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The Ukrainian Museum

February 2011

In this issue

· New exhibition Opanas Zalyvakha: The Road to Truth
· Save the date: April 10
· Ukraine Tour "In the Footsteps of Mazepa"
· KinofestNYC 2011: March 16-20
· Victor Morozov Concert: April 1
· Looking for something to do?
· Child + birthday + crafts + cake = PARTY!
· Now showing …
· Around the Museum

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Opanas Zalyvakha: The Road to Truth

image The Sounds
1995, oil on canvas
Gift of the artist

On January 23, The Ukrainian Museum unveiled an exhibition of 39 works created between the early 1960s and 1999 by the artist and dissident Opanas Zalyvakha (1925-2007). Both the exhibition and the opening were organized in cooperation with the Plast sororities Pershi Stezhi and Verkhovynky.

A cultural giant of his time, Zalyvakha is also considered to be a person of conscience, courage, and conviction ‒ a pivotal figure within the Ukrainian dissident movement of the 1960s who personified Ukraine's struggle against brutal totalitarian rule and repression. Through separate expressions of defiance, and despite arrest, persecution, imprisonment in hard-labor camps, and exile, Zalyvakha and his fellow dissidents opposed Soviet rule, raised the banner of national awareness, and fought for human rights in Ukraine.

The opening of Opanas Zalyvakha: The Road to Truth was hosted by Natalia Sonevytsky, a member of the Museum's Board of Trustees who had become acquainted with Zalyvakha in the 1990s. The event commemorated the Ukrainian dissident movement of the 1960s and paid homage to many of its principals. Zalyvakha's friend and fellow dissident Raisa Moroz, who now resides in Winnipeg, shared her memories of him: his spirit never waned, he fought for justice his entire life, and he was determined to ensure that Ukrainian art took its rightful place on the world stage. In the latter effort, Zalyvakha was helped tremendously by Sophia and Titus Hewryk (a member and a former president, respectively, of the Museum's Board), who over the years sent him numerous exhibition catalogues, albums, and books about the life and work of Western artists. Artist Sofika Zielyk then gave an emotional, heartfelt description of her own friendship and correspondence with Zalyvakha.

The exhibition opening included the presentation of the book Holos doby (The Voice of an Era), the second volume of the late dissident/poet Ivan Svitlychnyi's memoirs and, in the words of Dr. Larissa Zaleska Onyshkevych, "a painful reflection of the state of Ukrainian society and the fate of the nation." During the presentation, Sofika Zielyk read excerpts from poems by Svitlychnyi and by Vasyl Stus and Vasyl Symonenko.

Opanas Zalyvakha: The Road to Truth includes nine paintings that the artist generously donated to the Museum. They arrived in New York thanks to the persistent efforts of Sofika Zielyk, who fulfilled Zalyvakha's request that the works, which had been stored in London, become part of the Museum's collection. The nine paintings were restored and framed with the generous support of the Self Reliance (NY) Federal Credit Union through the auspices of the Pershi Stezhi and Verkhovynky sororities.

Also included in the exhibition are paintings on loan from institutions and private collectors, as well as an extensive selection of supplemental material relating to the period. The exhibition is on view through April 3.

Save the date: April 10


Set aside Sunday, April 10, for a very special celebration ‒ The Ukrainian Museum's 35th anniversary! We'll mark the occasion with a gala luncheon at the Battery Gardens in lower Manhattan, with its spectacular view of New York harbor and the Statue of Liberty ‒ the symbol of freedom that welcomed so many Ukrainians to the shores of the United States in the last century. Look for more information about the anniversary gala in the March issue of e-news.

Tour to Ukraine: "In the Footsteps of Mazepa"

June 23 ‒ July 4


For more information or to book the tour, please contact:
Scope Travel Inc.


Following on its recent Ukraine-Sweden exhibition, The Ukrainian Museum has organized a tour to Ukraine led by the exhibition's curator, Dr. Yurii Savchuk: "In the Footsteps of Mazepa" (Slidamy Mazepy). The tour, from June 23 to July 4, will take visitors to Kyiv, Cherkasy, Poltava, Nizhyn, Chernihiv, and Lviv, plus Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi, Chyhyryn, Subotiv, Kholodnyi Yar, and Baturyn. Crimea, the Carpathian Mountains (youth tour), and Krakow are offered as optional tour extensions. The cost for the basic tour is $3,990, which includes air travel via Lufthansa, deluxe and first-class hotels, meals, sightseeing and entrance fees, deluxe coach transportation, and an internal flight. The registration/deposit deadline is March 15.

Mark your calendars!

KinofestNYC 2011: March 16-20


After its successful debut last year, KinofestNYC is back. This year, the film festival ‒ the only one in New York to feature Ukrainian and post-Soviet films ‒ will include 11 sessions at two screening venues. For the complete festival line-up, be sure to check www.kinofestNYC.com and the March issue of e-news.


Victor Morozov in Concert: April 1


The legendary Victor Morozov, a nonconformist cultural figure in Soviet Ukraine and major recording artist in Ukraine today, will perform at The Ukrainian Museum on Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m. (free admission; limited seating, so come early!).

