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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.
Castle of Concrete

Castle of Concrete

In this new novel, set in the final year of the Soviet Union, young Sonya is reunited with her once-dissident mother, and they are on their way to navigating a new life together.
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.

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Peace, Land, Bread
April 23, 2014

Peace, Land, Bread

By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Peace! Land! Bread! This was the battle cry of the 1917 October Revolution (old calendar) that changed the history of Russia and indeed the entire world. Since the time of Ivan the Terrible, the tsars concentrated on centralization of their power and control. The most common way of doing this was to take power away from the nobility, appeasing them by giving them dominion over their land and workers. This soon developed into the oppressive, slave-style condition known as serfdom.

Events for Russophiles

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.

From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx
May 05, 2019 to August 25, 2019

From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx

Derfner Judaica Museum | Bronx, NY

From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx tells the fascinating story of how the Grosvenor Gallery in London promoted artists from Eastern Bloc countries and came to play a central role in shaping the Hebrew Home Art Collection.

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.

First Sunday: Free Museum Admission and Craft
September 01, 2019

First Sunday: Free Museum Admission and Craft

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

Enjoy free admission all day, courtesy of the Nypro Foundation. Explore the exhibition Wrestling with Angels and head downstairs to the auditorium to make your own angel-inspired craft.

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.

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