Special events

The Ukrainian Museum is pleased to present the following Fall 2014 events in conjunction with its exhibition Taras Shevchenko: Poet, Artist, Icon (1814–1861):

Saturday, September 20, 7 pm
“The Locus of Genius: Taras Shevchenko as Poet and Painter”
Illustrated lecture and catalogue presentation by George G. Grabowicz, Professor of Ukrainian Literature at Harvard University and consultative curator of Taras Shevchenko: Poet, Artist, Icon. The exhibition catalogue will be available in the Museum gift shop. Admission (incl. reception) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students.

Saturday, September 27, 7 p.m.
Film “Taras Shevchenko” (1926, silent)
The first Shevchenko biopic. Modernist artist, Vasyl Krychevsky, created the artistic film design; Amvrosiy Buchma plays the lead role. Director: Petro Chardynin, 1926, VUFKU, Ukraine, b&w. Silent; Rus/Eng intertitles, & some Ukr. Music: Oleksandr Saratskyi, 2012. Introduction by Dr. Yuri Shevchuk, Columbia University. Admission (incl. reception) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students

Saturday, October 4, 7 pm
Film “Naimychka” (The Servant Woman)
Tragic opera by M. Verykivsky based on T. Shevchenko’s eponymous poem; 1963 musical production by Dovzhenko Studios in Kyiv in cooperation with the State Film Agency of Ukraine. A young girl, seduced by a lancer, leaves her illegitimate son with a childless family. She then becomes their servant and a part of her son’s life. In the lead role, actress Vira Donska-Prysiazhniuk; vocals by Kyiv Opera soprano Lilia Lobanova. Ukrainian, 82 min. Introduction by Lubow Wolynetz, curator of folk art. Admission (incl. reception) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students.

Friday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.
Film “Taras Shevchenko” (1951, Magicolor)
1951, Directed by Ihor Savchenko
“Magicolor,” 113 min.
Language: Ukrainian

This biopic stars Serhiy Bondarchuk, who later directed the Academy Award-winning epic film War and Peace. Kyiv Studio, Ukraine. Ukrainian (no subtitles). Introduction by Dr. Yuri Shevchuk, Columbia University.

“Sergei Bondarchuk, in the title role, remains almost consistently believable. And K. Sorokin, as a corporal who befriends him during exile, is splendid. Principally because of their low-key emoting in the final scenes, the misery and loneliness of an army outpost are conveyed perfectly.” – The New York Times, July 28, 1952.

Admission (incl. reception) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students.

Thursday, October 23, 6 p.m.
“Shevchenko Poetry Slam!”
Everyone’s a poet tonight! Audience members get to read, perform, or orate their favorite Shevchenko poems in Ukrainian, English, or any other language (his work has been translated into some 60 languages!). Alexander Motyl will emcee.

Get into the beat by wearing your black beret, turtleneck, and dark glasses. It’s an informal evening – no pressure! Join in or just drop in to hear the words of the great bard and Father of the Ukrainian Nation. Alexander Motyl will emcee. FREE with Museum admission ($8 adults; $6 seniors and students)

Friday, October 24, 1-6 p.m.
Forum — Taras Shevchenko and the Ukrainian Weltanschauung
Forum on Shevchenko’s influence on the Ukrainian language and literature, as well as the national and social consciousness in Ukraine and abroad, and his meaning for contemporary Ukraine and its future. Presentations will be made by leading scholars such as Dr. Taras Hunczak, Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science, Rutgers University, Dr. Michael Naydan, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Penn State University, Dr. Anna Procyk, Professor of History, Kingsborough College, City University of New York, among others, with the participation of socio-political activists and the Ukrainian community.

The working languages at the forum will be Ukrainian and English. The Ukrainian Museum is co-sponsoring this event, which is being coordinated by Dr. Volodymyr Zaryckyj, Director of the Educational Council of the Ukrainian World Congress.