Morozov is one of Ukraine's most popular singer/songwriters. His distinctive voice, together with his proficiency on the guitar, has made him a favorite of fans both in Ukraine and abroad. Morozov's talent and mastery of song are evident in the memorable original melodies he sets to poetry by some of Ukraine's best modern writers.

Aside from his music career, Morozov is also a highly regarded translator. He has translated into Ukrainian novels by Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist, Veronika Decides to Die and The Devil and Miss Prym), as well as J.K.Rowling's popular Harry Potter series, among others.

The concert closes the Columbia University conference "Nonconformism and Dissent in the Soviet Bloc: Guiding Legacy or Passing Memory?" (March 30 – April 1), which, 20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, looks back at political and cultural nonconformism in Ukraine, Russia, and Poland from the 1960s to the 1980s. The conference is free and open to the public.

For more information about the conference, download the flyer or visit the website.


Looking for something to do?

We have just the workshop for you!

The Museum offers a wide range of folk art courses and workshops for students and adults, as well as family programs tailored specifically for parents (or grandparents) and younger children. Over the next two months, for example, the following courses and workshops are scheduled; please refer to the corresponding brochure for complete details, including information on how to register.

Folk Art (see Folk Art Courses and Workshops brochure)
Gerdany (bead-strung necklaces)
Saturdays, February 19-March 12
Saturdays, March 19-May 14
Pysanka (Ukrainian Easter Egg) Decorating
Saturdays and Sundays beginning March 27

Family Programs (see School, Youth, and Family Programs brochure)
Dressing Ukrainian-Style
Sunday, February 20
Folk Art Workshop
Sunday, March 6
Sunday, March 20

Child + birthday + crafts + cake = PARTY!


Does your child have a birthday coming up? Are you running out of ideas for a unique celebration? We have just the answer: fun, crafty, Ukrainian-themed birthday parties at the Museum for children aged 5-12. Parties include hands-on activities (led by a Museum educator), games, and time for cake and snacks. Contact our Education Department at 212.228.0110 for more information and to schedule a special party for your child.

Now showing …

Invitation to a Wedding: Ukrainian Wedding Textiles and Traditions
Through September 18


Wedding Embroidery from Eastern Podillia
Through September 18


Opanas Zalyvakha: The Road to Truth
Through April 3


Around the Museum

The Museum has been a hub of activity the past two months, with the opening of two new exhibitions and a flurry of holiday-themed workshops and events. Among the recent additions to our photo album:

Peremitky demo
A week after the opening of the exhibition Invitation to a Wedding: Ukrainian Wedding Textiles and Traditions, the Museum hosted a presentation on the art of tying peremitky (head wraps) given by folk art master Yuriy Melnychuk, Deputy Director of the National Ukrainian Center of Folk Art at the Ivan Honchar Museum in Kyiv.


"You're Invited to a Wedding" family workshop
This mid-January workshop gave families an opportunity to explore Ukrainian wedding traditions by decorating a wedding rushnyk (ritual cloth) with a tree of life motif, sculpting dough birds for a korovai (wedding bread), and trying their hands at other traditional crafts.

"Traditional Ukrainian Wedding Songs" concert

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Ukrainian-American singer Nadia Tarnawsky and the Ukrainian Women's Voices collective of New York-area Ukrainian and American singers thrilled an enthusiastic, appreciative, overflow crowd on January 29 with their lively program of folksongs and ballads relating to courtship and marriage, sung in traditional village singing style and Ukrainian folk polyphony (multi-part harmony). The event ‒ the fifth in the Ukrainian Women's Voices series ‒ was co-hosted by Julian Kytasty, the New York Bandura Ensemble/Bandura Downtown, and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance.



Christmas Bazaar


The Museum's annual Christmas Bazaar, always a popular event, drew hundreds of shoppers on December 11-12. Among the wares: unique folk art items, ornaments, books, works of art, handicrafts, home-baked goods, and much more. Anyone who needed a special gift found it at the Christmas Bazaar!

"Koliada and Music from the Carpathians" holiday concert

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The Museum was filled with Christmas cheer on December 11 as performers from Ukraine presented traditional winter ritual songs as well as Hutsul troista music from the Carpathian Mountains. The concert was presented in conjunction with the Yara Arts Group.

Christmas workshops


Throughout December, the Museum presented a variety of holiday-themed workshops, including Ukrainian Christmas Traditions (baking of traditional breads), Ukrainian Christmas Tree Ornaments (where participants learned to make spiders, cradles, stars, garlands, and other traditional Ukrainian ornaments), and Family Christmas Fun (which gave families with younger children an opportunity to create puppets based on a traditional vertep Ukrainian Christmas puppet theater, learn how to braid a traditional Christmas bread, and take part in other holiday fun).

"Baba Liuba and Spider Spiridon" marionette show


This extraordinary musical winter tale was performed at the Museum on January 16 by the Shepko-Hamilton family with marionettes they made using clay from their own land and wool from their sheep. Audience members also had an opportunity to create straw ornaments/mobiles and to taste traditional Ukrainian Christmas dishes.


Header image: Rushnyk (detail), mid-20th century. From the exhibition Invitation to a Wedding: Ukrainian Wedding Textiles and Traditions.

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, a state agency.

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Visiting the Museum

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