The Ukrainian Museum e-News

October 2010

In this issue

· Better hurry! Mazepa exhibition closes this month
· Just for Families ‒ Crafting Culture Workshop Oct. 17
· More Mazepa Mania on the Calendar!
· In the gift shop
· Meet the author: historian Timothy Snyder Oct. 22
· Save the date! Modernism in Kyiv Nov. 12
· Become a Wedding sponsor!
· Now showing …
· Coming soon …
· Around the Museum: Mazepa Mania!

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Have you seen Ukraine‒Sweden yet?

Last chance! Mazepa exhibition closes October 31

Flag with the coat of arms of Hetman Ivan Mazepa and the Starodub Colonel Mykhailo Myklashevsky (composite image of both sides). 16901696. Silk. National Military History Museums of Sweden – Army Museum (Armémuseum), Stockholm. Swedish State Trophy Collection

Don't miss this final opportunity to see one of the most-talked-about exhibitions ever ‒ Ukraine-Sweden: At the Crossroads of History (XVII-XVIII Centuries). Known as the Mazepa exhibition, Ukraine-Sweden includes more than 100 priceless Cossack artifacts that have never before been displayed in the U.S. Among other spectacular objects, you will see these great treasures:

  • Battle flags of Hetmans Bohdan Khmelnytskyi and Ivan Mazepa;
  • The bulava (mace) of Hetman Pylyp Orlyk;
  • Ecclesiastical masterpieces commissioned by Mazepa and bearing his coat of arms such as a gold and enamel Gospel, an 11-foot gilded silver enframent for an icon, silver Royal Gates;
  • Historical documents signed by Hetmans Khmelnytskyi and Orlyk, the King of Sweden, and other prominent figures.


    Wednesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. ‒ 5:00 p.m.
    Fridays, October 15, 22, and 29
    11:30 a.m. ‒ 8:30 p.m. Extended hours!

    Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. ‒ 5:00 p.m.

    Guided tours of the exhibition (for groups of 10 or more) may be reserved by calling 212-228-0110 or e-mail Tour fees: $9 for adults; $7 for students (with valid full-time college ID) and seniors; $5 for members; $3 for children and students through high school.


    Just for Families ‒ Crafting Culture Workshop

    Sunday, October 17, 11:30 a.m. ‒ 1:30 p.m.


    Family programs at The Ukrainian Museum are an opportunity for families with children ages 5-12 to learn about Ukrainian culture and arts, participate in a drop-in workshop, and engage in inter-generational learning.

    Explore the flags, letters, and art objects in the Ukraine-Sweden: At the Crossroads of History exhibition and then move on to the workshop to design a personal coat of arms, create a stamp for sealing letters, make a fabric banner, and craft a metal plaque.

    To register, please call 212.228.0110 or send an e-mail to edu(at)

    Fees: $5 per family member/ $3 per Museum member. All materials are provided.

    Download the brochure for more information.

    More Mazepa Mania on the Calendar!

    The closing weeks of Ukraine-Sweden will see a variety of exhibition-related events taking place at the Museum. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Museum. For more detailed information, please visit the Museum's website or call 212.228.0110.


    The Ukrainian Museum, in cooperation with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Ukrainian Wave, and the New York Bandura Ensemble/Bandura Downtown, presents three performances as part of a series entitled "Music from the Age of Mazepa":

    Royal Gates of the Iconostasis of Saints Borys and Hlib Cathedral, Chernihiv (detail). Early 18th century. Courtesy "Ancient Chernihiv" National Architectural Historic Preserve, Ukraine. The Gates were commissioned by Hetman Ivan Mazepa and produced in Augsburg, Germany, by Philipp Jacob Drentwett IV

    Sunday, October 10, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
    Two short solo performances by Roman Turovsky (lute, torban, bandura) in the Mazepa gallery theater.
    Free with Museum admission

