Ballet Photography: Alexey Brodovitch and E.O. Hoppé

October 21, 2021

Two artists, one common passion. Celebrate the work of designer Alexey Brodovitch and photographer E.O. Hoppé, and explore their shared and enduring connection with the art of ballet. Dr. Curt Lund, design historian and assistant professor at Hamline University, shares an in-depth look at both men’s photographic legacies, centering on works from both current exhibitions — Alexey Brodovitch: Designer of the Avant-Garde and E.O. Hoppé and the Ballets Russes — and places them in context within a broader history of 20th century ballet photography in the United States and Europe during this virtual presentation.

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Virtual Tour with the Collector

September 24, 2021

The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) invites you to experience a virtual tour of the exhibition, The Ancient Artel: Lacquer Miniatures, with collector Dave Christensen and TMORA Curator Dr. Masha Zavialova.

This exhibition, featuring approximately 30 lacquer boxes and objects – all from Christensen’s collection, explores the unique Russian art of miniature painting on papier-mâché. Richly detailed, carefully crafted and colorful, the lacquer miniatures of this exhibition reveal the distinct styles and techniques that developed in family workshops and passed down through generations of master craftsmen in the town of Palekh.

For centuries, Palekh was a renowned icon-painting center. After the 1917 Revolution and collapse of imperial Russia, religion was banned throughout the vast Soviet country. Icon painters had to seek alternative ways of making a living. Artists from Palekh found a clever solution to channel their artistic spirit: painting on papier-mâché boxes. While the subject matter and materials were new, the tradition and communicative power of the art of icon-painting remained.

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Virtual Opening with the Curator

June 25, 2021

The Museum of Russian Art invites you to glimpse the galleries and listen to insightful commentary by TMORA’s Curator, Dr. Masha Zavialova on the eve of opening two new exhibitions:

Main Gallery – Alexey Brodovitch: Designer of the Avant-Garde
On view through October 24, 2021

Mezzanine Gallery – Belarusian Paintings: from Traditionalism to Contemporary Expression
On view through September 12, 2021

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Virtual Tour with the Curator – Medieval Russian Sailboats

June 3, 2021

Join TMORA Chief Curator Dr. Masha Zavialova for a virtual tour of the pop-up exhibition Medieval Russian Sailboats.  This exhibition features twenty models of Russian sailboats and traditional wooden houses from the collection of Captain Sergey Sinelnik, the Honored Traveler of Russia. The exhibition is on view in the Main Gallery from May 22 through June 6, 2021. The highlight of the show is the model of the Pilgrim, the sailboat that brought Captain Sinelnik and his crew to Duluth in the fall of 2020. Designed and built by Sergey Sinelnik and his crew, the Pilgrim is a sailboat of the Pomor Lodiya type, widely used by fishermen and sea merchants of the Russian North from the 13th century.

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Book Discussion with Author Stephen Walker

Beyond: The Astonishing Story of the First Human to Leave our Planet and Journey into Space.

May 24, 2021

The Museum of Russian Art is pleased to present a virtual book discussion with Stephen Walker, award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, and author of Beyond: The Astonishing Story of the First Human to Leave Our Planet and Journey into Space, a riveting account of Yuri Gagarin’s epic flight on its 60th anniversary. Walker is joined by popular historian, writer, and commentator Nick Hayes.

For more information about Beyond by Stephen Walker, please visit: https://www.stephenwalkerbeyond.com

Follow Stephen Walker on Twitter @SWalkerBEYOND

Buy the book: https://www.shoptmora.org/beyond.html

“Beyond brings to life the space race and the extraordinary story of Yuri Gagarin. Using first-hand testimony, Walker evokes the personalities, the science and the atmosphere of the time in a history that reads like a thriller.” — Anne Applebaum, author of Twilight of Democracy

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Virtual Tour with the Curator – Artel Dolls, Soviet Russia, 1920s

