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             October 2012

             In this issue


· Ron Kostyniuk: Art
as Nature Analogue ‒ exhibition opens Oct. 21 
· My
Orchidia with Alexander Motyl ‒ Oct. 13 (DATE
· Memory Songs: A Dialogue of Traditions ‒
concert Oct. 27 
· Woman in Exile: My Life in Kazakhstan
‒ Nov. 3 
· Orwell and the Refugees: The Untold
Story... ‒ Nov. 10 
· Learn to make
· Family fun! Check out our new
· Now showing 
Coming soon 
· Photo gallery:
The past month, in pictures 
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             Ron Kostyniuk:
Art as Nature Analogue 
             Exhibition opening Sunday,
October 21, 2 p.m. 

             Twenty-eight unique constructive
relief sculptures comprise the solo exhibition Ron
Kostyniuk: Art as Nature Analogue, which opens at The
Ukrainian Museum on October 21. The Museum cordially invites
everyone to attend the opening of this exciting exhibition,
from 2 to 5 p.m. 
             Art as Nature Analogue
illustrates Ron Kostyniuk's fascination with biology and the
structuring process found in nature and his interest in the
work of modernist and constructivist artists such as Pablo
Picasso, Alexander Archipenko, Charles Biederman, Naum Gabo,
and Vladimir Tatlin. Spanning the period from 1967 to 2009,
the selected works represent the evolution of Kostyniuk's
constructive relief sculptures in a number of series that
comprise his creative output.  
             Kostyniuk's works have been
exhibited throughout Canada as well as in the U.S., Asia, and
Europe and are included in many museum and private
collections. The artistic community of Chicago has become
especially familiar with his works over the years: since the
late 1960s, Kostyniuk's works have been part of such
significant exhibitions as The Structurists at the
Kazimir Gallery ‒ an important gallery at the time
devoted exclusively to constructive art ‒ and
Relief/Construction/Relief at the Museum of
Contemporary Art. The latter show traveled to the Herron
Museum in Indianapolis, the Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield
Hills, Michigan, and the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.
Art as Nature Analogue was originally shown at the
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) in Chicago under the
title Ron Kostyniuk: Construction/Neo-Construction.
Kostyniuk has taken part in a number of UIMA exhibitions,
including several one-man shows. The Ukrainian Museum is
pleased to collaborate with UIMA to introduce the work of this
accomplished Canadian artist of Ukrainian descent to the New
York public. 
             Ron Kostyniuk: Art as Nature
Analogue is accompanied by a catalogue that includes
color photographs of more than 100 of Kostyniuk's works and
provides an overview of the distinguished career of this
prolific artist. The exhibition will be on view through
January 13, 2013. 
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             Remembering The
Orchidia with Alexander Motyl 
             Book presentation Saturday,
October 13, 7:30 p.m. * DATE CHANGE


             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.  Admission (including reception) is $15; $10 for
members and seniors; $5 for students.  Tickets may be
purchased online
or at the door. 
             * This event
was originally scheduled for Friday, October 5. 
             "Memory Songs:
A Dialogue of Traditions" 
             Concert Saturday, October 27,
7:30 p.m. 


             If you're looking for a special
evening filled with tradition and musical mastery, this is it:
the first musical encounter between two of New York's most
unique performers and two of the world's great epic song
             "Memory Songs: A Dialogue
of Traditions" is a collaboration between Julian
Kytasty on bandura and Alhaji Papa
Susso on the kora. These two artists, master players of
their instruments, are virtuosos of the world's great sung
poetry traditions ‒ the historical epics of the
Ukrainian kobzari and the centuries-old praise songs
of the West African "griots." 
             In June of this year, Papa Susso
and Julian Kytasty received New York Foundation for the Arts
(NYFA) Fellowships in Traditional Arts ‒ the first time
that Fellowships were awarded in this category. The idea for
this performance juxtaposing the core repertoire of their
respective traditions came out of their first meeting at the
NYFA awards ceremonies.  
             "Memory Songs" will be
introduced by poet Bob Holman,
a frequent collaborator with both artists. Bob Holman is the
founder of the Bowery Poetry Club and of the Endangered
Languages Alliance and host of the upcoming PBS special
Word Up! Language Matters with Bob Holman. The
concert was organized and is sponsored by the Center for Traditional Music and
Dance, Ukrainian Wave, and the New York
Bandura Ensemble/Bandura Downtown, the latter under the
direction of Julian Kytasty. 
             Admission (including reception)
is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students.  Tickets
may be purchased online
or at the door. 
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             Woman in Exile:
My Life in Kazakhstan 
             Book presentation Saturday,
November 3, 7:30 p.m. 

