Sunday, 8 April 2012

Russian events in April by Taryn Jones

Here are some events happening in the month of April in the USA.  Enjoy!

April 1 – DC
Faberge Egg Family Festival
Celebrate spring’s arrival in Russian style at Hillwood Estate! Enjoy festive folk music and storytelling, meet historic character Tsar Nicholas II, and take part in a centuries-old egg-rolling game. Step into Faberge’s Workshop to decorate your own Faberge-inspired egg.
Tickets $15, 12 seniors, $10 members and college students, $5 children 6-18

The "Napoleonic Egg", created by Faberge in 1912 as a gift from Tsar Nicholas II to his mother, the Dowager Empress Maria Fyodorovna

Where: Hillwood House Musuem
When: April 1, 1-5
Telephone: 202-686.5807

April 14 and 19 – Boston
The Kremlin
Join the Museum of Russian Icons for an interactive lecture and the opportunity to create your own piece of art!

In conjunction with the special exhibition Maps: Pathways to Russia, Traditional Russian artist and lecturer Marina Forbes brings to life the images and stories of Moscow Kremlin, transporting listeners back to Old Russia in the age of Ivan the Great, Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great. Marina’s interactive presentation is beautifully illustrated with
carefully selected pieces of Russian art, revealing fascinating details of everyday Russian life at the time.

The discussion features a remarkable 17th century map of the Moscow Kremlin, chosen from the exhibition.

Enjoy a fascinating story for the whole family and then create your own
unique piece of art in an interactive hands-on workshop using different painting techniques and acrylic paints on your choice of predesigned surfaces (gessoed boards, textured paper, or ceramic tiles) inspired by beautiful Kremlin scenery.

Workshop fee: Adults (ages 18+), $12, Members; $15, nonmembers
Youth (ages 6 through 17) $8, Members; $10, nonmembers
Advance registration recommended, call (978) 598-5000.

Workshop fees are non-refundable.The costs for the pre-designed painting surfaces range from $12 to $35, payable directly to the instructor on the day of the course via cash or check.

Where: Museum of Russian Icons
When: April 14, 10-1 and April 19 12:30-3:30
Telephone: (978) 598-5000.

April 14 – NY
Join Brooklyn’s Dweck Center for their April installment of the ongoing Russian literary series.

Psoy Korolenko, scholar, critic and Slavist.
Pavel Lion is a respected scholar, Slavist and critic, but he is better known as Psoy Korolenko. Psoy performs his own and others’ songs, accompanying himself on keyboard. A “post-modernist jester”, he critiques culture while also imparting new energy and meaning to it. In Russian. RSVP by calling 718-230-2222. Limit two per person.

Where: Dweck Center
When: April 14, 4 PM
Telephone: 718-230-2222

April 19 – NY
Join the Dweck Center for the April installment of the ongoing Russian film series!

This year marks 80th birthday of Leonid Gurevich, one of the greatest Russian documentary script writers and film teachers. He was known among generations of documentary filmmakers as a “Guru”. Family members, friends and former students get together to celebrate legacy of the great film master. The fragments of the films by Gurevich and by his famous students will highlight the event. In Russian. RSVP by calling 718-230-2222. Limit two per person.

Where: Dweck Center
When: April 19, 6:30 PM
Telephone: 718-230-2222

April 21 – Boston
Join Boston’s Museum of Russian Icons for their symposium entitled “A Comprehensive Review of Historic Russian Cartography” with renowned scholars Valerie Kivelson and Kelly O’Neill.

Two renowned scholars share their expertise on the subject of Russian cartography in this program organized in conjunction with the special exhibition MAPS: Pathways to Russia. The lecture topics are “Mapping the Holy Russia: Cartography and Icons in Early Modern Russia” with Valerie Kivelson and Arthur F. Thurnau, and “Mighty Stream So Deep and Wide’: Rivers, Maps, and the Idea of a Russian Empire” with Kelly O’Neill.

Where: Museum of Russian Icons
When: April 21, 3-5 PM
Telephone: (978) 598-5000.
Tickets: $15 for members, $20 for non-members.

April 24- DC
Join Hillwood Estate and Museum for a book signing and lecture on Napoleon and Russia.

Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 is one of the most famous stories in European history. Nevertheless much of the story as usually told is untrue. Outside Russia 1812 is usually told just from Napoleon’s point of view and without regard for Russian sources. In Russia the story is distorted by nationalist myths. Leo Tolstoy (author of War and Peace) was a great novelist but also a key myth-maker as regards Russia’s defeat of Napoleon. In his interpretation, governments and generals count for little and Napoleon is defeated by the elemental patriotism of the Russian people. In reality, the tsarist government planned and executed an intelligent grand strategy which exploited Russia’s strengths and Napoleon’s weaknesses. Join visiting scholar Dominic Lieven, who used never-before-seen material from the Russian archives, to delve deeper into this riveting history. Lieven will sign copies of Russia Against Napoleon: The True Story of the Campaigns of War and Peace following the lecture.

Dominic Lieven is a research professor at Cambridge (Senior Research Fellow: Trinity College). He was a professor of history at the London School of Economics from 1978-2011. His last book, Russia Against Napoleon: The True Story of the Campaigns of War and Peace, won the Wolfson History Prize and also the Prix de la Fondation Napoleon. Three of his direct ancestors were generals in the Battle of Leipzig. He lives partly in Britain and partly in Japan.

Where: Hillwood Estate and Museum
When: April 24, 7-8:30 PM
Telephone: 202-686.5807
Tickets: $20, $10 for members, $7 for college students

April 29 – NY
Luba Poliak
Join Brooklyn’s Dweck Center for Luba Poliak’s performance of classical music!

Born in Siberia, Poliak was eleven years old when she first appeared with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra. She will perform a piano recital featuring Prokofiev’s Sonata No.8 in B flat major, Op.84 and Schumann’s Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.22.

Where: Dweck Center
When: April 29, 4PM
Telephone: 718-230-2222

Portrait of Graham Ratgauz, 1964, Oleg Vassiliev.
Ongoing Exhibitions: MN

Join Minneapolis’ Museum of Russian Art for an ongoing exhibition of the work of Oleg Vassiliev. Exhibit ongoing until May 6.

The Art of Oleg Vassiliev surveys the career of one of the most important unofficial Soviet artists.  Full of personal memories, his masterful works are an energetic meditation on human memory, forgetting, and a return to one’s home.

A graduate of the Surikov Art Institute, Oleg Vassiliev  actively participated in the non-conformist art scene of Soviet Moscow from the 1950s through the 1980s. Vassiliev’s art is rooted in the rich tradition of the Russian Realist style and the early Soviet avant-garde.

His works on paper include his House with the Mezzanine series, inspired by Anton Chekhov’s story and building on the achievements of post-revolutionary constructivist art. The House with the Mezzanine print series unfolds a wondrously poetic and visually striking journey that makes tangible the pace of history. To read Anton Chekhov’s story click here.

Also featured in the Lower Gallery are his drawings, collages and some of his book illustrations done in the 1960s and 1970s together with his friend Erik Bulatov.  One of the lenders to this exhibition is the New York-based Kolodzei Art Foundation whose remarkable collection chronicles four decades of Russian and Soviet nonconformist art from the post-Stalinist era to the present.  Other pieces come from noted Vassiliev collector Neil Rector as well as from the artist and his family.

Born in Moscow in 1931, Vassiliev is one of the most important artists to emerge from the Soviet underground art scene. His artistic vision opposed the ideologies of the State-endorsed Socialist Realism combining constructivist approaches of the 1920s with the Russian realism of the 19th century. Vassiliev was influenced by the leading Soviet graphic artist Vladimir Favorsky (1886-1964). Together with his friends, well-known non-conformists Ilya Kabakov and Eric Bulatov, Oleg Vassiliev supported himself working as a book illustrator, while also creating his marvelous works in the seclusion of his studio.  Like many of his generation of underground artists, Vassiliev left Russia after the end of the cold war, moving to New York City in 1990. He now resides in Minnesota.

Vassiliev graduated from V.I. Surikov State Art Institute in Moscow, where he specialized in graphics.  Vassiliev’s work is broadly recognized for its unique place in Russian art and can be found in the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, The State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg; The State Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow; The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow; Denver Art Museum, Colorado; Duke University Museum of Art,  Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland; and the Norsk-Russisk Kultursenter Galleri, Norway

Where: The Museum of Russian Art
Telephone: (612) 821-9045

Taryn Jones graduated in 2008 from the University of Victoria (Canada) with her BA in history and anthropology. During that time, she also studied Russian and art history, and was heavily involved with the university’s Russian Studies course union. In January 2012, she will begin her studies at the University of British Columbia in a double Master’s program in library and archival science.Taryn’s specific artistic interests are the Wanderers, Socialist Realism and photography.
This article first appeared on Art in Russia, April 1, 2012.
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