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September 28, 2019
Closing event for the exhibition Full Circle: Ukraine’s Struggle for Independence 100 Years Ago, 1917-1921
and presentation of the exhibition catalogue

Exhibition catalogue presentation by the curator Dr. Yurii Savchuk, Senior Researcher, Institute of History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Remarks about the exhibition by Prof. Anna Procyk, Professor Emerita in the Department of History, Philosophy, and Political Science at Kingsboro Community College, City University of New York

The event was held in conjunction with the Museum's exhibition FULL CIRCLE: Ukraine's Struggle for Independence 100 Years Ago, 1917-1921.

Pavlo Gintov, piano
Denys Savelyev, flute

Works by Michael Hayvoronsky, Ludwig van Beethoven, Sergiy Bortkievich, Zhanna Kolodub, Zhanna Kolodub, Mykola Lysenko


May 4, 2019
Sobornist’: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the "Great Re-Unification" of Ukrainian Lands

The Ukrainian Museum, the Center for US-Ukrainian Relations, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America joined in partnership to present a special Ukrainian Historical Encounters Series event entitled "Sobornist’: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the ‘Great Re-Unification’ of Ukrainian Lands."

The conference was comprised of six focus sessions featuring eminent Ukrainian and US scholars tasked to take a fresh, critical look at the first modern attempt by Ukrainians to gather their major ethnographic lands into one unified national state in what has been dubbed as "Akt Zluky" (January 22, 1919). Discussions centered on the 20th century legacy of the endeavor as well as reflections upon the issues of "territorial integrity" facing present day Ukraine.

Zenon Wasyliw [Ithaca College]
Anna Procyk [KC/City University of New York]
Volodymyr Birchak [Center for the Study of the Ukrainian Liberation Movement]
Lubomyr Hajda [Harvard University]
Andrij Kohut [Archive of the Security Service of Ukraine
Marianna Budjeryn [Harvard University]
Valeriy Kuchynskyi [Columbia University]
Phillip Karber [Potomac Foundation/Georgetown University][DONBAS]
Huseyin Oylupinar [Harvard University] [CRIMEA]
Serhii Kvit [Head of the National Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance]

The conference was held in conjunction with the Museum's exhibition FULL CIRCLE: Ukraine's Struggle for Independence 100 Years Ago, 1917-1921.


April 24, 2019

Special presentation by Kateryna Pavlova, Head of the International Cooperation and Public Relations Department of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management, in conjunction with the anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster (April 26, 1986).

The video Chronicle of Severe Days with footage shot during the "liquidation" following the nuclear reactor meltdown was shown as part of the presentation.


February 15, 2019

· Prof. ALEXANDER J. MOTYL, Rutgers-Newark, NJ. Guest co-curator of Endangered Species
· ADAM HARRIS, Ph.D., National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY;
· Prof. JAROSLAW LESHKO, Smith College in Northampton, MA. Guest co-curator of Endangered Species;
· Prof. PAUL ROBERT MAGOCSI, University of Toronto;
· Prof.ELAINE RUSINKO, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, MD

Organized to coincide with the 107th College Art Association Annual Conference in New York City and the exhibition ANDY WARHOL ENDANGERED SPECIES.


OCTOBER 27, 2018
Book Presentations and Signing
Meet the authors Alexander J. Motyl and James Warhola for an informal talk about the artist ANDY WARHOL, who, as it happens, was James Warhola’s uncle.

ALEXANDER J. MOTYL, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers-Newark, guest co-curator of the exhibition Andy Warhol: Endangered Species (2018) and author of the novel Who Killed Andrei Warhol: The American Diary of a Soviet Journalist by Oleksandr Ivanov (2007, 2018).

JAMES WARHOLA, artist, writer and book illustrator for major publishing houses, author and illustrator of books for children Uncle Andy’s: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol (2003) and Uncle Andy's Cats (2009).

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Andy Warhol: Endangered Species.

MAY 20, 2018
Book Presentation and Signing
Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe (2018, Basic), a gripping story of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that marked the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union. Poignant and fast paced, Chernobyl is the definitive history of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.
Meet author Serhii Plokhy

Serhii Plokhy is Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard University and Director of the Ukrainian Research Institute. He is the author of
· The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union
· The Gates of Europe
· The Man with the Poison Gun
· Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire


APRIL 22, 2018
Book Presentation and Signing
THE ROAD TO UNFREEDOM: Russia, Europe, America (Tim Duggan Books, 2018)

Timothy Snyder is the Levin Professor of History at Yale University and the author of On Tyranny, Black Earth, and Bloodlands. His work has received the literature award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Hannah Arendt Prize, and the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding.


MARCH 3, 2018
Dialogue with ANDRIY SADOVYY, Mayor of Lviv (Ukraine)
THE FUTURE OF UKRAINE and current challenges on the way to democracy

Having made a successful business career in media and electrical engineering Andriy Sadovyy is now serving a third term as a mayor of Lviv, one of Ukraine’s most progressive cities. In 2004 he established NGO Samopomich, which in 2012 grew into all-national political party Samopomich Union which received third place in national parliamentary elections. Mr. Sadovyy was also a founder of Institute of City Development NGO; head of the supervisory council of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytskyy Cultural Foundation of Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church (2000-2002) and member of Ukrainian-Polish Unification Council.

January 28, 2018
Book Presentation and Signing
The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution
Meet author Marci Shore

Dr. Marci Shore, Associate Professor of History at Yale University and award-winning author of Caviar and Ashes and The Taste of Ashes, has spent much of her adult life in Central and Eastern Europe.

November 4, 2017
Book Presentation and Signing
Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation; From 1470 to the Present
Meet author Serhii Plokhy

At 7 p.m. author Serhii Plokhy will present his latest book “Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation; From 1470 to the Present” (2017, Basic). Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and attempt to seize another portion of Ukraine are the latest iterations of a centuries-long effort to expand Russian boundaries. An authoritative and masterful account of Russian nationalism, “Lost Kingdom” chronicles the story behind Russia's belligerent empire-building quest.

October 26–29, 2017
Ukrainian Heritage Consortium of North America Conference

Preserving and making accessible the rich collections of Ukrainian American archives and museum collections was the focus of a three-day conference titled "Conservation and Preservation" held by the Ukrainian Heritage Consortium of North America (UHCNA) that took place October 27-29. The conference provided a unique opportunity for member organizations to get exposure to professional-level museum, archive and library procedures. This year’s biennial conference was cohosted by the Ukrainian History and Education Center (UHEC) in Somerset, N.J., and The Ukrainian Museum in New York City.

October 22, 2017
Book Presentation and Signing
Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine
Meet author Anne Applebaum

Join us at 2 p.m. for a presentation with author Anne Applebaum, who will talk about her critically acclaimed book “Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine” (2017, Penguin Random House), in which she argues that ... Ukrainians ... perished not because they were accidental victims of a bad policy but because the state deliberately set out to kill them.

March 12, 2017, 2:00 pm

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964)
Ukrainian, English subtitles; 92 min.

Guest Curator Dr. Florica Zaharia, former Conservator in Charge, Textile Conservation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Lubow Wolynetz, Folk Art Curator, The Ukrainian Museum, will speak about Carpathian Echoes: Textile Materials and Technology in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania and Ukraine at the closing event for this exhibition.

Immediately following the lecture, Ms. Wolynetz will introduce the classic film Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965) by Sergei Parajanov.

