Virtual Tour with the Curator – Leaders and the Masses: Mega Paintings from Soviet Ukraine (3 of 3)

November 18, 2020

The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) invites you to enjoy a virtual tour of our main exhibition Leaders and the Masses: Mega Paintings from Soviet Ukraine with Chief Curator, Dr. Masha Zavialova. This final virtual tour of the Leaders and the Masses series will focus on many facets of the women both in these paintings and in Soviet Russia. The exhibition features thirty-seven Soviet-era paintings, highlighting a remarkable recent donation to the museum from the Jurii Maniichuk and Rose Brady Collection. These historical works include some of the largest Soviet-era canvases in existence.

Virtual Tour with the Curator – Masquerade for New Year

November 9, 2020

Enjoy a virtual tour of “Masquerade for New Year” with TMORA’s Chief Curator Dr. Masha Zavialova and Collector/Donor Kim Balaschak. Very apropos for these times, “Masquerade for New Year” features an array of fascinating masked personae! Through millennia, humans donned masks to participate in pagan rituals, religious ceremonies, festive carnivals, theatre performances, fancy ball parties, and rustic merry-making. During the devastating plague epidemics in 17th century Europe, physicians wore bird masks with long beaks: the beaks contained aromatic herbs to quench the smell. Soviet New Year celebrations often included carnival parties where participants wore masks and costumes. At a Soviet-era masquerade, one could meet characters of Russian folk tales and literary heroes: Baba Yaga, Snow Maiden, Doctor Aibolit, Onion Boy Cipollino, Puss-in-Boots, Grey Wolf, and other colorful guises. Learn about the array of New Year masks, tree ornaments, family photographs, Grandfather Frost figurines, and more!

In addition to the rich display of New Year masks, the exhibition features tree ornaments, family photographs, Grandfather Frost figurines, and other related materials from the late 1930s through 1960s. These rare and fascinating objects are drawn from Kim Balaschak’s extensive donation to our Museum, as well as the private collection of Blaine Bolden. The Museum greatly appreciates the unique vision of the collectors who have assembled extraordinary arrays of artifacts from the bygone Soviet era and contributed to our exhibitions and collections in many meaningful ways.

 

Virtual Tour with the Curator – Leaders and the Masses: Mega Paintings from Soviet Ukraine (2 of 3)

October 27, 2020

The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) presents a virtual tour of our main exhibition “Leaders and the Masses: Mega Paintings from Soviet Ukraine” with Chief Curator Dr. Masha Zavialova. This is the second virtual tour in a series with this exhibition. The exhibition features thirty-seven Soviet-era paintings, highlighting a remarkable recent donation to the museum from the Jurii Maniichuk and Rose Brady Collection. These historical works include some of the largest Soviet-era canvases in existence. Larger-than-life portrayals of Soviet leaders feature Lenin, Stalin, and Khrushchev, alongside collective farmers, soldiers, sailors, road construction workers, fishermen, and more. Many of the paintings in the exhibition have never been shown before in the United States.

Journeys through the Russian Empire: A Virtual Discussion with William Craft Brumfield

October 21, 2020

William Brumfield, author of “Journeys through the Russian Empire: The Photographic Legacy of Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky” (published by Duke University Press) and TMORA’s Chief Curator, Dr. Masha Zavialova, delve into the themes and rich imagery presented in the book. This lavishly illustrated volume—which features some 400 stunning full-color images of ancient churches and mosques, railways and monasteries, towns and remote natural landscapes—is a testament to two brilliant photographers whose work prompts and illuminates, monument by monument, questions of conservation, restoration, and cultural identity and memory.

Virtual Tour with the Curator – Leaders and the Masses: Mega Paintings from Soviet Ukraine (1 of 3)

September 29, 2020

Enjoy an exclusive virtual look at our main exhibition “Leaders and the Masses: Mega Paintings from Soviet Ukraine” with Chief Curator, Dr. Masha Zavialova. The exhibition features thirty-seven Soviet-era paintings, highlighting a remarkable recent donation to the museum from the Jurii Maniichuk and Rose Brady Collection. These historical works include some of the largest Soviet-era canvases in existence. Larger-than-life portrayals of Soviet leaders feature Lenin, Stalin, and Khrushchev, alongside collective farmers, soldiers, sailors, road construction workers, fishermen, and more. Many of the paintings in the exhibition have never been shown before in the United States.

Owls of the Eastern Ice: Virtual Book Launch

August 4, 2020

Blakiston’s Fish Owl, the largest species of owl on earth, found only in the far northern regions of Russia, Japan, and Korea, is also perhaps the most mysterious. Only a handful of scientists have attempted to study them, but a chance sighting changed the course of Jonathan C. Slaght’s life–sending him on a five-year journey to study these enigmatic creatures.

In Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, August 2020), researcher and conservationist Slaght takes us to the Primorye region of Eastern Russia, where we join a small team for late-night monitoring missions, on mad dashes across thawing rivers, drink vodka with mystics, hermits, and scientists, and listen to fireside tales of Amur tigers. Most captivating of all are the fish owls themselves: cunning hunters, devoted parents, singers of eerie duets, and survivors in a harsh and shrinking habitat.

After a short presentation about Blakiston’s fish owls, Slaght is joined by Laurie Hertzel, Senior Editor for Books at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, for a conversation about owls, Russia, and the book.