May 5, 2021

Experience a virtual tour of the exhibition Artel Dolls, Soviet Russia, 1920s with TMORA’s Chief Curator Dr. Masha Zavialova. This exhibition presents forty dolls from the collection of Museum co-founder, Susan Johnson, and from the TMORA collection. The dolls on display are known as stockinette dolls. Stockinette dolls are a type of rag doll, with wire armature bodies covered in stockinette, a soft knitted silk or cotton. Dressed in sarafans and other traditional peasant outfits, these hand-made dolls originate from early Soviet-era production cooperatives called artels. In the 1920s, Moscow was teeming with production cooperatives and creative collectives. The Soviet regime was still young. The highly centralized and all-controlling system was yet to come into its own during the following decade under Stalin. Several Moscow artels that made toys for children were Everything for the Child, Red Toys, Red Army Artel, and other production units. Early Soviet artels were in partial control of their output and could trade internationally. Artel dolls were actively exported. In America, Russian-made dolls were sold by Kimport Doll Imports (Independence, Missouri), among other trading firms. Ethnic dolls from the early Soviet era have survived the test of Russia’s turbulent 20th century – but mostly outside Russia.

Artel Dolls, Soviet Russia, 1920s is on view through August 8, 2021.

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Virtual Tour with the Curator – Paintings by Geli Korzhev: Soviet Idealist+Iconoclast

April 21, 2021

Experience a virtual tour of the exhibition Paintings by Geli Korzhev: Soviet Idealist+Iconoclast with TMORA’s Chief Curator Dr. Masha Zavialova.

The exhibition presents numerous oil paintings by the prominent Soviet and post-Soviet era artist, drawn from private American collections. Geli Korzhev (1925-2012) was one of the leading masters of post-WWII Soviet art. He received his art training at Moscow’s prestigious Surikov Art Institute, graduating from the studio of Sergei Gerasimov in 1950. Korzhev entered the Soviet art scene at a time when the nation was recovering from the devastating war, and, at the same time, bidding farewell to Stalin’s grim legacy (after 1953). A son of his era, Korzhev developed his own style, defined by him as “social realism,” that sought to eliminate the propagandistic posture, artificiality, and reality-bending politics of Stalinist-era art. His striking canvases focus on the common people, in an attempt to cleanse the varnish of propaganda from the visualizations of reality and remind the viewer of the ‘true’’ socialism, as he envisioned it.

Paintings by Geli Korzhev: Soviet Idealist+Iconoclast is on view through June 13, 2021.

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Virtual Tour with Artist Ekaterina Khromin – The Art of Synergism

April 14, 2021

Experience a virtual tour of the main gallery exhibition at The Museum of Russian Art with artist Ekaterina Khromin and TMORA Director of Public Programs Michelle Massey.

Khromin paints on palpably textured surfaces which are themselves collages of found objects. Fusing distinct three art media (painting, sculpture, readymade), Khromin’s work brings their visual languages in conversation with one another. The perception of pure color, the messy materiality of a found object assemblage, and the three-dimensionality of bas-relief interconnect to produce a fourth language – a visual vocabulary of what the artist calls Synergism.

Ekaterina Khromin: The Art of Synergism is on view through June 13, 2021.

Follow Ekaterina Khromin on Instagram: @katerinakhromin

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Visualizing Music: Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

April 6, 2021

The Museum of Russian Art has long been known for hosting classical concerts in its galleries. Now, join us as we present a virtual discussion series that will center around Russian classical composers and their masterpieces. A panel of distinguished musicians and academics leads this in-depth exploration into a different composer each session.

This first program is devoted to Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, a suite of ten pieces (plus a recurring, varied Promenade) composed for piano. The suite is Mussorgsky’s most-famous piano composition and has become a showpiece for virtuoso pianists. PANEL: Timur Mustakimov, Classical Pianist (NYC); Paul Shaw, Associate Professor, Piano – University of Minnesota School of Music; Alexander Braginsky, Professor, Piano – University of Minnesota School of Music; Denis Evstuhin, Classical Pianist, TMORA Curator of Music Moderated by Michelle Massey, TMORA Director of Public Programs

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Virtual Grand Opening – TMORA’s Spring Exhibitions Unveiled

March 3, 2021

Enjoy this virtual opening of three new exhibitions in our galleries – all of which were installed in February 2021. This remarkable transformation of our galleries calls for a celebration with Chief Curator Dr. Masha Zavialova, Executive Director & President Mark J. Meister, and Director of Public Programs Michelle Massey. During this virtual event, you’ll have the opportunity to glimpse each new gallery and listen to insightful commentary by Dr. Zavialova.

