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Returning from Afar

Returning from Afar

An excerpt from Benson Bobrick’s new book, a memoir of his life and work as a writer.
A Double Life

A Double Life

An excerpt from the new translation of a novel by Karolina Pavlova (1807-1893), translated by Barbara Heldt.
French Treat

French Treat

This year marks the 235th anniversary of the birth of Antonin Carême, a French chef who left his mark on Russian cuisine in the form of the dessert known in Russia as sharlotka and everywhere else as charlotte Russe.

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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

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
September 21, 2019

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. The Museum of Russian Icons, participating museums, and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket.

A Prosopon Workshop for Aspiring Iconographers
September 20, 2019 to September 22, 2019

A Prosopon Workshop for Aspiring Iconographers

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

Mastering the challenging medium of egg tempera, as well as the learning the "grammar" of iconography, is like the old joke about how one gets to Carnegie Hall: it takes practice, practice, practice!

Why wrestle angels?
September 28, 2019

Why wrestle angels?

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

Wrestling with Angels explores how God relates to man and how man wrestles with God in order to understand life's meaning. In this curator's talk, discover the unspoken assumptions behind the icons, how the iconographer communicates these assumptions artistically and why they matter.

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.

Art Exhibition - Lovely Wild
September 06, 2019 to October 16, 2019

Art Exhibition - Lovely Wild

St Paul the Apostle | New York, NY

Inspired by Russian fairytales, the artwork in this exhibtion is a collaboration between Oksana Prokopenko and Anthony Santella.

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.

All Russian Program with the SF Symphony
October 24, 2019 to October 26, 2019

All Russian Program with the SF Symphony

Davies Symphony Hall | San Francisco, CA

Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Karina Canellakis makes her San Francisco Symphony debut in a presentation of music by two Russian heavyweights.

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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