"The Ukrainian film Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors won almost every award in sight on the 1964 film festival circuit. But it’s become even more important in recent years, as a reminder not only of a talented director – Sergei Parajanov – but also of the restrictive Soviet approach to the arts… For anyone who’s interested in the Ukrainian culture and customs of perhaps a century ago, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is a treasure, a repository of costumes, masks, superstitions and beliefs, courtship customs and the sufferings of short lives with too much work in them.
Roger Ebert, 1978

March 10, 2017 at 7 pm
Book Presentation and Signing
The Man with the Poison Gun: A Cold War Spy Story
Meet author Serhii Plokhy

"The Man with the Poison Gun" is available now in The Ukrainian Museum's shop.

In the fall of 1961, KGB assassin Bogdan Stashinsky defected to West Germany. After spilling his secrets to the CIA, Stashinsky was put on trial in what would be the most publicized assassination case of the entire Cold War. The publicity stirred up by the Stashinsky case forced the KGB to change its modus operandi abroad and helped end the career of Aleksandr Shelepin, one of the most ambitious and dangerous Soviet leaders. Stashinsky's testimony, implicating the Kremlin rulers in political assassinations carried out abroad, shook the world of international politics. Stashinsky's story would inspire films, plays, and books—including Ian Fleming's last James Bond novel, The Man with the Golden Gun.

A thrilling tale of Soviet spy craft, complete with exploding parcels, elaborately staged coverups, double agents, and double crosses, The Man with the Poison Gun offers unparalleled insight into the shadowy world of Cold War espionage.

About the Author
Serhii Plokhy is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard and the director of the university's Ukrainian Research Institute. The prize-winning author of nine books, including The Last Empire and The Gates of Europe, Plokhy lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

February 17, 2017 at 7 pm
Launch of the English-language publication

Kazimir Malevich. Kyiv Period 1928–1930

Moderated by Myroslava M. Mudrak, Professor Emerita, The Ohio State University, on the present state of art history publishing in the field of Ukrainian modernism and the avant-garde.

Contributions by:

  • Lidia Lykhach, Director, Rodovid Press
  • Tetiana Filevska, Principal Researcher and writer, Rodovid Press, Kyiv, Ukraine. Researcher, Kazimir Malevich. Kyiv Period
  • Prof. Wendy Salmond, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Department of Art, Chapman College. Translator and Editor Kazimir Malevich. Kyiv Period
  • Dr. Jared Ash, Assistant Museum Librarian, Slavic and Special Collections, Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Nicholas Sawicki, PhD, Associate Professor of Art History Department of Art, Architecture and Design Lehigh University
  • Dr. Vita Susak, Art Historian, author of several monographic studies of Ukrainian modernism including Ukrainian Artists in Paris, 1900-1939 (Rodovid, 2010)
  • Olena Martynyuk, PhD Candidate, Rutgers – State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
  • Maria Shust, Director, The Ukrainian Museum

A display of newly discovered archival documents related to the teaching method of Kazimir Malevich at the Kyiv Art Institute.

Presentation and book signing of the English language publication of Kazimir Malevich. Kyiv Period 1928-1930. Rodovid Press.

February 16, 2017 at 7 pm

Moderated by Olena Chervonik, Daniel W Dietrich II Curatorial Fellow in Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The panel will feature CIM artists:

  • Luba Drozd
  • Adriana Farmiga
  • Roman Hrab
  • Yuri Masnyj
  • Christina Shmigel
  • Marko Shuhan

Artist and guest curator Roman Hrab, along with Olena Chervonik, will moderate a discussion with the artists of CIM, and the artwork on view.

The discussion will be an extension of the studio visits and interviews conducted for the catalog. Topics to be discussed will include individual studio practices and how they relate to the collective identity presented in the exhibit.

November 20, 2016 at 2 pm
Book Presentation and Signing
Meet the author IRENA KOWAL
Introduction by Dr. Yuri Shevchuk (Columbia University)

A true-life novel, DISPLACED is a tragicomic blend of historical fiction, fantasy, and farce. The daughter of displaced Ukrainian émigrés, Irena led a sheltered life in America with a mentally ill father and guilt ridden, anxious mother. In the chaos of WWII and Soviet occupation, her infant brother Orest was left with his grandparents who were exiled to Siberia. Orest remained in the village, an abandoned child of "enemies of the people." In August of 1969, brother and sister, both in their twenties, meet in Moscow for the first time. They will travel across Soviet Ukraine, a trip that will change their lives forever.

October 15, 2016 at 7 pm
Book Presentation and Signing
Ardor and Vanishing Points

ARDOR: or How would-be Nobel Prize winner C. Milosz enjoyed the high life with low life in Italy, hobnobbed with a Viktor Yanukovych look-alike, and met his Muse on the rooftop of the Duomo
by Alexander J. Motyl (Author), Anna Faktorovich (Designer)
Softcover: 130 pages
Publisher: Anaphora Literary Press (2016)
Language: English

Chester Milosz, a very minor American poet who teaches at a very minor American college and aspires to win the Nobel, receives an invitation to a meeting of global high-flyers at the Otto Nabokov Foundation's Ardor Haus estate in Caravaggio, Italy. The organizers are Dickey Lemon, a British billionaire who made his fortune in hamster bedding, and Joe Zsasz, an ex-communist functionary-turned-international consultant. The participants are a sundry collection of business people, policymakers, journalists, and academics involved in shady dealings with a corrupt Eastern European president who closely resembles Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovych. Chester decides to go in the hope that a trip to northern Italy will help overcome his writer's block. While at Ardor Haus, he experiences cultural misunderstandings, comic misadventures, near-encounters with inspiration, and three earthquakes. It eventually dawns on Chester that he's been confused with the Nobel Prize winner, Czeslaw Milosz, and that the conference is an elaborate scam. After a major earthquake destroys Caravaggio, Chester finds his Muse on the rooftop of the Duomo in Milan.

Vanishing Points
by Alexander Motyl
Paperback: 114 pages
Publisher: Aldrich Press (2016)
Language: English

"If Alexander Motyl’s poems are metaphysical, it’s primarily because they deal with the quivering sensation of things passing. At the same time, the poet’s language is suffused with names and places and is, thus, inextricably connected to real life. It’s as if experience and memory were playing tennis, forcing us, the readers, to pay close attention to the players and divine the rules of the game. Cityscapes resound with the living voices of people, family histories focus on loss, and the falling of leaves “makes my heart soar with boundless levity.” —Vasyl Makhno, poet, 2013 recipient of Serbia’s Povele Morave Prize in Poetry

"If Alexander Motyl’s “Nowhere can be somewhere/and somewhere can be nowhere” writes Alexander Motyl in his new collection Vanishing Points. He shows us loss in country after country. Changing landscapes in life until it fades, but doesn’t vanish. These poems would make a beautiful film, threads of life that never end. Beautiful images of yearning that stays with the eyes."—Gloria Mindock, poet

"If Alexander Motyl’s "Alexander Motyl takes the reader on a journey from Vienna to New York through history with a literary vision and poetic rhythm. The speaker of these lively poems embraces cities and venues with trepidation and lustful abandon as if they were capricious lovers; contemplates composers, historical characters and saints with the ease of a long lost neighborhood friend. Poem to poem, wry humor and a sense of loss converge, taking to task that which stays and that which changes."—Dzvinia Orlowsky, poet, 2007 winner of the Pushcart Prize

Alexander J. Motyl is a writer, painter, and professor. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2008 and 2013, he is the author of eight novels, Whiskey Priest, Who Killed Andrei Warhol, Flippancy, The Jew Who Was Ukrainian, My Orchidia, Sweet Snow, Fall River, and Vovochka. Motyl's artwork has been shown in solo and group shows in New York City, Philadelphia, and Toronto and is part of the permanent collection of two museums. He teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and is the author of six academic books and numerous articles.

