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Stalingrad

Stalingrad

This is a short excerpt from the first-ever English translation (by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler) of Grossman’s epic novel of the turning point in World War II.
The New Ideological Fetish

The New Ideological Fetish

"A classical authoritarian power... does not pay that much attention to what the population thinks, and when it does, this attention is usually limited to a bunch of platitudes loudly proclaimed as the official ideology..."
The Shah Bird

The Shah Bird

An excerpt from the fine new novel Zuleikha, by Guzel Yakhina, about a woman's survival in Siberia exile, inspired by childhood memories of the author's grandmother.
At Zima Junction, 1943

At Zima Junction, 1943

A poem from the new volume Alcestis of the Underworld, by a regular translator of works published by Russian Life Books.

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Why Don't Russians Smile?
January 10, 2014

Why Don't Russians Smile?

By The Editors

It is a common trope that Russians never smile. Which of course is interpreted to mean they are unfriendly, gloomy, sullen – positively Dostoyevskian. This, of course, is a complete misreading of body language and cultural norms.

Events for Russophiles

Festival of Russian Music
July 27, 2019

Festival of Russian Music

Bates Recital Hall | Austin, TX

The Balalaika and Domra Association of America presents their Russian Festival Concert at the Bates Recital Hall, Butler School of Music, University of Texas on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7:30 pm.

Free Fun Friday
August 02, 2019

Free Fun Friday

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

Enjoy free admission all day, courtesy of the Highland Street Foundation. The Museum opens one hour early at 10:00 am to kick off this special day. Explore the Museum's permanent collection, check out one of the special exhibitions, or do a craft in the auditorium. Docents are available to answer questions, and audio tours are available upon request. We hope you can join us for this fun and exciting day!

Prosopon School of Iconology
August 05, 2019 to August 10, 2019

Prosopon School of Iconology

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, MA

Learn to paint icons with renowned instructor Vladislav Andrejev in this six-day intensive icon workshop. Registration deadline: July 12

Balancing Creativity and Tradition in Iconography
August 18, 2019

Balancing Creativity and Tradition in Iconography

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

This illustrated lecture will explore the tension between tradition and creativity in the process of designing and executing icons in the 21st century. Using recently completed icons – including one inspired by an icon in the Museum's collection – Maureen will discuss the myriad decisions, artistic and theological, that the iconographer must make, all the while remaining within the canon of a century's old sacred art.

The Body in Soviet Art
February 23, 2019 to September 01, 2019

The Body in Soviet Art

The Museum of Russian Art | Minneapolis, MN

The Body in Soviet Art examines the depictions of the human form in Soviet art, featuring more than fifty works created in the 1950s-1970s.  Representations of the human body have varied over time and across cultures.  Soviet art placed a unique emphasis on the working body as part of a Soviet collective.

Virgin of Vladimir Mosaic icon on View
April 15, 2019 to September 01, 2019

Virgin of Vladimir Mosaic icon on View

Chapel at the Sheen Center for Culture and Thought | New York, NY

The Virgin of Vladimir, also known as Virgin of Tenderness, a micro mosaic icon by Oksana Prokopenko is now on view at the Chapel of the Sheen Center.

Irina Nakhova: Museum on the Edge
March 30, 2019 to October 13, 2019

Irina Nakhova: Museum on the Edge

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers | New Brunswick, NJ

Irina Nakhova: Museum on the Edge is the artist’s first museum retrospective in the United States. Nakhova stands apart both from the first generation of Moscow conceptualists and from her younger peers. Unlike many of her colleagues, in whose works the narrative or textual component plays a prominent role, Nakhova draws on the visual and cultural dimensions of her dialogue with art history for the conceptual content of her work.

Zhostovo: A Russian-American Odyssey
April 06, 2019 to October 20, 2019

Zhostovo: A Russian-American Odyssey

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

A new mini-exhibition of trays and boxes painted in the traditional Zhostovo-style will be on view in the lobby at the Museum of Russian Icons through October 20.  These treasures are created by American decorative painter and teacher Tricia Joiner, and Zhostovo Master Painter Vyacheslav (Slava) Letkov.

46th Annual Russian Festival
October 18, 2019 to October 20, 2019

46th Annual Russian Festival

Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church (near Johns Hopkins Hospital) | Baltimore, MD

Don't miss the Annual Russian Festival, marking more than 45 years in Baltimore. During this festive weekend, we invite you to savor the authentic foods, prepared by the parishioners, browse the import kiosk, visit the children's corner, and enjoy the dance groups and musical ensembles.

Wrestling with Angels: Icons from the Prosopon School
July 19, 2019 to October 27, 2019

Wrestling with Angels: Icons from the Prosopon School

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

An exhibition of forty-six luminous contemporary icons by sixteen iconographers from the Prosopon School of Iconology and Iconography. Exploring the recent renaissance of this ancient tradition, the exhibition will feature icons by the founder of the Prosopon School, Vladislav Andrejev, along with works by master iconographers, instructors, and apprentices.

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
November 24, 2019

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Prudential Hall | Newark, NJ

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine performs an afternoon of some of Russia’s greatest works conducted by Volodymyr Sirenko and featuring the extraordinary pianist Olga Kern as guest soloist.

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