             The Museum is pleased to honor
the memory of Juliana Starosolska by serving as the venue for
this presentation of Woman in Exile: My Life in
Kazakhstan, Marie Ulanowicz's translation of
Starosolska's Rozkazhu Vam pro Kazakhstan. Juliana
Starosolska was the editor-in-chief of Nashe Zhyttia
("Our Life") magazine, the official organ of the
Ukrainian National Women's League of America (UNWLA), and a
long-time member of the UNWLA and of the Ukrainian scouting
organization "Plast."
             Starosolska was taken by the
Stalinists from her parents' home in the western Ukrainian
city of Lviv and deported in a sealed boxcar to a distant and
primitive outpost in Kazakhstan. In Woman in Exile,
she recounts her ordeal in a series of vignettes that capture
the horrific, the humane, and even the occasionally humorous
aspects of her experience. 
             Taking part in the commemoration
are Professor Alexander Motyl of Rutgers University, who will
present a historical overview of the period of Soviet
repressions and exile of Ukrainians; Marta Kebalo, who will
speak about Juliana Starosolska's life; Lidia Slysh, who will
describe Starosolska's creative legacy; and translator Marie
Ulanowicz, who will present the book and give readings. A
reception will follow the presentations. 
             Admission to this event is free
courtesy of its major sponsor, the Ukrainian National Women's
League of America (www.unwla.org). 
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             Orwell and the
Refugees: The Untold Story… 
             Book presentation Saturday,
November 10, 7:30 p.m. 


             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
             Meet Andrea Chalupa on November
10 when she visits the Museum to speak about her book, life in
the DP camps, Ihor Shevchenko, and George Orwell. Copies of
Orwell and the Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal
Farm will be available for purchase and signing by the
author. Admission (including reception) is $15; $10 for
members and seniors; $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased
or at the door. 
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             Learn to make
             Next workshop begins October 20


             Register today for the next
session of the Museum's popular Gerdany workshop and
learn to make these beautiful beaded necklaces, traditionally
worn with folk costumes in various regions of Ukraine. The
course takes place Saturdays, October 20 to November 10, from
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and is open to adults and children over
12 years of age. Signing up is simple ‒ just complete
our online registration
form and return it to the Museum along with your payment,
or call the Museum at 212.228.0110. And don't forget that if
you become a Museum member, you'll receive a 10% discount on
the fee. Space is limited, so please register early to avoid
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             Family fun! 
             Check out our new activities
especially for families 

             Our family programs are an
opportunity for families with children aged 5‒12 to
learn about Ukrainian culture and arts in a fun-filled,
hands-on, interactive environment. No need to register in
advance; just drop in ‒ with your children,
grandchildren, nieces, or nephews ‒ and enjoy! 
             All workshops are $5 per family
member or $3 per Museum member and take place on Sundays from
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit our website,
download the brochure, or contact our Education department at
212.228.0110 or edu at ukrainianmuseum.org. 
October 14 
Look at and learn about Ukrainian
woven tapestries and weave your own miniature patterned kilim.

November 4 
Be inspired by the works of a
contemporary artist and create your own sculpture using
various materials. 
Gerdany (beaded necklaces) 
November 18 
Learn about the art of making
traditional beaded jewelry and create your own beaded
necklace, bracelet, ring, or decorative charm. 
December 2 
Delve into
the mysteries and wonder of Ukrainian Christmas traditions and
view the vertep (Christmas puppet theater) on
display. In the workshop, create your own Christmas
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             Now showing 
             Ukrainian Kilims:
Journey of a Heritage 
EXTENDED through
January 13, 2013 
             More than 35 kilims from the
Museum's permanent collection, some dating back to the 18th
century, are on view in this exhibition. Many of the
tapestry-like rugs were spirited out of Ukraine and
transported across numerous borders by Ukrainian refugees
fleeing war and the destructive Soviet occupation of Ukraine.
Cherished and preserved for years after their arduous journey,
the kilims were eventually entrusted to the Museum's care. 

              Selected as the
NYC-ARTS "Curator's
Choice" on New York City's Channel 13 (July 12), Long
Island's WLIW (July 13), and New Jersey's NJTV (July 15), and
on NYC-ARTS.org. Also featured in
the January 27 issue of The New York Times ("Antiques
on Camera and Behind Every Door / Ukrainian
Weavings," page C31).  



