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PYSANKA: Guardian of Life

March 25 – September 3, 2017


New York City, March 20, 2017 – Spring has finally arrived and Easter is just around the corner, together ushering in the season for making pysanky (Ukrainian decorated eggs) and for reviving ancient Ukrainian traditions signifying the renewal of life. The Museum is preparing to open its annual exhibition of pysanky that are drawn from its extensive collection. This year's breathtaking display is composed of colorful arrangements of nearly 400 of the oval gems, in addition to a selection of decorative rushnyky (woven ritual cloths), and thematic glass paintings by Yaroslava Surmach Mills. Pysanka: Guardian of Life opens to the public on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

The parade of pysanky in the exhibition shows the wide range of regional styles with their rich array of color palettes and assortment of motifs. Known the world over for their intricate, vibrant designs, handcrafted pysanky are made using raw eggs, dyes, and beeswax in a wax-resist technique, similar to the batik method used on cloth. The very precise process results in beautifully ornamented eggs with detailed geometric, floral, and animal designs, each with its own symbolic meaning.

The art of creating Ukrainian pysanky (from the word pysaty – to write) has been handed down from generation to generation. This ancient practice, whose roots span the ages from the pagan era to modern Christianity, is taught in workshops being offered by the Museum each year prior to Easter. Students learn the art using traditional methods.

For one day only (April 8) visitors of all ages will have an opportunity to watch artists proficient in this art form in action as they create pysanky. In addition to the demonstrations, the award-winning short film Pysanka by Slavko Nowytski will be shown continuously from 1-5 p.m.

The Ukrainian Easter Traditions workshop on April 1, for students age 16 and older, offers hands-on training in baking Easter breads and other traditions related to the holiday.

Workshops fill up fast. Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Call 212-228-0110 to book a seat. Museum members receive discounted rates.


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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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