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GUARDIANS OF LIFE:
Pysanky (Easter Eggs) and Wooden Churches of Ukraine

March 4 – October 13, 2019

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Ukraine's timber architecture and Ukrainian pysanky (decorated eggs) both date from the country's pre-Christian pagan past. The primary building material of ancient Ukraine was timber, and buildings were constructed using a layered solid-timber technique known as blockwork or log construction. The images in this exhibition demonstrate how churches differed stylistically from region to region. Sadly, all of the remarkable church buildings of Ukraines southeast were demolished by the Bolshevik regime in the 1930s.

The pysanka display demonstrates regional styles associated with the photographs of the wooden churches. Known the world over for their intricate, vibrant designs and motifs with their rich array of colors, handcrafted pysanky are made using raw eggs, dyes, and beeswax in a wax-resist technique, similar to the batik method used on cloth. The process results in beautifully ornamented eggs with detailed geometric, floral, and animal designs, each with its own symbolic meaning.

The Museum's annual exhibition of pysanky, drawn from its extensive permanent collection, is highlighted by thematic glass paintings by Yaroslava Surmach Mills.

 


 

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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