September 11, 2016 at 2 pm
Curators' Gallery Talk

Ukraine's Money and Postage Stamps as Symbols of Statehood
Dr. Yuri Savchuk, Guest Curator, In Metal, On Paper
Prof. Bohdan Kordan, Guest Curator, Money, Sovereignty and Power

Gallery Talk with the guest curators of two exhibitions commemorating the 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence:

Yuri Savchuk, PhD, Senior Research Associate at the Institute of History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, will present In Metal, On Paper: Coins, Banknotes, and Postage Stamps of Independent Ukraine, 1991-2016;
In Metal, On Paper: Coins, Banknotes, and Postage Stamps of Independent Ukraine, 1991-2016 is comprised of coins, banknotes, stamps, and other collectibles from Ukraine. The objects will be displayed in specially designed cases with dramatic lighting. The exhibition is accoompanied by a bi-lingual catalogue and brochure.

Bohdan Kordan, Professor and Director of the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, will discuss Money, Sovereignty and Power: The Paper Currency of Revolutionary Ukraine, 1917-1920.
Money, Sovereignty and Power: The Paper Currency of Revolutionary Ukraine, 1917-1920 presents a collection of primarily banknotes, stamps, and other collectibles from early 20th century Ukraine. The symbols found in the paper currency of independent Ukraine in the early 20th century consciously connected with Ukraine's historical past to invoke precedence and to encourage a narrative of political continuity. Collectors, historians, art lovers, and children will enjoy this exhibition of vintage paper currency. It is accompanied by a bi-lingual catalogue and brochure.

May 22, 2016 at 2 pm
with Prof. Jaroslaw Leshko, Guest Curator, Professor Emeritus of Art, Smith College

Lecture in conjunction with the exhibition JACQUES HNIZDOVSKY: Content and Style. Evolving Perspectives. Prof. Jaroslaw Leshko has written extensively on the life and work of Hnizdovsky. In this lecture Prof. Leshko reveals his new theory about Hnizdovsky's early works and their connection to the woodcuts of the German painter and engraver Albrecht Dürer.

April 24, 2016 at 2 pm
Book Launch
"When the Forest was Our Father" (Koly lis buv nash bat'ko)

The memoirs of Maria Labunka; a vivid description of her days as a member of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. Presented by Prof. Marta Bohachevsky Chomiak, a leading scholar in Ukrainian women's history, "When the Forest was Our Father" is published in Ukrainian.

April 19, 2016 at 7 pm

Journalist and TV producer, author of the critically acclaimed book Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia (2014), nominated for Guardian First Book Award, Samuel Johnson Prize, Pushkin House and Gordon Burn Prize (translated into over ten languages including Ukrainian), and Propagandalands (2016). Pomeranzev testified in the U.S. Senate, Congress and the British Parliament on propaganda over Ukraine, and he gave the inaugural lecture at the Ukrainian Catholic Universtity in Lviv in 2015.

March 6, 2016 at 2 pm
Ukrainian Culture and Identity after the Revolution of Dignity

by Dr. Yuri Shevchuk
Lecturer of Ukrainian language at Columbia University’s Department of Slavic Languages

Dr. Shevchuk has lectured on the issues of the Ukrainian language, culture, identity and cinema at major universities in the U.S. and Europe. His appearances on Ukrainian TV and radio have provoked a lively public discussion.

January 31, 2016 at 2 PM
Book Launch

The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine
with author Serhii Plokhy (Harvard University)
Book signing follows the Q&A

Ukraine is currently embroiled in a tense fight with Russia to preserve its territorial integrity and political independence. But today’s conflict is only the latest in a long history of battles over Ukraine’s territory and its existence as a sovereign nation. As the award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy argues in The Gates of Europe, we must examine Ukraine’s past in order to understand its present and future.

Situated between Central Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, Ukraine was shaped by the empires that used it as a strategic gateway between East and West—from the Roman and Ottoman empires to the Third Reich and the Soviet Union. For centuries, Ukraine has been a meeting place of various cultures. The mixing of sedentary and nomadic peoples and Christianity and Islam on the steppe borderland produced the class of ferocious warriors known as the Cossacks, for example, while the encounter between the Catholic and Orthodox churches created a religious tradition that bridges Western and Eastern Christianity. Ukraine has also been a home to millions of Jews, serving as the birthplace of Hassidism—and as one of the killing fields of the Holocaust.

Plokhy examines the history of Ukraine’s search for its identity through the lives of the major figures in Ukrainian history: Prince Yaroslav the Wise of Kyiv, whose daughter Anna became queen of France; the Cossack ruler Ivan Mazepa, who was immortalized in the poems of Byron and Pushkin; Nikita Khrushchev and his protégé-turned-nemesis Leonid Brezhnev, who called Ukraine their home; and the heroes of the Maidan protests of 2013 and 2014, who embody the current struggle over Ukraine’s future.

As Plokhy explains, today’s crisis is a tragic case of history repeating itself, as Ukraine once again finds itself in the center of the battle of global proportions. An authoritative history of this vital country, The Gates of Europe provides a unique insight into the origins of the most dangerous international crisis since the end of the Cold War.

About the Author
Serhii Plokhy is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky professor of Ukrainian history at Harvard and the director of the university’s Ukrainian Research Institute. In June 2013 he was named Walter Channing Cabot Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He has served on the advisory committees of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard. He also serves on the editorial boards of Russian History, East European Politics and Societies, Harvard Ukrainian Studies, and the Journal of Ukrainian Studies. Plokhy is the author of nine books, including The Last Empire and Yalta, which won the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Foundation Prize.


Financial Times
“An assured and authoritative survey that spans ancient Greek times to the present day.”

Foreign Affairs
“No one can understand today’s sad, tangled confrontation over Ukraine without some knowledge of the complex, crosscutting influences that have shaped eastern Europe over the millennia. For that history, readers can find no better place to turn than Plokhy’s new book…Plokhy navigates the subject with grace and aplomb.”

Washington Post
“A vigorous polemic in the classical sense of that word – a sharply focused argument in support of a debatable point of view.

Michael Ignatieff, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
“This is present-minded history at its most urgent. Anyone wanting to understand why Russia and the West confront each other over the future of Ukraine will want to read Serhii Plokhy's reasoned, measured yet passionate account of Ukraine's historic role at the gates of Europe.”

Peter Pomerantsev, author of Nothing is True and Everything is Possible
“Finally: a compelling and concise history of a country leading the news but which too many know embarrassingly little about. There are no more excuses for ignorance.”

John Herbst, former US Ambassador to Ukraine
“Serhii Plokhy offers a short yet comprehensive history of Ukraine that contextualizes Mr. Putin’s current policies as aggression against the wishes of the Ukrainian people, as well as the order established at the end of the Cold War. A pleasure to read, The Gates of Europe will take those familiar with the Moscow narrative on a mind expanding tour of Ukraine’s past.”

January 30, 2016 at 6 pm
Ukrainian Activist Art in a Time of War (2014-2015)

by Nazar Kozak
National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine; Shevchenko Scientific Society’s Orest & Maria Hladky Fund grant recipient

A Ukrainian Museum and Shevchenko Scientific Society presentation

In spring 2014 Russia invaded Ukraine, occupying Crimea peninsula, and inflaming an armed revolt in the Donbas. Ukrainian artists responded to the situation with many engaging project merging art and activism. To offer just one example: in summer of 2014 in Ukrainian city of Donetsk occupied by Russia-backed fighters Sergiy Zakharov was practicing an extreme form of street art installing political caricatures in public spaces aiming to manifest his dissent. He was kidnapped and kept in basements for two months. After his release Zakharov fled to Kyiv and continued his work as an activist artist even running an election campaign in the city of Mariupol. This lecture will discuss how artists address the war issues while their country struggles to survive.

