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Chagall: Colour and Music
Jan 28 to Jun 11 in Montreal, AL [more info]
Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and initiated by the Philharmonie de Paris – Musée de la musique, and La Piscine – Musée d’art et d’industrie André Diligent, Roubaix, with the support of the Chagall Estate, this large-scale multidisciplinary exhibition explores, for the first time, the importance of music for Marc Chagall (1887-1985). The exhibition presents 400 works – paintings, sculptures, maquettes, gouaches, stained glass windows, photographs, films, costumes and puppets – many of which are little known by the public.
Pondering Mary: Her Life Through Icons
Mar 11 to May 21 in Clinton, MA [more info]
This exhibit will explore Mary’s life as portrayed in icons; how her relationship with her Son has defined her; and how the Russian people have viewed her complex role in salvation.
Mary’s role in Christianity grew out of her role as Jesus’ mother. As early Christians tried to figure out who Jesus was and how he related to God, they also began asking questions about Mary: If Jesus was entirely divine from the beginning of his life on earth—as the Council of Nicaea declared in 325—then how was Mary Jesus’ mother? Did she only give birth to the human Jesus? Or did she also give birth to the divine Jesus, the Son of God?
Over the centuries as Western devotion to her grew, Mary became important in her own right, apart from her Son. She gained titles as Co-Redemptrix and Queen of Heaven. Specific devotions to her, such as the Rosary, came into being. As her cult grew in strength, Western pictures of her began to see her not as mature woman but as a slim, young woman with flowing hair, who was both sweet and compassionate, with a demure humility.
In the East, however, the Virgin never attained a cult apart from her Son. As you will see in these icons, seldom is she portrayed without some relationship to Christ. From the beginning, she was portrayed as one in full possession of her powers. She is never portrayed as the young, adoring mother so often found on our Christmas cards. Rather she is a woman who has born life and death, seen joy and grief, and has “pondered all these things in her heart.”
Reverend Chris Visminis curated this exhibit. She is an ordained Episcopal Minister, holds a B. A. in theology from Duquesne University, and a M. A. in theology from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
The Siege of Leningrad
Feb 18 to Jun 04 in Minneapolis, MN [more info]
A multimedia presentation of one of the most tragic events of WWII – the 900-day siege of Leningrad in 1941-1944. The exhibition will focus on the city’s struggle and survival through photographs, films, maps, and stories of the war period. It will highlight both the gruesome side of the war and the life-affirming effort of the people who lived through the horrible ordeal.
Born in the USSR: Paintings of Childhood and Youth
Mar 04 to Sep 10 in Minneapolis, MN [more info]
The exhibition Born in the USSR: Paintings of Childhood and Youth will present approximately sixty works created during the last three decades of the Soviet era. Portrayals of schoolchildren in uniforms, Young Pioneers with ever-present red ties, working children, and more, will uncover the rich story of the visual representations of childhood during the Soviet era. The exhibition will focus on diverse interpretation of what it was to be a Soviet child, developed by Soviet artists. The works on display will be drawn from several private collections, predominantly the Ray Johnson Collection, as well as the permanent collection of The Museum of Russian Art.
Date(s): March 04, 2017 to
September 10, 2017
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Contact phone: (612) 821-9045
The Ecology of Being: Approaches to Landscape
Mar 01 to Jul 31 in New Brunswick, NJ [more info]
The Ecology of Being considers engagements with nature in Soviet nonconformist art, particularly in the museum’s Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection. Focusing on the period between the thaw and perestroika, the exhibition seeks to examine how artists responded to and revised existing frameworks for understanding and representing the natural world as sustained in Soviet Realist aesthetics.
Date(s): March 01, 2017 to
July 31, 2017
Time(s): visit website
Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Contact phone: 848-932-7237
Sep 01 to Jun 01 in , NY [more info]
Stage Russia HD opens it’s inaugural season with a live filmed production of the Vakhtangov Theatre's magical "Eugene Onegin" a newly reimagined version of the Alexander Pushkin poem created and directed by renowned director, Rimas Tuminas. "Eugene Onegin" is the first of 8 filmed plays from the stages of Moscow's most venerable theaters that will run from September 2016 to June 2017. Other productions include The Moscow Art Theatre's "The Cherry Orchard", featuring Renata Litvinova, plus works from Russia's great stage directors, Kama Ginkas, Sergey Zhenovach and Yury Butusov. Stage Russia performances can be seen in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, NYC, San Francisco and many others. For information on the program and a link to cities and venues participating in this series, please visit stagerussia.com. All productions are in Russian with English subtitles.
Filmed Broadcast of the Vakhtangov Theatre's Eugene Onegin
Sep 01 to Jun 01 in , NY [more info]
Stage Russia HD opens it’s inaugural season with a live filmed production of the Vakhtangov Theatre's magical "Eugene Onegin" a newly reimagined version of the Alexander Pushkin poem created and directed by renowned director, Rimas Tuminas. "Eugene Onegin" is the first of 8 filmed plays from the stages of Moscow's most venerable theaters that will run from September 2016 to June 2017. Other productions include The Moscow Art Theatre's "The Cherry Orchard", featuring Renata Litvinova, plus works from Russia's great stage directors, Kama Ginkas, Sergey Zhenovach and Yury Butusov. Stage Russia performances can be seen in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, NYC, San Francisco and many others. For information on the program and a link to cities and venues participating in this series, please visit www.stagerussia.com. All productions are in Russian with English subtitles.
The Black Monk
Mar 02 to May 30 in New York, NY [more info]
Based on the short story by Anton Chekhov, THE BLACK MONK tells the tragic tale of philosophy student Andrey Vasil'ich Kovrin. On the verge of a nervous breakdown, Kovrin decides to visit his childhood friend Tanya Pesotsky at the estate of her father. As he and Tanya develop a relationship and eventually marry, a black monk of legend begins appearing to Kovrin in visions. Though these hallucinations at first imbue the young man with joy and energy, they eventually lead to his ruin.
Kama Ginkas’ dramatization of Chekhov’s story for The Moscow Young Generation Theater has become a theatre sensation. The show has won the Grand Prix and the Critics’ Prize for Best Production at the Baltic House international theater festival in St. Petersburg.
An HD filmed performance from Moscow's Young Generation Theatre. Presented in Russian with English subtitles.
Two Imperial Icons
Oct 15 to May 14 in Clinton, MA [more info]
These two important Imperial Presentation icons by Faberge and Kurliukov, were created as gifts for the 1908 wedding of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna the Younger (1890-1958) to Prince Willem of Sweden, Duke of Sodermanland.
The “Feodorovskaya Mother of God” by Faberge, was a gift from the St. Petersburg Nobility Assembly, and an icon of the “Image Made Without Hands” by Kurliukov in the pan-Slavic style, was a gift from the Moscow Merchants’ Association.
These two icons represent the differences in style and political intentions of the two groups of donors. Gifts to Russian Grand Duchesses were known for their extravagance.
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