A Homespun Life: Textiles of Old Russia

March 15, 2010 - December 31, 2010

This original exhibition presents over one hundred artifacts revealing the rich peasant culture of northern and central Russia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featured are towels, bed skirts, area rugs, and pillow covers, along with spinning tools, garments, and costumes produced by peasant spinners, weavers and dressmakers. Designs and patterns were specific to regional centers of production, such as the Vologda, Riazan and Nizhnii Novgorod regions represented in this exhibition.

All items on loan from the collection of Ms. Susan Johnson.

Dinner with the Tsars: Russian Imperial Porcelain

November 14, 2010 - August 7, 2011

This exhibition brings together approximately one hundred and forty superb examples of Russian porcelain wares produced at the Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg during the rule of the Romanovs. The beautifully crafted, hand-painted objects present visitors with examples of inspired decorative settings and tableware used by the sovereigns and guests of the House of Romanov.

Трансцендентное искусство: ярославская икона

На этой выставке представлены 54 иконы из Ярославского художественного музея.   17-  и 18-   века были временем преуспеянию в купеческом городе Ярославле, когда эти старинные иконы были написаны, считаются временами Возрождения (Золотого века?) в Ярославле.

Ярославские иконы этого периода отличаются свободной композицией, декоративным мастерством, множеством архитектурных деталей, и колоритностью изысканных одежд; каждая икона ведает нам свою историю языком художественного символизма.


Imperial St. Petersburg: Architectural Visions

April 16, 2011 – September 11, 2011

Image Credit: Photograph by William C. Brumfield

The exhibition Imperial St. Petersburg: Architectural Visions includes over thirty photographs of William Brumfield. William Craft Brumfield, photographer and historian of Russian architecture, has worked in Russia over a period of more than four decades. His many books include the standard A History of Russian Architecture (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year 1993). The recipient of numerous awards, including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Brumfield was elected to both the Russian Academy of Architecture (in 2002) and to the Russian Academy of the Arts (in 2006). He is Professor of Slavic studies at Tulane University in New Orleans. Brumfield's photographs, part of the collection of the Photographic Archives at the National Gallery of Art, have been exhibited in museums in this country and in Russia.

Photographer to the Tsar: Revealing the Silk Road

September 28, 2009 - February 28, 2010

Taken in the nascent years of color photography, Prokudin-Gorskii’s masterful images reveal the nomadic peoples and oasis settlements at the heart of the Silk Road with striking precision and clarity. A land of ancient oasis towns and sunburnt deserts, Central Asia was incorporated into the Russian Empire in the late nineteenth century. Abandoning seemingly barren northern regions, Russia expanded into the bountiful south to vie with Great Britain for political control of the heart of Asia. It was appended to Russia by the conquest of the Central Asian khanates at about the same time Alaska was sold to the United States (1867).


Postage Stamps: Messengers of the Soviet Future

March 7, 2009 - September 20, 2009

Spanning nearly 100 years of illustrative history, this exhibition traces the evolution of a land through the imagery and artistry of postage stamps. Appealing in their visual eloquence and design, the 300 stamps in this exhibition provide a dynamic portrayal of two countries that no longer exist—the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union.

Transcendent Art: Icons from Yaroslavl, Russia

September 22, 2008 - January 24, 2009

This exhibition features 54 extraordinary icons from the Yaroslavl Art Museum. The treasured, and once venerated icons on view were painted in the 17th and 18th centuries, considered “The Golden Age” of Yaroslavl’s cultural and commercial life. Separating the exquisite icons of Yaroslavl from others of the same period is the highly decorative quality, the free composition, the mass of architectural detail and lavishly decorated robes to tell a story through a common symbolic language.