    Friday, October 15, 7 p.m.
    "The Ravaged Nest: Ukrainian Historical Song after 1709"
    Concert with Roman Turovsky (lute), Julian Kytasty (bandura), and Andriy Milavsky (winds)
    Tickets: $15; $10 members and seniors; $5 students

    Sunday, October 17, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
    Two short solo performances by Andriy Milavsky (Baroque recorder) in the Mazepa gallery theater.
    Free with Museum admission

    Julian Kytasty has gained international recognition for his work with the bandura. A third-generation bandurist, he integrates a deep and respectful knowledge of his instrument's past with a contemporary musical sensibility. He has performed in venues ranging from the steps of a village church in Brazil to Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has composed for film, theater, and modern dance, as well as for the bandura.

    Andriy Milavsky is an honored graduate of the Kyiv State Conservatory. Formerly the principal clarinetist of the Radio-Television Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, he has toured Western and Eastern Europe with the state orchestras of Kyiv, Moscow, Tartu, and Lviv, performing classical and folk repertoires at major concert halls. A talented multi-instrumentalist, Andriy founded the acclaimed New-York-based folk ensemble Cheres in 1990.

    Roman Turovsky is an accomplished painter, composer, and instrumentalist who appears regularly as a lute soloist and continuo player with the New York Bandura Ensemble, under the direction of Julian Kytasty. In 2008, Turovsky was a recipient of the New York State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grant Award for the purpose of studying kobzar (itinerant epic singer) repertoire with Julian Kytasty.



    Sunday, October 24, 2 p.m.
    "Reflections of Mazepa in World Musical Culture"
    Dr. Lubomyr Hajda, Associate Director, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
    This lecture will provide an overview of musical works in world culture inspired by the legendary travails and historical exploits of Hetman Ivan Mazepa. Based often on well-known, as well as obscure, works of literature and the fine arts, these musical creations span over three centuries of styles (from the Baroque through the Romantic to the avant garde), cover an array of genres (from piano gallops to grand opera), and represent a wide variety of national schools (from Italian to American and Irish to Romanian). The lecture will be illustrated with musical examples.
    Tickets: $15; $10 members and seniors; $5 students


    Ukrainian‒Swedish treaty (in Latin) of the military‒political alliance between Hetman Ivan Vyhovskyi and Charles X Gustavus, King of Sweden (detail). October 6, 1657. Signatures in the image belong to Ukrainian diplomats Yurii Nemyrych, Ivan Kovalevych, and Colonel-Commissar Ivan Fedorovych. National Archives of Sweden

    Saturday, October 30, 5 p.m.
    "From Bohdan to Ivan: Swedish Vector in the Politics of Hetmans"
    Dr. Yurii Savchuk, Senior Research Associate, Institute of History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and curator of Ukraine-Sweden. Please note that this lecture will be given in Ukrainian.
    Reflections on epochs and ideologies, based on documents in Swedish archives.
    Tickets: $15; $10 members and seniors; $5 students

    In the gift shop


    Be sure to pick up your Mazepa exhibition souvenirs at the Museum gift shop! The 229-page, fully illustrated exhibition catalogue is available for just $45 ($40.50 for Museum members); it can also be ordered online. The catalogue makes a beautiful and unique Thanksgiving gift for the host or hostess. The gift shop also carries cards featuring some of the most exquisite items in the exhibition. The cards (blank inside) are sold in sets of 12 or 14, at just $15 per set ($13.50 for members). See them online, or drop by the gift shop during Museum visiting hours, Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30 to 5:00.

    Meet the author ‒ historian Timothy Snyder

    Book launch and signing
    Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
    Friday, October 22, 7:30 p.m.


    Americans call the Second World War "The Good War." But before it even began, America's wartime ally Josef Stalin had killed millions of his own Ukrainian citizens ‒ and kept killing them during and after the war. Before Hitler was finally defeated, he had murdered six million Jews and nearly as many other Europeans. At war's end, both the German and the Soviet killing sites fell behind the iron curtain, leaving the history of mass killing in darkness.