Dr Nazar Kozak is a senior researcher in the Department of Art Historical Studies in the Ethnology Institute at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Kozak’s research focuses on political and religious iconography. He has published a monograph about the portraits of rulers in the art of Kyivan Rus’. In the last year he developed an interest in contemporary activist art in Ukraine. In February 2016 he will present on this topic at College Art Association Annual conference in Washington D.C.

November 22, 2015 at 2 PM
Book Presentation
New Imaginaries: Youthful Reinvention of Ukraine’s Cultural Paradigm

with author Marian Rubchak

This event is presented by The Ukrainian Museum in cooperation with the Ukrainian National Women's League of America.

This book brings together in English translation a collection of scholarly work by young Ukrainian researchers offering innovative perspectives on the pressures that were mounting in Ukraine in the pre-2014 arenas of feminist engagement, contention and dissent. Dedicated to the women of the Maidan, this work will serve as a baseline for charting and assessing Ukraine's future.

* Foreword – Dr. Martha Kichorowska Kebalo, WFUWO Main Rep to UN/ECOSOC
* Book presentation – Dr. Marian J. Rubchak, Sr. Research Professor of History at Valparaiso University
* UNWLA representative: UNWLA Women's Studies Lectureship at the Ukrainian Catholic University, L'viv, Ukraine
* Q&A
* Book signing and reception (books will be available for purchase)


“Instead of pointing out how ‘different’ Ukrainian feminism/gender studies/women's studies is from ‘Western’ (or other) feminisms, this volume has potential to contribute to our understanding of the exciting and complex ways that feminist thought travels as one of the most important ‘ideascapes’ (à la Appadurai) of our time.” – Sarah D. Phillips, Indiana University

“All the chapters comprise intelligent, well-researched discussions of inherently significant issues in Ukraine [and] relevant to a number of societies and cultures throughout the world.” – Michael Naydan, Penn State University

“… [the chapters] convincingly illustrate cultural shifts that occurred in Ukraine since independence and fit a paradigm of New Imaginaries, as envisioned by the editor, namely bringing to light those qualities that are often associated with postcolonial societies and labeled as cultural hybridity.” – Maria G. Rewakowicz, University of Washington

Having been spared the constraints imposed on intellectual discourse by the totalitarian regime of the past, young Ukrainian scholars now engage with many Western ideological theories and practices in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom and uncensored scholarship. Displacing the Soviet legacy of prescribed thought and practices, this volume’s female contributors have infused their work with Western elements, although vestiges of Soviet-style ideas, research methodology, and writing linger. The result is the articulation of a New Imaginaries – neither Soviet nor Western – that offers a unique approach to the study of gender by presenting a portrait of Ukrainian society as seen through the eyes of a new generation of feminist scholars.

Marian J. Rubchak is a Senior Research Professor at Valparaiso University. Her work focuses on reimagining Slavic identities in various contexts. She edited the collection Mapping Difference: The Many Faces of Women in Contemporary Ukraine (Berghahn 2011).

November 13, 2015 at 7 PM
Book Launch
Vovochka: The True Confessions of Vladimir Putin’s Best Friend and Confidant

with author Alexander J. Motyl

Welcome to the Kremlin’s phantasmagoric world, where a heady mixture of Orthodoxy, socialism, imperialism, racism, sexism, homophobia, and Mother Russia worship defines and distorts reality. Vovochka is the fictional story of “Vovochka Putin” and his intimate friend—a KGB agent with the same nickname. The two Vovochkas recruit informers in Berlin’s gay bars, spy on East German dissidents, survive the trauma of the Soviet Union’s collapse, fight American, Ukrainian, Jewish, and Estonian “fascists,” and plot to restore Russia’s power and glory. As their mindset assumes increasingly bizarre forms, “Vovochka Putin” experiences bouts of self-doubt that culminate in a weeklong cure in North Korea. A savagely satirical novel, Vovochka is also a terrifyingly plausible account of a Russian president’s evolution from a minor KGB agent in East Germany to the self-styled Savior and warmongering leader of a paranoid state.

“I’ve been actively criticizing Putin in all my academic work since the early 2000s,” says Motyl. “Since 2006 I’ve been insisting that his regime is fascist and that he is a tyrant. His imperialist war against Ukraine was, thus, a direct consequence of his ideology, mindset, personality, and regime. It was at the height of the war, in late 2014, that I resolved to fight Putin, not just with analysis, but also with satire. After all, there’s nothing that narcissistic macho leaders hate more than to be laughed at. Vovochka is, in that sense, a sustained laughing at Russia’s paranoid fascist Führer.”

The book is dedicated “To all the victims of the real Putin’s wars.”

Alexander Motyl is a writer, painter, and professor. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2008 and 2013, he is the author of seven novels, Whiskey Priest, Who Killed Andrei Warhol, Flippancy, The Jew Who Was Ukrainian, My Orchidia, Sweet Snow, and Fall River. His first collection of poetry, Vanishing Points, will appear in the spring of 2016. He has done performances of his fiction at the Cornelia Street Café and the Bowery Poetry Club in New York. Motyl's artwork has been shown in solo and group shows in New York, Philadelphia, and Toronto and is part of the permanent collection of The Ukrainian Museum in New York and the Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre in Winnipeg. His paintings are on display on the Internet gallery, www.artsicle.com. He teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and is the author of six academic books, numerous articles, and a blog on "Ukraine's Orange Blues" on www.worldaffairsjournal.org. Motyl lives in New York City.

September 20, 2015 at 2 PM
SCENOGRAPHY and "BEREZIL," a talk by Bohdan Boychuk

SCENOGRAPHY AND "BEREZIL", a talk (in Ukrainian)
by poet, writer, literary critic,
and New York Group cofounder
BOHDAN BOYCHUK, organized in conjunction with the exhibition Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s and 1920s. More information about the exhibition online.

June 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Concert/lecture: "Jewish Musical Traditions in Ukraine and the Development of the 'Nightsongs' Project" with Michael Alpert and Julian Kytasty

Join us at 7:30 pm for a lecture/performance "Jewish Musical Traditions in Ukraine and the Development of the 'Nightsongs' Project" with Michael Alpert and Julian Kytasty. The artists combine talk, music, and video in this Bandura Downtown special presentation, bringing their audience into the process of their twenty year collaboration leading to the release of their new CD "Nightsongs From a Neighboring Village: Ballads of the Ukrainian and Yiddish Heartland."

Michael Alpert: voice, violin, guitar, accordion Julian Kytasty: vocals, banduras, sopilka (wooden flute)

The music of Night Songs is the expression of two lives spent exploring the what-might-have-beens of musical cultures left in fragments in the aftermath of the twentieth century totalitarian psychosis. From their first day of conversation and music-making, Michael and Julian realized that they had followed similar paths, making their individual musics from bits and pieces they picked up along the way - from old recordings, their own research, and their teachers and surviving tradition-bearers - always striving to strike a balance between recreating the old and creating new, living art. Together, they have let their musical traditions have their own long-overdue conversation and perhaps find unexpected parallels and counterpoints.