Admission (incl. reception, gallery access) is $15 (+$10 for evening event); $10 for members and seniors (+$5 for evening event); $5 for students.
Reservations required! Call the Museum at 212-228-0110.

Friday, October 24, 7 p.m.
Performance and Reading of Shevchenko’s Finest Poetic Works
Ivan Bernatsky, Artistic Director of Ukrainian Studio of Drama in New York, will present a rendition of Shevchenko works in Ukrainian. Keynote presentation by a special guest from Ukraine.

Admission (incl. reception, gallery access) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students.

Saturday, October 25, 7:30 p.m.
Concert, film: “Shevchenko’s Sources. 2014”
Bandura Downtown artistic director Julian Kytasty will present music and images from the upcoming film Dzherela Shevchenka 2014, which chronicles a musician’s journey in the troubled late summer of 2014 through landscapes and sites associated with Taras Shevchenko. He will be joined by Kyiv poet Taras Malkovych, who will present a selection of new texts and video by young Ukrainian poets who address the same sources and themes, and dancer Inka Juslin will provide “translation in movement” to complement English translations prepared especially for this performance. Admission (incl. reception, gallery access) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students.

Sunday Oct 26 2014, 3-5 pm
“The Art of Taras Shevchenko: Style, Genre, Meaning”
Roundtable discussion with Zirka Filipczak, J. Kirk T. Varnedoe 67 Professor of Art, Williams College; Jaroslaw Leshko, President Emeritus, The Ukrainian Museum, Professor Emeritus, Smith College; Nicholas Sawicki, Assistant Professor of modern and contemporary art history, Lehigh University; Renata Holod, College for Women Class of 1963 Term Professor in the Humanities, and Curator History of Art Dept., Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania. Admission (incl. reception, gallery access) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students.

Saturday, November 1, at 6 pm
Lecture, Poetry, Performance — Ira Aldridge and Taras Shevchenko
Ira Aldridge, the British stage legend, and Taras Shevchenko are the subjects in this presentation, which will feature an introduction by award-winning Broadway performer and director André De Shields, a lecture by Bernth Lindfors, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Texas, author of a 4-volume set of books on I. Aldridge, and Virlana Tkacz with the Yara Arts Group, that will present excerpts from “Dark Night Bright Stars,” an original theatre piece on Taras Shevchenko and Ira Aldridge. Aldridge’s portrait by Shevchenko is among the original art works in the Museum’s current exhibition Taras Shevchenko: Poet, Artist, Icon (1814–1861).

The biography Ira Aldridge by Sergei N. Durylin, edited by Bernth Lindfors, will be available in the Museum’s gift shop.

Saturday, November 8, at 7 pm
“‘Fight and you shall overcome!’ Shevchenko as Revolutionary in Today’s Ukraine”
An evening of poetry, music, and images dedicated to Ukraine’s ongoing struggle for freedom and depicting the revolutionary, militant side of Taras Shevchenko. In Ukrainian and English. Readings by Vasyl Makhno and Alexander Motyl; images by Vasyl Lopukh. Admission (incl. reception, gallery access) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students.

Sunday, November 16, 2 p.m.
Competition – Recitation of Taras Shevchenko’s Poetry
For the upper class students of Ukrainian language schools in the tri-state area. Additional details to be announced.

Friday, December 5
Film “The Dream” (“Son”), 1964
Director Volodymyr Denysenko’s interpretation of Taras Shevchenko’s satirical poem written in 1844 during his so-called “Try Lita” (Three Years) period. Exposing Russian Tsarism as a ruthless and authoritarian regime, the poem led to Shevchenko’s arrest and 10-year exile. Ivan Mykolaichuk, future icon of Ukrainian cinematography, in the leading role. Introduction by Dr. Vitaly A. Chernetsky, University of Kansas. Admission (incl. reception) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students.

The Ukrainian Museum’s film series and traditional arts programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.