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Virtual Tour with Artist Marlena Myles – Dynamics of Russian Colonialism in Alaska

February 24, 2021

The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) invites you to experience a virtual tour of the exhibition, Dynamics of Russian Colonialism in Alaska, with artist Marlena Myles.

Dynamics of Russian Colonialism in Alaska, the first solo exhibition of work by Marlena Myles, focuses on the intersection of immigrant and Native peoples in North America. These digitally created works bring to light the commonly unknown history of interactions between Russian explorers, settlers, traders, clergy, and Alaska Natives before the Alaskan territory was sold to the United States in 1867. These are important reflections, much needed in the contemporary United States and Minnesota, that acknowledge indigenous histories.

Marlena Myles is a Native American (Dakota, Mohegan, Muscogee) artist, instructor, and children’s book illustrator located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Myles uses art to celebrate the languages and culture of her people. This exhibition is a “…chance for the large public to see how innovative Native art can be through the use of modern technology….” (Marlena Myles). Myles is joined by TMORA Chief Curator Dr. Masha Zavialova during this virtual presentation.

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The Black Russian – A Virtual Discussion with Author Vladimir Alexandrov

February 17, 2021

The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA), Russian American Jews in Minnesota (RAJMN), and St. Paul Jewish Federation present a virtual book discussion with Vladimir Alexandrov, author of The Black Russian – an incredible true story of Frederick Bruce Thomas, the son of former slaves in Mississippi who became a famous impresario in pre-revolutionary Moscow and the ‘Sultan of Jazz’ in Constantinople.  During this virtual session, Alexandrov and TMORA’s Chief Curator Dr. Masha Zavialova delve into Thomas’s extraordinary life and the important history surrounding his journey.

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Virtual Tour with the Curator – Masquerade for New Year

December 30, 2020

Enjoy this virtual event with TMORA’s Chief Curator Dr. Masha Zavialova that explores the history of New Year traditions in Russia and the Soviet Union in concert with TMORA’s 2020/21 holiday exhibition, Masquerade for New Year.  Very apropos for these times, Masquerade for New Year features an array of fascinating masked personae. The exhibition features a rich display of New Year Masks, 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 the 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.

The Museum of Russian Art would like to thank Moore’s Insurance Management, Inc. for sponsoring this exhibition.

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Anastasia Dedik in Concert: Beethoven and Tchaikovsky

December 17, 2020

As our gift to you this holiday season, enjoy the exquisite talents of pianist Anastasia Dedik. This recital was recorded for The Museum of Russian Art.

Beethoven – Piano Sonata Op. 27 “Moonlight”
Beethoven – Piano Sonata Op. 81a “Les Adieux”
Tchaikovsky – Dumka Op. 59
Tchaikovsky/Pletnev – Selections from the Concert Suite “The Nutcracker” 
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Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Intermezzo

Anastasia Dedik has been performing as a soloist and chamber musician on some of the most important stages in the world, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, The Great Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia and many others.  

Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia to a family of distinguished musicians Anastasia graduated from The Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 2004 and moved to the United States to continue her education at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School on full talent scholarships. READ MORE…

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LIVE in the Artists’ Studio: Elena Gubanova and Ivan Govorkov

December 16, 2020

TMORA invites you to travel (virtually) to St. Petersburg, Russia and take a tour of the fascinating studio of Russian artists Elena Gubanova and Ivan Govorkov.

Gubanova and Govorkov have worked together since 1990, implementing their creative tasks in the direction of abstract art. You’ll have the opportunity to follow these artists through their studio in St. Petersburg and enjoy their discussion with Dr. Masha Zavialova, TMORA’s Chief Curator and Natalia Kolodzei, Executive Director of the Kolodzei Art Foundation.

Special thanks to Natalia Kolodzei and the Kolodzei Foundation for their support of this program.

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Virtual Tour with the Curator – Leaders and the Masses: Mega Paintings from Soviet Ukraine 

December 9, 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 virtual tour of the Leaders and the Masses series will focus on the working class in these paintings. 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.

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Virtual Tour with the Curator – Leaders and the Masses: Mega Paintings from Soviet Ukraine 

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 tour 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.

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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.

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Virtual Tour with the Curator – Leaders and the Masses: Mega Paintings from Soviet Ukraine 

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.

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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.

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Virtual Tour with the Curator – Leaders and the Masses: Mega Paintings from Soviet Ukraine 

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.

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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.

 

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