             The Ukrainian
Museum: 35 Years in Print 
EXTENDED through
January 13, 2013 
             Since 1976, the Museum has been
mounting exhibitions that educate and enthrall visitors while
introducing them to the broad spectrum of Ukrainian art and
culture. Drop by this exhibit to marvel at the range of
subjects covered over the past 35 years, as seen through the
exhibition catalogues, posters, and other documents that
accompanied the Museum's exhibitions. 
             More about
the exhibitions... 

             Coming soon 

             Ron Kostyniuk: Art
as Nature Analogue 
Opens October 21 
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             Photo gallery

             The past month, in pictures 

              September 14-16: Museum
                         The Museum was well
represented at the second Conference of Ukrainian
Museums, Libraries, and Archives, hosted by the
Ukrainian Museum and Library of Stamford,
Connecticut, which is headed by Lubow Wolynetz,
who also serves as our Museum's curator of folk
art. Director Maria Shust attended the conference
along with Oksana Mahlay, Educational Programs
Coordinator, and Mykola Darmochwal, President of
the Board of Trustees. The three-day event sought
to build on the synergies generated by last year's
inaugural conference in Cleveland, with topics
ranging from legacy preservation and archival
practices to web design, digitizing library
materials, cataloging artifacts, fundraising, and
managing donations. 


              September 19: tour
                         A second group of
Manhattan Art Tours visitors from Fairfield
University in Connecticut toured the Museum in


              September 22: FAB!

                         The Museum's
khatka (village house) photo booth was a
top attraction at this year's FAB! street
festival, sponsored by the Fourth Arts Block
(FABnyc), just two short blocks from the Museum.
In addition to taking photos and collecting
emails, Museum staff and volunteers distributed
information about the Museum and answered
questions regarding our many public and
educational offerings. View the slideshow!



              September 27: school
                         A group of
homeschooled children enjoyed an educational
afternoon creating their own woven textiles during
a Kilim workshop. 


              September 28: YM at UM
                         Approximately 40
Young Members @ The Ukrainian Museum ‒ YM at UM
‒ gathered for another evening cocktail
party, complete with raffle prizes and a guided
tour of current exhibitions. Educational Programs
Coordinator Oksana Mahlay led a tour of the
Ukrainian Kilims exhibition (top); guests
chatted with the artist, Ilona Sochynsky (bottom,
in red), after viewing her solo exhibition, A
Singular Vision. The event was generously
sponsored by Ukrainian National Women's League of
America Branch 99 in Watervliet, New York.  


              September 29: Museum
                         The Museum once
again took part in Smithsonian magazine's
annual Museum Day. More than 60 visitors chose to
take advantage of the free admission and
complimentary docent-led tours. 


              September 30: Kilim
lecture, demo, and workshop  
                         The Museum kicked
off its new Introduction to Tapestry Weaving
course with an informative lecture about kilims,
tapestries, and weaving given by Lubow Wolynetz,
curator of the Museum's folk art collection (and
curator of the current exhibition Ukrainian
Kilims), followed by a demonstration in
weaving techniques by expert weaver Vera
Nakonechny. She and Vasyl Nayda later helped the
students start their projects on looms. Mr. Nayda
will instruct the class for the remaining three

             Header image: Ron Kostyniuk, To Cezanne No.
14, Tribute Series, 2010 (detail) 
             Unless otherwise indicated, all photos © The
Ukrainian Museum 
                         The Ukrainian Museum's film
series and traditional arts programs are
supported, in part, by public funds from the New
York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in
partnership with the City Council. 
                         The Ukrainian Museum's
traditional arts and education programs are funded
in part by the New York State Council on the Arts
with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the
New York State Legislature. 
                         Follow us
26 mins.
NYC-ARTS with Paula Zahn at
The Ukrainian Museum on Ukrainian
Kilims and A Singular Vision:
Ilona Sochynsky, July 12,

Video of the exhibition
A Singular Vision: Ilona
Sochynsky, Retrospective of

5 mins.
NYC-ARTS "Curator's
Choice" segment Ukrainian
Kilims: Journey of a Heritage,
July 12, 2012 

Pysanky (Easter
Eggs) at The Ukrainian Museum, The
New York Times "East Village
Blog," April 9, 2012  

5:45 mins.
(Kosarev segment 3:00-4:00)

NYC-ARTS on the
exhibition Borys Kosarev:
Modernist Kharkiv, 1915-1931,
February 23, 2012  
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