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 ·  NYC exhibition explores works of woodcut artist Hnizdovsky. By Ula Ilnytzky (Associated Press) (Mar 29, 2016)
 ·  NYC Exhibition Explores Works of Woodcut Artist Hnizdovsky (The New York Times/Associated Press) (Mar 29, 2016)
 ·  Exhibition: Jacques Hnizdovsky: Content and Style. Evolving Perspectives (Feb 26, 2016)
 ·  The Ukrainian Museum's Exhibition Catalogue Receives Prestigious College Art Association's 2016 Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums (Feb 8, 2016)
 ·  Exhibition: The Ukrainian Diaspora: Women Artists 1908–2015 (Oct 18, 2015)
 ·  Exhibition: Sixty Years an Artist: A Retrospective Exhibition of Works by Zenowij Onyshkewych (Sept 27, 2015)
 ·  Exhibition: Petrykivka: The Soul of Ukraine, Ukraines UNESCO Treasure (May 4, 2015)
 ·  Exhibition: The Tales and Myths of Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern (March 15, 2015)
 ·  Exhibition: PYSANKA: Guardian of Life (March 13, 2015)
 ·  Exhibition: Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s and 1920s (January 28, 2015)
 ·  Exhibition: Yara at 25: Looking Back/Moving Forward (January 20, 2015)
 ·  Exhibition: We Are All Ukraine. Art by Waldemart Klyuzko (May 10, 2014)
 ·  Exhibition: TARAS SHEVCHENKO: POET, PAINTER, ICON (1814-1861) (April 16, 2014)
 ·  Exhibition: In Shevchenko's Land (March 28, 2014)
 ·  Exhibition: PROPAGANDA AND SLOGANS: The Political Poster in Soviet Ukraine, 1919-1921 (October 25, 2013)
 ·  Two Holodomor Exhibitions: Give Up Your Daily Bread and Evocations, works by Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak (October 10, 2013)
 ·  Professor Renata Holod elected Board president. Annual Meeting recap, July 22, 2013
 ·  Exhibition Out of Tradition: Contemporary Decorative and Applied Art, April 28–September 29, 2013 (April 1, 2013)
 ·  Kinofest NYC 2013 Festival Lineup and Film Premieres Announced. Fourth annual festival takes place April 4–7 (March 1, 2013)
 ·  Ron Kostyniuk: Art As Nature Analogue, Constructivist sculpture exhibition (October 21, 2012)
 ·  A Singular Vision: Ilona Sochynsky, Retrospective of Painting, an exhibition of contemporary art (May 13, 2012)
 ·  Kinofest: Film Festival of the Best New Cinema From Ukraine and Other Post-Soviet Nations (5/3/12, Huffington Post)
 ·  Ukrainian Film Festival, Kinofest NYC, Plumbs the Post-Soviet Era (5/2/12, New York Times)
 ·  East Village Film Festival Highlights Ukrainian Culture (5/2/12, DNA Info)
 ·  NYU East Village Reporter: Ukrainian Museum Celebrates Easter (4/9/12)
 ·  See the Museum's pysanky on the "Eggstravaganza" episode on ABC's "The Chew" (4/5/12)
 ·  New York Times Video: Dye-Hards Decorate Easter Eggs at Ukrainian Museum (3/30/12)
 ·  NYC-ARTS features The Ukrainian Museum's exhibition Borys Kosarev: Modernist Kharkiv, 1915-1931 (2/23/12)
 ·  Ukrainian Kilims: Journey of a Heritage at The Ukrainian Museum (1/30/2012)
 ·  Antiques on Camera and Behind Every Door. UKRAINIAN WEAVINGS (1/26/12, NY Times)
 ·  First Ever Exhibition of Kosarev Works Presented at The Ukrainian Museum (12/3/2011)
 ·  During Time of Celebration and Uncertainty, Ukrainian Museum Kicks Off Fall Season (9/26/11, NY Times)
 ·  Museum welcomes new president (8/1/11)
 ·  Jewelry Designer Anna Sheffield Shops at the Ukrainian Museum (6/10/11, Racked)
 ·  New exhibition The Worlds of Sviatoslav Hordynsky (5/13/11)
 ·  New exhibition Inside Chornobyl (4/17/11)
 ·  New exhibition Opanas Zalyvakha: The Road to Truth (1/23/11)
 ·  A festive opening for Invitation to a Wedding (12/6/10)
 ·  - - -: 𳿻 (9/13/10)
 ·  (6/8/10)
 ·  An Opening Weekend fit for a Hetman (5/1/10)
 ·  Kinofest NYC (3/3/10)
 ·  A Visit to the Ukraine via New York (2/28/10)
 ·  Visit from President Yushchenko (9/22/09)
 ·  Annual Meeting (6/13/09)
 ·  Spring Gala (4/1/09)
 ·  Art Review (1/24-25/09, International Herald Tribune
 ·  Showman Who Dabbled in Many Modernisms by Ken Johnson (12/26/08, NY Times; review of the David Burliuk exhibition)
 ·  Vessel of Life [Sosud Zhizni] (6/21/07, Russian Bazaar)
 ·  Spring 2007 Newsletter (PDF)
 ·  Decorating eggs for Easter — Ukrainian style (4/6/07, ABC News)
 ·  The Art of Pysanky (4/5/07, TheStreet.com)
 ·  The Ukrainian Museum Hosts Minister Tarasiuk and High Ranking Diplomats (9/23/06)
 ·  Managing the Archaeological Heritage at the National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos (9/15/06)
 ·  TREE OF LIFE. By N.F. Karlins (2/21/06, ArtNet)
 ·  Morris Sato Studio Creates Innovative Installation for Alexander Archipenko Exhibition (3/27/05)
 ·  AUDIO - VOA report and interview with President of The Ukrainian Museum (time marker 10:35 for 5 min.)
 ·  Museum awarded IMLS grant (10/19/04)
 ·  Annual Meeting (June 2003)
 ·  Post WWII DP Camps (3/11/03)
 ·  Topping Out At The Ukrainian Museum's Top Project (12/8/02)
 ·  Government of Ukraine Extends Offer of Support to The Ukrainian Museum in New York City (3/11/02)
 ·  Building a dream: construction of the new Ukrainian Museum gets underway (2/3/02)
 ·  Who Built The Ukrainian Museum? (10/7/01)
 ·  Museum Signs Building Contract (8/2/01)
 ·  Annual Meeting of The Ukrainian Museum (June 2001)
 ·  Phone-A-Thon a Success at The Ukrainian Museum
 ·  Ukrainian Museum Receives $500,000 from Self Reliance NY Federal Credit Union
 ·  The Ukrainian Museum Receives Major Gift
 ·  The Ukrainian Museum's Malanka 2001
 ·  The Ukrainian Museum's ANNUAL MEETING 2000
 ·  Spring 2000 Newsletter
 ·  Steckiw Collection
 ·  To Preserve a Heritage
 ·  Bikathon for Building Fund
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September 17, 2017 – February 25, 2018