    Bloodlands is a new kind of European history, presenting the mass murders committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes as two aspects of a single history, in the time and place where they occurred: between Germany and Russia, when Hitler and Stalin both held power.

    Beginning with Ukraine's Holodomor (the Great Famine of 1932-33 engineered by Stalin and his administration), Snyder painstakingly details the horrors later inflicted upon Belarusians, Poles, and Jews.

    "For both Hitler and Stalin, Ukraine was more than just a land of milk and honey. It was the place that would enable them to break the rules of traditional economics, rescue their countries from poverty and isolation, and remake the continent in their own image. Their programs and their power all depended upon their control of its fertile soils and its millions of agricultural laborers. In 1933, Ukrainians would die in the millions, in the greatest artificial famine in the history of the world. This was the beginning of the special history of Ukraine, but not the end. In 1941, Hitler would seize Ukraine from Stalin, and attempt to realize his own colonial vision. The Stalinists colonized their own country, and the Nazis colonized occupied Soviet Ukraine: and … Ukraine suffered and suffered. During the years that both Stalin and Hitler were in power, far more people were killed in Ukraine than anywhere else in the bloodlands, or in Europe, or in the world."

    – Timothy Snyder, Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

    Assiduously researched, deeply humane, and utterly definitive, Bloodlands will be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history.

    Copies of Bloodlands, which is due to be released on October 12, will be available for purchase at the Museum on the day of the book launch. The evening will conclude with a wine-and-cheese reception.

    Tickets: $15; $10 members and seniors; $5 students

    Save the date!

    Book launch: Modernism in Kyiv
    Friday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.


    The study of modernism has focused largely on Western cultural centers such as Paris, Vienna, London, and New York. Extravagantly illustrated with more than 300 photos and reproductions, Modernism in Kyiv demonstrates that the Ukrainian capital was a major center of performing and visual arts as well as literary and cultural activity. While arguing that Kyiv's modernist impulse is most prominently displayed in the experimental work of Les Kurbas, one of the masters of the early Soviet stage, the contributors also examine the history of the city and the artistic production of diverse groups, including Ukrainians, Russians, Jews, and Poles.

    Until now a silent presence in Western accounts of the cultural topography of modernism, multicultural Kyiv is restored here to its historical, intellectual, and artistic complexity. Excerpts from the works of artists, writers, and critics, as well as the numerous illustrations, help give life to the exciting creativity of this period. The first book-length examination of this subject, Modernism in Kyiv is a breakthrough accomplishment that will become a standard volume in the field.

    Several of the book's contributors will be on hand for the book signing, including its editors, Irena R. Makaryk, professor in the Department of English at the University of Ottawa, and Virlana Tkacz, artistic director of the Yara Arts Group in New York. Authors Myroslav Shkandrij of the University of Manitoba, Myroslava Mudrak of Ohio State University, Gennady Estraikh of New York University, Mayhill Fowler of Princeton, and Maria Ratanova of Harvard, are also expected to attend.

    Purchase your copy online now; books will also be available for sale at the Museum during the launch. A reception will follow the book presentation and signing.

    Tickets: $15; $10 members and seniors; $5 students

    Become a Wedding sponsor!


    Sponsorship opportunities for the Museum's greatly anticipated exhibition Invitation to a Wedding: Ukrainian Wedding Textiles and Traditions begin at just $1,000, and the donation is fully tax-deductible. The exhibition, which opens the weekend of December 4 with a special evening for sponsors and members, promises to be another blockbuster Museum event. Curated by Lubow Wolynetz, who oversees the Museum's folk arts collection, Invitation to a Wedding focuses on the wide variety of traditional textiles that are used from the time of betrothal, during the marriage ceremony, and right through the wedding festivities themselves ‒ items such as embroidered ritual cloths (rushnyky) and shirts, traditional wedding headdresses, and even decorations for the korovai (wedding bread).


