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Revolution of Dignity. Art Exhibit: Images from Ukraine's Maidan, 20132014
February 15 – May 28, 2017 (EXTENDED!)


The Kyiv Maidan of 2013-2014 wrote both a vivid and a tragic page in the book of world history. Time and distance will allow for a more profound analysis, and in particular for multifaceted artistic reflection. The art that spilled out on Independence Square during that winter deserves special study and attention, however. A powerful, spontaneous creative energy flooded Kyiv's squares and streets and permeated the Internet; it changed and formed a new dimension within society and the country.

The Maidan protests in the winter of 2013-2014 spurred an enormous outpouring of creative expression among participants and supporters, within Ukraine and across the global community: from visual art to musical productions, from performances to poetry. These creative works invoked the joys and the horrors of protest and inspired the current exhibition, which is presenting visual art from the following Kyiv artists throughout the US and Ukraine: Julia Beliaeva, Gleb Vysheslavskyy, Anton Hauk, Olena Golub, Marianna Honcharenko, Andriy Yermolenko, Nick Zavilinskyi, Marian Luniv, Olexa Mann, Roman Mykhailiuk, Anastasia Nekypila, Maria Pavlenko, Ivan Semesyuk, Andrey Sidorenko, Tetiana Rusetska, Irena Khovanets, and Oksana Chepelyk.

While the featured works were created in many mediums, including painting, collage, embroidery, and photography, this exhibition presents all the works in printed form. This is quite symbolic: among the Maidan's huge explosion of art forms and genres, posters and prints were the most effective at conveying a strong message, and the most popular. Presenting the works of these artists in print form is the defining concept of this exhibition. It has also allowed the organizers to present the exhibition in various cities, universities, and institutions and to forego prohibitive transportation and insurance costs. Today's technology also allows the exhibition to be shown in several places at the same time.

The Ukrainian Museum is the exhibition's first location in New York, the fifth in the U.S., and the fourteenth overall. At each location, a new poster of one of the 17 artists has advertised the exhibition. The Ukrainian Museum poster is composed of prints from Andriy Sydorenko's video When the Lie Loses Power.

This traveling exhibition owes its success to the work of a team of dedicated international professionals from the Fulbright Program, the Ukrainian Fulbright Circle, the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center, Kyiv, and the Modern Art Research Institute of the National Arts Academy of Ukraine.

 


 

About the Museum

The Ukrainian Museum acquires, preserves, and exhibits articles of artistic or historic significance to the rich cultural heritage of Ukrainian Americans; its collections include thousands of items of folk art, fine art, and archival material. At its founding in 1976 by the Ukrainian National Womens League of America, the Museum was hailed as one of the finest achievements of Americans of Ukrainian descent. Since then, and particularly since its move in 2005 to a new, state-of-the-art building in Manhattans vibrant East Village, it has become known as one of the most interesting and dynamic smaller museums in New York City. Each year, the Museum organizes several exhibitions, publishes bilingual (English/Ukrainian) catalogues, and presents a wide range of public and educational programs, including concerts, films, lectures, courses, workshops, and special events.

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