The exhibition Prints and Paintings by Bohdan Borzemsky: Retrospective at The Ukrainian Museum celebrates Bohdan Borzemsky (b. 1923 in Kolomiya, Ukraine) by showcasing a selection of works that represent the various styles and aspects developed by the artist during his long and prolific creative career. Curated by Olena Martynyuk, Ph.D. Candidate, Rutgers University, the exhibition will be open to the public from September 17, 2017 through February 25, 2018.


Over the years, Borzemsky developed several distinct styles that have become facets of his creative aesthetic. His solid education in painting and drawing – received both in Ukraine and in the US – enabled the artist to become fluent in a wide range of themes and techniques: from portraits to still lifes and landscapes in oil, acrylic, and watercolor, as well as woodcuts and color prints produced using his own paper-cut technique. A moderate modernist, Borzemsky balances a decorative approach and pure painterliness with certain realistic details in his expressive images of flowers, birds, mountains, wood churches, and Hutsul people dressed in national attire.

Borzemsky was always true to his regional Carpathian culture, but he was also devoted to the preservation of the larger Ukrainian cultural heritage, which is not accidental given his instruction by Mykhailo Osinchuk at the Lviv Academy of Art during World War II. Byzantine icons, at once universal and modern, and mosaics, widespread in the Byzantine-rite churches of his Ukrainian youth, were both sources of inspiration for Borzemsky. The influence of this ancient and exquisite art form was particularly evident in Borzemsky’s work after he moved to the US in 1947 and graduated from the graphics department of The Cooper Union in New York in 1951.