    Major funding for the exhibition Invitation to a Wedding was provided by The Coby Foundation, with additional funding from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). However, significant funding is still required to cover the full expense of mounting this major exhibition. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Museum's administrative director, Daria Bajko, at 212.228.0110 or Your sponsorship will be acknowledged in numerous ways: on the invitations to the exhibition opening, on a list of sponsors at the entrance to the exhibition, and in the exhibition catalogue. This is a unique opportunity to sponsor a very special exhibition; please consider taking advantage of it.

    Now showing …

    Ukraine–Sweden: At the Crossroads of History (XVII–XVIII Centuries)
    LAST CHANCE! Closes October 31


    Mazepa in Print
    LAST CHANCE! Closes October 31


    No Other Home: The Crimean Tatar Repatriates
    LAST CHANCE! Closes October 31


    Pysanka: The Ukrainian Easter Egg
    Through November 28


    Coming soon …

    New Acquisitions
    Selected Paintings and Sculptures

    Opens this month


    Invitation to a Wedding: Ukrainian Wedding Textiles and Traditions
    Opens weekend of December 4

    Around the Museum: Mazepa Mania!

    Events accompanying the Ukraine-Sweden (Mazepa) exhibition were all the rage during the month of September.

    Thank you, Branch 113!


    Ukrainian National Women's League of America Branch 113, which sponsored the September 26 lecture "Why Did Sophia Let Her Hair Down?" by Prof. Natalia Pylypiuk, not only prepared a delectable feast for the reception, but also made a generous donation of $1,000 to the Museum. Pictured here Branch 113 members are in front of one of the spectacular objects in the Ukraine‒Sweden exhibition, the enframement (shaty/kiot) of the Chernihiv Troitsko-Illinska Mother of God icon. Our sincere thanks to Branch 113!


    September 24


    Alexander Motyl (photo left), Nadia Kizenko (center), Vasyl Lopukh, and Vasyl Makhno (right) took their audience on a "Mazepa ride" through popular representations of the famed Ukrainian Hetman ‒ from European Romanticism to nineteenth-century American arts and letters to twentieth-century pop culture. The event, "Imagining Mazepa: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous," was an encore presentation of a sold-out May performance.


    September 26


    In a lecture entitled "Why Did Sophia Let Her Hair Down? Representations of Divine Wisdom in the Age of Mazepa," Professor Natalia Pylypiuk of the University of Alberta ‒ Edmonton explored Ukrainian imagery depicting Divine Wisdom in the late 1600s. Her presentation, based on award-winning research, was co-sponsored by Branch 113 of the Ukrainian National Women's League of America.


    October 3


    Harvard University's Professor Serhii Plokhii (photo ‒ bottom right) addressed the topic "Poltava 1709: What If History Missed Its Turning Point?" During the lecture, Professor Plokhii asked ‒ and answered ‒ a variety of fascinating questions, including what would have happened if King Charles of Sweden, and not Tsar Peter I of Muscovy, had emerged victorious at Poltava.

    Also on October 3, in "God's Grace, Which Liberated Ukraine and Ukrainian Literature After (and Before) the Battle of Poltava: The Missing Link," Professor George Grabowicz (photo ‒ top left) of Harvard University examined the first major response to the defeat of Ukrainian aspirations at the Battle of Poltava in a dramatic work (God's Grace, Which Liberated Ukraine, 1728).


    Header image: Gospel (Yevanheliie) ‒ cover commissioned by Hetman Ivan Mazepa (detail). 1701 (1703?). Georgii Frobus (Frobos), master enameler the Golden Palace in the Kremlin (Moscow). Wood, silver, gold. Engraving, goldplating, cloisonné enamel on gold. National Art Museum of Ukraine

    Unless otherwise indicated, all photos © The Ukrainian Museum

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