Order tickets in advance online. Admission (includes reception): $15; $10 – members, seniors, students

May 3, 2015 at 2 p.m.
The Intellectual As Hero in 1990s Ukrainian Fiction

Presentation by Dr. Mark Andryczyk of his monograph "The Intellectual As Hero in 1990s Ukrainian Fiction" (University of Toronto Press, 2012) and its Ukrainian-language translation "Intelektual iak heroi ukrains'koi prozy 90-x rokiv XX stolittia" (Piramida, 2014). The presentation will be followed by a short musical performance by Yeezhak (Mark Andryczyk, Yaryna Yakubyak), of songs composed to poems written by Ukrainian writers focused on in the monograph.
Admission (includes reception): $15; $10 – members, seniors; $5 – students


April 26, 2015 at 2 pm
Symposium: Experiment, Expression, and the International Scene: The Ukrainian Avant-Garde Stage in the 1910s and 1920s

Presenters include Prof. Mayhill Fowler (Stetson University), Prof. Lynn Garafola (Barnard College), Prof. Irena Makaryk (University of Ottawa), and Virlana Tkacz (Yara Arts Group). Myroslava Mudrak (Professor Emerita, The Ohio State University) will moderate the panel. Admission (includes reception and gallery access) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students.


February 28, 2015
Writing Workshop

Participate in a two-hour workshop focused on writing editorials, letters to the editor, op-ed pieces and more in-depth analytical articles for the US press that get published.

Professor Alexander Motyl, author of a weekly blog on Ukraine, and a frequent contributor to publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, World Affairs, The Huffington Post, CNN, Al Jazeera, Kyiv Post, and others will provide a hands-on, intensive training which will cover:

-How to write effective letters to the editor
-How to write publishable op-ed pieces
-How to write longer analytical articles
-How to maximize your chances of getting published

Registration fees: Adults: $20; Students: $10. Materials required: Laptop


February 15, 2015
Lecture: The Art of Ukraine’s Euromaidan: Changing the Environment of Protest

Presentation by Dr. Nazar KOZAK, Senior Researcher in the Department of Art Historical Studies in the Ethnology Institute at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Admission (includes reception and gallery access) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students.


January 25, 2015
Lecture and book presentation
Kyiv, Ukraine: The City of Domes and Demons from the Collapse of Socialism to the Mass Uprising of 2013-2014

Meet Professor Roman Adrian Cybriwsky, Temple University, who will present a lecture based on his book Kyiv, Ukraine: The City of Domes and Demons from the Collapse of Socialism to the Mass Uprising of 2013-2014 in which he examines fundamental reasons for Ukrainian citizens' anger against the government: the changing social geography of Kyiv, urban development, official corruption, inequality, sex tourism, and destruction of the city's historical architecture. Admission (includes reception and gallery access) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students.


November 15, 2014, 12:00-4:45 pm
Global Maidan

GLOBAL MAIDAN is a conference for civic activists to learn from experts in journalism, comedy, filmmaking, fundraising, and social media. The event is open to everyone so that activists working for social justice anywhere can learn how to make their messages go mainstream.

This is even more important today as the news about Russia invading Ukraine (#RussiaKeepsInvadingUkraine) has become so commonplace that the world has stopped listening. Do you post and share on FB? Do you tweet? Join us this Saturday and learn how to make your messages matter.

Gain insights from media experts such as:
• Emmy Award-winning comedy writer Meredith Scardino (The Colbert Report; Late Show with David Letterman)
• Vann Alexandra Daly, "The Crowdsourceress” who raised millions on Kickstarter for her clients, will share the secrets of her 100% success rate
• Jenny Halper, a producer for Trudie Styler’s Maven Pictures
• Jonathan Schienberg, a producer for 60 Minutes


November 1, 2014, 6 p.m.
Lecture: "Ira Aldridge and Taras Shevchenko"

Lecture presented by Bernth Lindfors, Prof. Emeritus of English, University of Texas, and author of a 4-volume set of books on Ira Aldridge. The award-winning Broadway performer and director, André De Shields, will speak about the importance of Ira Aldridge to American theatre artists, and his impact on him personally. Yara Arts Group will read from “Dark Night Bright Stars,” its original theatre piece about Taras Shevchenko and his portrait of Ira Aldridge.

Q&A and reception will follow the lecture and readings. Admission: $15; members, seniors: $10; students: $5.


October 26, 2014, 3-5 p.m.
Roundtable: "The Art of Taras Shevchenko: Style, Genre, Meaning"

Roundtable discussion with Zirka Filipczak, Professor of Art Williams College; Jaroslaw Leshko, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Smith College; Nicholas Sawicki, Assistant Professor in Art, Architecture and Design, Lehigh University; Renata Holod, Professor, Curator in the Near East Section, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania. Admission (incl. reception, gallery access) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students.


October 24, 2014, 1-6 p.m.
Roundtable: "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. Presenters: Dr. Volodymyr Dibrova, Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, Dr. Taras Hunczak, Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science, Rutgers University, Dr. Michael Naydan, Prof. of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Penn State University, Dr. Anna Procyk, Prof. of History, Kingsborough College, City University of New York, and Dr. Yuri Shevchuk, Columbia University, among others. Eugene Czolij, Esq., President of the Ukrainian World Congress and other socio-political activists and members of the Ukrainian community. The working languages 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 evening event); $10 for members and seniors (+$5 for evening event); $5 for students.


October 12, 2014
Book presentation: Maidan i Tserkva ("Maidan and the Church," Ukrainian only)
Liudmyla Fylypovych, Ed.

A collection of documents and expert assessments providing diverse coverage of the events during Ukraine's "Euromaidan" movement, now called the "Revolution of Dignity". The collection includes a chronology of events, official documents of the Ukrainian Council of Churches and religious organizations, appeals to the religious leaders of the people and the government, informal expressions and comments of believers and pastors, expert assessments by politicians, public figures and religious studies.

Books ($15) will be available for signing.

Admission: $8 (members: $5). Light reception & gallery access included.


September 21, 2014
Book presentation: Fall River
by Alexander J. Motyl

Based on the life stories and personal memories of the author's mother, uncle, and aunt, Fall River, Alternative Book Press (2014), is a multi-dimensional exploration of how family history, Ukrainian roots, and European war shaped the personal destinies of three Ukrainian Americans who were born in Fall River, grew up in interwar Poland, and returned to an America that was as alienating as it was welcoming. Narrated from different, though intersecting, perspectives, Fall River paints a complex portrait of American emigrants forced by fate to become Ukrainian refugees and European immigrants.

Books ($15) will be available for signing.

Admission: $8 (members: $5). Light reception & gallery access included.


September 20, 2014
Lecture: "The Locus of Genius: Taras Shevchenko as Poet and Painter"
, Professor of Ukrainian Literature at Harvard University
and curator of the exhibition TARAS SHEVCHENKO: POET, ARTIST, ICON

Prof. Grabowicz will discuss the interrelation between Shevchenko’s painting and his poetry. Q&A after the lecture.

Catalogues will be available for sale and signing by the curator.

General admission (including reception) is $15; members and seniors $10; students $5. Tickets may be purchased online or, space permitting, at the door.


June 1, 2014
Book: The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union
By Serhii Plokhy

Join us at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, 2014 when Serhii Plokhy, professor of Ukrainian history at Harvard University, will present his new book The Last Empire. The Final Days of the Soviet Union..

In his review for The Wall Street Journal (5/9/14), Tom Nagorski says “Serhii Plokhy’s …book [is] jammed with uncanny parallels to the present day…. [L]osing Ukraine was unfathomable, ‘a nightmare scenario,’ as Yeltsin put it.”

The discussion and Q&A with the audience is bound to be stimulating! Books will be available in the gift shop.

Admission (includes reception and gallery access): $15; $10 members, seniors; $5 students.
Tickets will be available at the door one hour before the show. Book early online: www.ukrainianmuseum.org or call 212-228-0110.

Serhii Plokhy, Harvard University

Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University

Books will be available for sale and signing by the author. General admission (including reception) is $15; members and seniors $10; students $5. Tickets may be purchased online or, space permitting, at the door.