Prints and Paintings by Bohdan Borzemsky: Retrospective includes paintings and prints on loan from the Ukrainian Museum and Library of Stamford (CT), works on loan from the artist and other private collections, and from the permanent collection of The Ukrainian Museum.





CIM A transformative exhibition of contemporary art (Dec 7, 2016)

December 11, 2016 – September 3, 2017

100 X 70"

CIM is an exhibition that plays on the notion of the collective, and what cultural and ethnic topographies bind first and second generation Ukrainian-American and Ukrainian born artists from the New York City area. The word "CIM" means "seven" in Ukrainian, and this exhibition convenes seven individual experiences as a collective of artists working in a wide range of styles and media. The seven contemporary artists participating in this group exhibition are Luba Drozd, Adriana Farmiga, Maya Hayuk, Roman M. Hrab, Yuri Masnyj, Christina Shmigel, and Marko Shuhan. CIM will be open to the public from December 11, 2016 through September 3, 2017.

Finding a thread to connect the artists and their practices can sometimes prove to be elusive in group shows. The artists in this show produce work that ranges from the abstract to the representational to the conceptual, from object-based to installation scale work, incorporating drawing, painting, sculpture, and video and sound. Despite this variance, a dialogue bridging the aesthetic, the figurative, the tangible and the intangible is established between the artists and the works chosen for this exhibition by guest curator Roman Hrab.

"It's exciting to be in an exhibition of fellow artists who are alive, young, and full of next-generation vitality," said exhibiting artist Maya Hayuk. "It's one of the most innovative, progressive, and conceptually challenging exhibitions The Ukrainian Museum has ever seen, thanks to the incredible curatorial vision of Roman Hrab and Museum Director Maria Shust. This exhibition also happens to come at a time when our world and the most basic paradigms of 'reality' seem to be in a free fall. To celebrate what we've accomplished as well as those generations before us gives me peace and hope for the future as simply a human."

A softcover, color illustrated, bi-lingual (English and Ukrainian) catalogue titled CIM accompanies the exhibition. In addition to the guest curator's introduction, the catalogue includes transcripted interviews with the seven participating artists conducted by Olena Chervonik, Daniel W. Dietrich II Curatorial Fellow in Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art. The one-on-one interaction between artist and commentator serves to amplify the viewer's discourse with the exhibited works of art.

Read more about the exhibition and participating artists.


The Ukrainian Museum's Exhibition Catalogue Receives Prestigious College Art Association's 2016 Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums

New York, NY
February 8, 2016

Photos l-r: (1) Myroslava Mudrak and DeWitt Godfrey; (2) Olha Ivanova; (3) Myroslava Mudrak, the award for Tetiana Rudenko is visible in the foreground

The 2016 Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions went to the team of co-curators Myroslava M. Mudrak and Tetiana Rudenko for the catalogue Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s and 1920s, which accompanied the exhibition of the same name that had been organized by The Ukrainian Museum in New York in cooperation with the Museum of Theater, Music, and Cinema Arts of Ukraine in Kyiv, and had been shown at The Ukrainian Museum from February 15-October 4, 2015.

The Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for museum scholarship was established in 1980 in honor of the founding director of the Museum of Modern Art and scholar of early-twentieth-century painting. This award is presented to the author or authors of an especialy distinguished catalogue in the history of art, published in the English language under the auspices of a museum, library, or collection. In 2009, the College Art Association (CAA) established a second Barr award for the author(s) of catalogues produced by smaller museums, libraries, and collections with an annual operating budget of less than $10 million. The 2016 award year covers catalogues published between September 1, 2014, and August 31, 2015, and The Ukrainian Museum congratulates Myroslava M. Mudrak and Tetiana Rudenko for achieving such a distinction and becoming the newest recipients of this prestigious award.

Myroslava M. Mudrak accepted the juried award for herself and on behalf of Tetiana Rudenko at a ceremony that took place during Convocation at the 104th Annual Conference in Washington, DC, on Wednesday evening, February 3, 2016, led by DeWitt Godfrey, president of the CAA Board of Directors. Olha Ivanova, counselor for cultural affairs at the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States of America, attended the ceremony, and took part in handing the award to Myroslava M. Mudrak.

