine in Photographs by H.N. Lohvyn" (1999) and "The Creative Legacy of Vasyl Hryhorovych Krychevsky" (1999). 

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