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.

Virtual Tour with the Curator

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.