April 26, 2014
Lecture "The Maidan and After: Ukrainian-Jewish Relations in a Ukraine in Crisis"
with Josef Zissels

The Ukrainian Museum is pleased to host an evening with Josef Zissels, World Jewish Congress Vice-President and Chairman, Vaad of Ukraine, this Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7 pm.

Introduction by Adrian Karatnycky, co-director, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter and Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council. Mr. Karatnycky has made many appearances as an expert analyst on news programs covering the crisis in Ukraine.

More about Josef Zissels (photo, right) here:

Also read "Open letter of Ukrainian Jews to Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin"

More about Adrian Karatnycky (photo, left):

Photo: (l-r) Adrian Karatnycky and Josef Zissels pose in the exhibition gallery In Shevchenko's Land.

February 8, 2014
Book: Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations
By Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky

Co-authors Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky will present their book Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations ‒ the inspiring, poignant, and powerful story of the remarkable public-school music teacher Jerry Kupchynsky. Known as Mr. K, the Ukrainian-born taskmaster yelled and stomped and screamed, and drove his students harder than anyone had ever driven them before. Although his life seemed to conspire against him at every turn, through sheer force of will he was able to transform his own heartache into triumph for his students.

The presentation will include readings, visual projections, music excerpts from pieces that play an important role in the book, and a special feature: a beautiful recording of Ms. Kupchynsky, a violinist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, performing Méditation from the opera Thaïs, as well as a recording of the quartet in which both authors played.

Ms. Lipman is an adviser to news organizations such as CNN and Yahoo; she was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Condé Nast Portfolio magazine and a Deputy Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal.

The New York Times Book Review (December 8, 2013) calls Strings Attached  "inspirational…. For those who had a figure like Mr. K in their lives, Strings Attached will resonate. Everyone else will wish they had been so lucky." See also the Wall Street Journal article by Joanne Lipman "Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results" (September 29, 2013).

Books will be available for sale and signing by the authors. General admission (including reception) is $15; members and seniors $10; students $5. Tickets may be purchased online or, space permitting, at the door.

Branch 113 of the Ukrainian National Women's League of America is co-sponsoring this special evening with The Ukrainian Museum.

November 15, 2013
Book: Orwell and the Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm
By Andrea Chalupa

While residing in a displaced persons camp in 1945, young Ukrainian refugee Ihor Ševčenko discovered George Orwell's anti-communist novel, Animal Farm, and was fascinated by its message. With Orwell's permission and encouragement, he translated the book into Ukrainian under the pseudonym Ivan Cherniatynskyi and published it for distribution to other refugees. This story, and its aftermath, is told by Andrea Chalupa in her book Orwell and the Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm. The author is a New York-based journalist and producer who lived for a time in Kyiv and who is well known as a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post.

Andrea Chalupa has just returned from a successful tour across Canada with her book, and will present a new lecture on November 15 (based on her presentation one year ago at the Museum) when she visits us again to speak about her book, life in the DP camps, Ihor Ševčenko ‒ who became a prominent professor of Byzantine history and literature at Harvard University ‒ and George Orwell. Copies of Orwell and the Refugees will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Orwell and the Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm is available for purchase online.


November 5, 2013
Conference presentations: "The Holodomor's Impact on General Political Discourse over the Decades" and "A Tribute to the Pioneers of Holodomor Awareness"

The Museum was the venue for a special program on the theme "The Holodomor's Impact on General Political Discourse over the Decades" and for "A Tribute to the Pioneers of Holodomor Awareness," both of which took place on the first evening of a two-day conference at the Princeton University Club in New York. The conference, "Taking Measure of the Holodomor," a part of the Zenowia & George Jurkiw Ukrainian Historical Encounters Series Program, commemorated the 80th anniversary of the famine-genocide of 1932-1933 by exploring fundamental questions about the atrocity. The evening event was organized with the Museum by Dr. Walter Zaryckyj, UA Historical Encounters Series Program Coordinator.


November 2, 2013
Gallery Talk "Poster Politics in Soviet Ukraine"

Dr. Myroslav Shkandrij, curator of Propaganda and Slogans: The Political Poster in Soviet Ukraine, 1919‒1921, will discuss the exhibition, which demonstrates the political poster as "a weapon...providing vivid and immediately comprehensible propaganda." But, as Shkandrij points out, "the poster was also a powerful medium of artistic expression."


October 20, 2013
Gallery Talk with Artist Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak

Meet Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak, who will lead the audience through a gallery talk about her works in Evocations. Learn what inspired this talented Ukrainian American artist to interpret various dark periods in Ukraine's history, including Holodomor and the Chornobyl disaster.


October 20, 2013
Book: Gareth Jones: Eyewitness to the Holodomor
By Ray Gamache

Ray Gamache, assistant professor of journalism in the department of Mass Communications at King’s College, discussed his new book Gareth Jones: Eyewitness to the Holodomor. This is the first academic study of Gareth Jones, now recognized as one of the first journalists to reveal the horror of the Holodomor.

October 12, 2013
"A Literary Evening"

An evening of poetry by Vasyl Makhno, Gloria Mindock, Dzvinia Orlowsky, and Dmytro Pavlychko (presented by Gloria Mindock); prose by Genia Blum, Askold Melnyczuk, and Alexander Motyl; and a special "Letters" segment featuring Miki Fedun and Anatoly Antonovitch Orlowskyj (presented by Maria Chicha Sestina). The program will be in English, with a few Ukrainian readings, and the authors' books will be available for sale and signing.


October 5, 2013
Book: Gender, Politics, and Society in Ukraine
Olena Hankivsky and Anastasia Salnykova, Eds.

Professor Olena Hankivsky of the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University presented Gender, Politics, and Society in Ukraine, which she co-edited with Anastasia Salnykova, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. The book is the first to examine how political, social, and economic transitions in post-Communist Ukraine are transforming gender roles and relations within the country. It covers such topics as the breakdown of the welfare system, the lack of progress in developing the healthcare system, gender inequality in political representation, the patriarchal nature of nation building, human trafficking, domestic violence, changing conceptions of fatherhood and masculinity, homelessness, and LGBT issues. The evening was co-sponsored by the World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations and the Ukrainian National Women's League of America.

October 2, 2013
Lecture: "30 YEARS IN FIBER"

Lecture by award winning, internationally recognized fiber artist VALYA, who has six works on display in the current exhibition Out of Tradition: Contemporary Decorative and Applied Art (closes October 6).

VALYA is a fiber artist whose artwork has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, at venues such as National Art Museum, Lithuania, Oceanside Museum of Art, USA, Center of Contemporary Art, Ukraine, Visions Art Museum, USA, Betriebsraum Gallery, Austria, Mingei International Museum, USA, Manezh Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia. Her work has been presented in anthology UKRAINIAN ART OF XX TH CENTURY, Ukraine, DECORATIVE ART OF UKRAINE OF THE END OF XX TH CENTURY, 500 ART QUILTS, Lark Book, 500 FELT OBJECTS, Lark Book, among many others. VALYA received several awards and diplomas, including Brakensiek Caught Eye Award at Oceanside Museum of Art and Honorable Mention at Kaunas Biennial TEXTILE’ 11, Lithuania. Born in Ukraine, VALYA now lives and works in USA. In 2006, she opened her studio in Oceanside, CA.

FREE admission

April 26, 2013
Book: The Boy From Reactor 4
By Orest Stelmach

Connecticut-born Orest Stelmach's debut novel, called "phenomenal" and "a top-notch, fast-moving thriller" by reviewers, "will appeal to adrenaline junkies," wrote Stacy Alesi in Booklist magazine, as it "takes the reader from New York to Ukraine [on] a fast ride with lots of thrills." The son of Ukrainian immigrants, the author is donating a percentage of his royalties from The Boy from Reactor 4 to Children of Chernobyl International, which funds volunteer surgical missions to Ukraine to help victims of the nuclear disaster and save children's lives. The book signing coincided with the 27th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster.

