Previously known as Taste of Russia, Russian Life's annual festival of Russian culture will take 2006 off. Stay tuned for dates in 2007.
NEW YORK, NY
Family Album: Jewish Artists from St. Petersburg
Works by The Pgishot, a group of Jewish artists from St. Petersburg, will be on display. Artists include Boris Borsh, Alla Davidova, Robert Lotosh, Alla Pogorelskaya, Anatoly Zaslavsky, and Aron Zinshtein. Dates: 5/18/2006 to 7/13/2006, The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, New York NY (646-505-5708).
Russian artist Olga Baby creates whimsical, mystically inspired drawings that reflect the artist's vivid imagination. The drawings have an immediate decorative appeal, possessing a graceful, fluid quality. Dates: 7/7/2006 to 8/22/2006, Agora Gallery, New York NY (212-226-4151). Tickets: free.
NEW HAVEN, CT
Easter, Eggs and Art
Some 467 eggs from the Robert J. and Yvonne S. Klancko's collection of religious eggs, which vary in size and include both contemporary works and antiques. Many of the eggs displayed are from the Middle East, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Greece and Romania. Dates: Through 10/9/2006, Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven CT (203-865-0320).
Eastern European Culture Camp
This half-day cultural and educational event for families with children from Eastern Europe (ages 5+) will encourage self esteem, pride in heritage and understanding of adoption. Open to all families with ties to Eastern Europe; however advance registration is required and space is limited. Date: 11/4/2006, Marlborough High School, Marlborough MA (781-419-0362).
Designing the Modern Utopia: Soviet Textiles from the Lloyd Cotsen Collection
Soviet textiles and drawings from between 1927 and 1933--a time when a small group of artists were designing clothing and household fabrics with symbols that represented Communist ideals, such as factories and tractors. The exhibition includes more than one hundred works from the Lloyd Cotsen Collection. Dates: 7/26/2006 to 1/21/2007, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA (617-267-9300).
Gulag: Soviet Forced Labor Camps & the Struggle for Freedom
The first exhibition on the Soviet Gulag in the United States traces the history of the Soviet Union's forced labor camp system and its impact on Russia and the world today. Highlighted in the exhibit is the history of one camp: Perm-36. Dates: 10/24/2006 to 1/17/2007, Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA.
Territories of Terror: Mythology, Memory, History
Contemporary Russian Artists Respond to the Gulag. Curated by Svetlana Boym, Curt Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. Dates: 10/24/2006 to 1/17/2007, Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA.
Soviet Dis-Union, Socialist Realist and Nonconformist Art
Some 37 Socialist Realist paintings and sculptures trace the artistic history of the Soviet Union from the perspective of government-supported artists between the 1930s and the 1980s. The exhibition features The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection, considered to be the world's largest collection of Russian Nonconformist art of this period, as well as Socialist Realist art from the permanent collection of The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) or borrowed from The Ray and Susan Johnson Collection, the largest collection of official art of 20th-century Russia outside the former Soviet Union. Dates: 4/20/2006 to 8/19/2006, The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis MN (612-821-9045). …