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Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s and 1920s
February 15 – September 13, 2015
The first of its kind outside Ukraine to feature important contributions to the theater arts in the 1910s and 1920s by modernist Ukrainian artists, the exhibition tells the story of an avant-garde that generated innovation, entrepreneurship, and, to a large extent, social engagement with contemporary issues. Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde showcases 125 original art works for the theater by 13 artists, many who were exiled or executed during the Stalinist purges of the 1930s for their perceived political beliefs. The exhibition comprises 142 objects on loan from the collection of the Museum of Theater, Music, and Cinema Arts of Ukraine in Kyiv including art works on paper of costume, set, and makeup design, photographs, and original posters.

Petrykivka: The Soul of Ukraine. Ukraines UNESCO Treasure
Through September 13, 2015 (Extended)
Art works on display for the first time in the U.S.
The artistic beauty and uniqueness of the Petrykivka art style received international recognition. In October 2013, a Petrykivka art exhibit comprised of works by renowned Petrykivka masters was held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, and in December of that year the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage added the Petrykivka art form to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The Tales and Myths of Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern
Through September 20, 2015
Petrovsky-Shtern brings together the color of East European avant-garde, the warmth of Ukrainian folk painting, and the message of traditional Jewish texts. Although Petrovsky-Shterns main fields of interest are history and literature, ranging from the Jewish Middle Ages to Hasidic folklore, from the prose of Gabriel Garcia Marquez to the Ukrainian renaissance of the 1920s, it is on canvas that the depth of his knowledge of various religions and cultures is transformed into a mysterious world of tales and myths.

Heroes for Freedom
Photographs and artifacts
The ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine is vividly understood in this exhibition of photographs and artifacts. Many of the items are on loan from the personal collection of U.S.-born Markian Paslawsky, who became a citizen of Ukraine, and after joining a volunteer battalion, lost his life in the battle for Ilovaisk. This exhibition is a tribute to him, and all the other heroes of the Maidan, and the war in Eastern Ukraine

Pysanka: Guardian of Life
Pysanky from the Museum's permanent collection and glass paintings by Yaroslava Surmach Mills

Life in Wood
Selections of everyday and decorative objects made of wood from the Museum's permanent collection.


Artworks by Zenowij Onyshkewych (b. 1929 in Ukraine), Professor Emeritus of Art at Fairfield University, a prolific artist with a strong connection to nature, known best for his landscapes.
Opening fall 2015

Exhibition of artworks by women of Ukrainian descent
Opening October 2015

Critically acclaimed painter and printmaker Jacques Hnizdovsky (1915-1985).
His career had its origins in Ukraine and culminated in the United States; the exhibition will place special emphasis on his oil paintings.
Opening December 2015

"Kozak Mamai" paintings by Orest Skop
Opening January 2016





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