Orest Stelmakh website

April 20, 2013
Book: Sweet Snow
By Alexander J. Motyl

Alexander Motyl's latest novel, Sweet Snow, is set in Ukraine in the winter of 1933. While a terrible famine, now known as the Holodomor, rages in the countryside, the secret police are arresting suspected spies in the cities. A German nobleman, a Jewish communist from New York, a Polish diplomat, and a Ukrainian nationalist from Vienna come to share a cell in an unknown prison. One day, as they are being transported to another prison, their van overturns, their guards are killed, and they are freed – to wander amidst the devastated villages, desolate landscapes, and frozen corpses. As they struggle to survive, they come to grips with the horror of the famine as well as with their own delusions, weaknesses, and mortality. Order Sweet Snow online.

Alexander Motyl website

February 1, 2013
Book: Woman in Exile: My Life in Kazakhstan
By Juliana Starosolska; translation by Marie Ulanowicz

The Ukrainian National Women's League of America (UNWLA) co-sponsored this presentation of the translation of Rozkazhu Vam pro Kazakhstan, Juliana Starosolska's memoir of her deportation from her parents' home in Ukraine to a distant, primitive outpost in Kazakhstan. Professor Alexander Motyl of Rutgers University, Lidia Slysh, editor-in-chief of the UNWLA's Nashe Zhyttia (Our Life) magazine, and UNWLA president Marianna Zajac joined the book's translator, Marie Ulanowicz (in photo above), in commemorating Ms. Starosolska, the former editor-in-chief of Nashe Zhyttia and a long-time member of the UNWLA, the Ukrainian scouting organization Plast, and The Ukrainian Museum. The Museum initiated this event as a celebration of Juliana Starosolska's life, which had been devoted to Ukraine and to the Ukrainian community.

November 18, 2012
Book: The Holodomor Reader
Alexander J. Motyl and Bohdan Klid, Eds.

Professor Alexander Motyl of Rutgers University introduced the just-published Holodomor Reader (Alexander J. Motyl and Bohdan Klid, Eds.), a unique source book on the Ukrainian famine-genocide of 1932-1933, consisting of important scholarly articles; key Soviet, Polish, and German documents; eyewitness testimonies and journalistic reports; and a wide selection of literature. Published by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, The Holodomor Reader is an indispensable guide to one of the greatest mass killings of the twentieth century. The Holodomor Reader ($35) is available in the Museum gift shop.

The Holodomor Reader is a wide-ranging collection of key texts and source materials, many of which have never before appeared in English, on the genocidal famine (Holodomor) of 1932–33 in Soviet Ukraine. The subject is introduced in an extensive interpretive essay, and the material is presented in six sections: scholarship; legal assessments, findings, and resolutions; eyewitness accounts and memoirs; survivor testimonies, memoirs, diaries, and letters; Soviet, Ukrainian, British, German, Italian, and Polish documents; and works of literature. Each section is prefaced with introductory remarks describing the contents. The book also contains a guide to further reading and a map.

Besides turning a spotlight on this human catastrophe, whose magnitude did not become generally apparent until the Soviet collapse, this book presents ample evidence that the Holodomor was a genocide perpetrated by Joseph Stalin and his henchmen.

November 10, 2012
Book: Orwell and the Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm
By Andrea Chalupa

While residing in a post-World War II displaced persons camp in 1945, a Ukrainian refugee by the name of Ihor Shevchenko discovered George Orwell's anti-communist novel, Animal Farm, and was fascinated by its message. With Orwell's permission and encouragement, he translated the book into Ukrainian under the pseudonym Ivan Cherniatynskyi and published it for distribution to other refugees. This story, and its aftermath, is told by Andrea Chalupa in her book Orwell and the Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm.

Ms. Chalupa, a New York-based journalist and producer who lived for a time in Kyiv, is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and helped launch online videos for Condé Nast Portfolio and AOL Money & Finance. She has regularly reported on-camera for these media outlets and has covered presidential conventions, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Ford Motor Company's Scientific Research Laboratory. For Big Think, she produces a series called Purpose, Inc. ‒ a career column for artists.

Andrea Chalupa spoke about her book, life in the DP camps, Ihor Shevchenko, and George Orwell. Orwell and the Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm is available for purchase online.

October 13, 2012
Book: My Orchidia
By Alexander J. Motyl

Join us Saturday evening, October 13, for the launch of Alexander Motyl's latest book, My Orchidia, a lighthearted novella that explores nothing less than memory, time, history, death, faith, and meaning. It features two talkative characters who take a serious walk through an imaginary Lower East Side in Manhattan, with one of them "remembering" primarily by mangling the historical record of actual people, places, and events. Their conversations give meaning to a seemingly meaningless world in which The Orchidia, a once-famous but now-defunct Ukrainian-Italian restaurant on 9th Street and 2nd Avenue, is the only beacon of hope.

In its heyday, The Orchidia ("Orchie's") was a popular restaurant/bar frequented by Ukrainian Americans of all ages. A Friday night hangout, a meeting place Saturday before heading out to other venues, and a favorite for brunch after Sunday Mass, The Orchidia was a central traffic hub on weekends for many years.

Alexander Motyl is a writer, painter, professor at Rutgers University ‒ and former patron of The Orchidia. Drop by for a fun evening and relive the memories of this corner of "Little Ukraine." Copies of My Orchidia ($10) will be available for sale during the launch, and the author will be on hand to sign books.

* This event was originally scheduled for Friday, October 5.

June 3, 2012, 2 p.m.
Lecture: The Carpet Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Preservation and Display
By DR. FLORICA ZAHARIA, Conservator in Charge, Department of Textile Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Presented in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition UKRAINIAN KILIMS: Journey of a Heritage

April 27, 2012 7 p.m.
Borys Kosarev and Ukrainian Photography

Dr. Tetiana Pavlova, Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts, is flying to New York just to present the lecture "Borys Kosarev and Ukrainian Photography," in conjunction with the Museum's exhibition Borys Kosarev: Modernist Kharkiv, 1915-1931. Kosarev's first documented stills were made during the time of World War I. After the war, he photographed landscapes, trees, temples, people, and streets around Kharkiv, Odesa, and other places. It was quite unexpected for researchers to learn that Kosarev was cameraman Danylo Demutsky's assistant at the filming Oleksandr Dovzhenko's Earth (1930). Kosarev's photography, once relegated to the margins of his creative quests, has now been recognized as having made an important contribution to the history of Ukrainian photographic art. The lecture will include a short film using an unfinished project started by Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), an English photographer important for his pioneering work in photographic studies of motion and in motion-picture projection. Time of the Objects Living in the Shot (Ukraine, 2012) was directed by Svetlana Zinovieva and Aleksandr Balagura.

March 24, 2012
Book: The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us
By Francis Tapon

The Ukrainian Museum joins the Estonian Educational Society and the Lithuanian Consulate in inviting you to an exciting and visual overview of 25 Eastern European countries, including Ukraine.

Tapon devotes a chapter of the travelogue to his experiences and commentary on Ukraine. He uses contemporary transliterations of place names, such as Kyiv and Lviv, delves into Ukraine's history and politics, and describes his travels from the Carpathians, across the steppes to the east, and down to the Black Sea.

The presentation took place at The Estonian House, 243 East 34th Street @ 2nd Ave., New York, NY.