Prof. Mudrak thanked the Association and members of the Jury for the recognition and used the occasion to point out the larger implications of the award, especially drawing the public's attention to the current situation in Ukraine as it struggles to realign itself with Western values. "There are parallels to be drawn between the 1920s, as covered by our exhibition, and the threat of regression faced by the current forces of politics. Then, an entire generation was lost to Stalin's cleansing; our exhibition, drawn from the largest collection of Ukrainian theater design in the world, sought to honor their unfettered artistic spirit." She thanked the staff and the Board of The Ukrainian Museum, most especially its Director, Maria Shust, for their tireless efforts in producing quality exhibits. She also thanked Lidia Lykhach of Rodovid Press for her cooperation in the production of the catalogue.

The Jury consisting of David Dearinger, Boston Athenaeum, Chair; Kelly Baum, Princeton University Art Museum; Alison de Lima Green, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Peter Sturman, University of California, Santa Barbara; and Thayer Tolles, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, cited the pioneering qualities of research presented in the catalogue and underscored its revelatory significance, as it brought to light an understudied and often overlooked chapter of European Modernism. The Jury also pointed out that one of the achievements of the contributors' scholarship on the Ukrainian avant-garde of the first decades of the twentieth century is that it makes clear that "these artists, filmmakers, dancers, scenographers, theater directors, and costume designers deserve to be considered alongside their better known counterparts in the Paris and the Russian avant-gardes. Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s and 1920s stands as a model of the rich insights to be gained from interdisciplinary, cross media investigations that are grounded in the study of primary documents and concrete social history."

Myroslava M. Mudrak is Professor Emerita, Department of History of Art at The Ohio State University. She has curated many exhibitions and authored a number of books, the most recent one being the catalogue of The Ukrainian Museum's exhibition Borys Kosarev. Modernist Kharkiv 1915-1931 (Rodovid Press, 2011). She studies Modernism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in relation to philosophical and stylistic developments of the West.

Tetiana Rudenko is Chief Collections Manager of the Museum of Theater, Music, and Cinema Arts of Ukraine in Kyiv. Among her other publications is a coauthored book on Anatol Petrytsky titled Anatol Petrytskyi. Teatralni stroi ta dekoratsii zi zbirky Muzeiu teatralnoho, muzychnoho ta kinomystetstva Ukrainy (2012).

The Exhibition Catalogue


Color illustrated, bi-lingual (English and Ukrainian), 276-page, softcover catalogue Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s and 1920s.

The publication features critical essays by consultative curators Myroslava M. Mudrak and Tetiana Rudenko, and includes contributions by these acknowledged experts: Nicoletta Misler, Professor of Russian and East European Art at the Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples (University of Naples); John E. Bowlt, Professor, Department of Slavic Languages at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Director of the Institute of Modern Russian Culture, and specialist in the history of modern Russian art; Valentyna Chechyk, Professor, Department of Art History and Theory at Kharkiv State Academy of Art and Design (Ukraine); Hanna Veselovska, Professor at the Department of Theater Theory and Criticism, the Karpenko-Karyi National University of Theater, Cinema, and Television in Kyiv; Mayhill Fowler, Stetson University, Department of History, specializing in the cultural history of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe.

The catalogue, priced at $49, is available in the Museum shop and online.

Essays in the catalogue:

  • From the Easel to the Stage Set: The Avant-Garde Painter and the Theater by Myroslava M. Mudrak
  • Vadym Meller: Missionary of Avant-Garde Scenic Design by Tetiana Rudenko
  • A Total Play of the Body: The Art of Movement and the Ukrainian Stage by Nicoletta Misler
  • Scenic Transformation and the Ukrainian Avant-Garde by John E. Bowlt
  • Gordon Craig, Avant-Garde Art, and Ukrainian Scenography of the Late 1910s by Valentyna Chechyk
  • On the Path to Innovation and Experiment: Ukrainian Theater Direction of the First Third of the Twentieth Century by Hanna Veselovska
  • Berezil: Theater as Institution in Soviet Ukraine by Mayhill Fowler


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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