October 30, 2011
Book: Beginner's Ukrainian and lecture "Ukrainian Under Attack in Its Homeland: What Can We Do to Help?"
By Yuri Shevchuk

Join us at 2 p.m. on October 30 as Dr. Yuri Shevchuk of Columbia University presents a talk entitled "Ukrainian Under Attack in Its Homeland: What Can We Do to Help?" and introduces his new textbook, Beginner's Ukrainian.

Over the past decade, assimilationist pressures on Ukrainian in its homeland have grown exponentially, in all spheres, and in ever newer forms. Dr. Yuri Shevchuk will analyze the current language situation in Ukraine and the challenges it presents for teaching Ukrainian as a foreign language in North American universities as well as to thousands of foreign students who receive their training in Ukraine. Dr. Shevchuk's recently published textbook Beginner's Ukrainian offers new strategies aimed at restoring the Ukrainian language to the role and status it has been rapidly losing in Ukrainian society.

Copies of Beginner's Ukrainian (Hippocrene Books, 448 pages, $35) will be available for sale and signing by Dr. Shevchuk after his lecture.


April 2, 2011
Book: The Jew Who Was Ukrainian or How One Man's Rip-Roaring Romp through an Existential Wasteland Ended in a Bungled Attempt to Bump off the Exceptionally Great Leader of Mother Russia
By Alexander J. Motyl

Volodymyr Frauenzimmer, "the Jew who was Ukrainian," is a man with a preposterous name and a preposterous past. When he discovers the details of his birth and the identities of his parents, he goes into a funk. As the past catches up to him, his grasp on reality begins to disintegrate.

Written by Alexander J. Motyl, The Jew Who Was Ukrainian or How One Man's Rip-Roaring Romp Through an Existential Wasteland Ended in a Bungled Attempt to Bump off the Exceptionally Great Leader of Mother Russia (Cervena Barva Press, 2011) combines third-person narrative, first-person monologues, play-like dialogues, and excerpts from newspaper accounts to create an absurdly tragicomic picture of the impossibility of life at the intersection of Hitler's Holocaust and Stalin's Gulag.

Copies of The Jew who was Ukrainian will be available for sale during the launch, and the author will be on hand for the book signing.


December 5, 2010
Book: Ukrainian Artists in Paris, 1900‒1939
Vita Susak, Ed.

Scores of Ukrainian émigré artists lived and worked in Paris alongside such greats as Picasso, Modigliani, and Chagall. Their contribution to the phenomenon that became known as the École de Paris (School of Paris) is detailed in this exhaustive 408-page study, which includes a dictionary of more than 250 Ukrainian artists in Paris and a chronology of Ukrainian émigré community events in the French capital. On December 5, the book's author, Dr. Vita Susak, and publisher, Lidia Lykhach of Rodovid Press in Kyiv, presented an illustrated talk about the Ukrainian presence in the art of the period, signed copies of the book, and chatted with attendees at the reception that followed the book launch.


November 12, 2010
Book: Modernism in Kyiv. Jubilant Experimentation
Irena R. Makaryk and Virlana Tkacz, Eds.

The study of modernism has focused largely on Western cultural centers such as Paris, Vienna, London, and New York. Extravagantly illustrated with more than 300 photos and reproductions, Modernism in Kyiv demonstrates that the Ukrainian capital was a major center of performing and visual arts as well as literary and cultural activity. While arguing that Kyiv's modernist impulse is most prominently displayed in the experimental work of Les Kurbas, one of the masters of the early Soviet stage, the contributors also examine the history of the city and the artistic production of diverse groups, including Ukrainians, Russians, Jews, and Poles.

Until now a silent presence in Western accounts of the cultural topography of modernism, multicultural Kyiv is restored here to its historical, intellectual, and artistic complexity. Excerpts from the works of artists, writers, and critics, as well as the numerous illustrations, help give life to the exciting creativity of this period. The first book-length examination of this subject, Modernism in Kyiv is a breakthrough accomplishment that will become a standard volume in the field.

Several of the book's contributors will be on hand for the book signing, including its editors, Irena R. Makaryk, professor in the Department of English at the University of Ottawa, and Virlana Tkacz, artistic director of the Yara Arts Group in New York. Authors Myroslav Shkandrij of the University of Manitoba, Myroslava Mudrak of Ohio State University, Gennady Estraikh of New York University, Mayhill Fowler of Princeton, and Maria Ratanova of Harvard, are also expected to attend.

Available online.


October 22, 2010
Book: Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
By Timothy Snyder

Americans call the Second World War "The Good War." But before it even began, America's wartime ally Josef Stalin had killed millions of his own Ukrainian citizens ‒ and kept killing them during and after the war. Before Hitler was finally defeated, he had murdered six million Jews and nearly as many other Europeans. At war's end, both the German and the Soviet killing sites fell behind the iron curtain, leaving the history of mass killing in darkness.

Bloodlands is a new kind of European history, presenting the mass murders committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes as two aspects of a single history, in the time and place where they occurred: between Germany and Russia, when Hitler and Stalin both held power.

Beginning with Ukraine's Holodomor (the Great Famine of 1932-33 engineered by Stalin and his administration), Snyder painstakingly details the horrors later inflicted upon Belarusians, Poles, and Jews.

"For both Hitler and Stalin, Ukraine was more than just a land of milk and honey. It was the place that would enable them to break the rules of traditional economics, rescue their countries from poverty and isolation, and remake the continent in their own image. Their programs and their power all depended upon their control of its fertile soils and its millions of agricultural laborers. In 1933, Ukrainians would die in the millions, in the greatest artificial famine in the history of the world. This was the beginning of the special history of Ukraine, but not the end. In 1941, Hitler would seize Ukraine from Stalin, and attempt to realize his own colonial vision. The Stalinists colonized their own country, and the Nazis colonized occupied Soviet Ukraine: and … Ukraine suffered and suffered. During the years that both Stalin and Hitler were in power, far more people were killed in Ukraine than anywhere else in the bloodlands, or in Europe, or in the world."

– Timothy Snyder, Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Assiduously researched, deeply humane, and utterly definitive, Bloodlands will be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history.

Copies of Bloodlands, which is due to be released on October 12, will be available for purchase at the Museum on the day of the book launch. The evening will conclude with a wine-and-cheese reception.


February 19, 2010
Books: Burden of Innocence by Natalka Husar and Foreign Relations by Janice Kulyk Keefer

The Museum and Rodovid Press of Kyiv hosted a unique evening on Friday, February 19: artist Natalka Husar and writer Janice Kulyk Keefer gave an illustrated talk on contemporary Ukraine entitled "Blood in the Borsch" and also launched their joint publication ‒ Burden of Innocence, illustrated with works by Ms. Husar, and Foreign Relations, with poetry by Ms. Kulyk Keefer (Rodovid, 2009).


October 17, 2009
Book: Scratches on a Prison Wall: A Wartime Memoir
By Luba Komar-Prokop; translated and edited by Christine Prokop

In cooperation with the Shevchenko Scientific Society and the Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences in the U.S., the Museum will host the launch of Luba Komar-Prokop's Scratches on a Prison Wall: A Wartime Memoir on Saturday, October 17, at 7 p.m. The book will be introduced by Professor Alexander Motyl of Rutgers University, and its translator and editor, Christine Prokop, will read excerpts during the launch. Also scheduled is a video presentation of Luba Komar-Prokop telling her story and a slideshow of photos and documents from Protses 59-ty. Sections of Scratches on a Prison Wall were originally published in 1997 in Ukrainian as Protses 59-ty (The Secret Trial of the 59) by the Shevchenko Scientific Society in Lviv.

Copies of Scratches on a Prison Wall will be available for sale during the book launch ($20), which will conclude with a wine-and-cheese reception.

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