RetroSpective at the Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology)
The Russian American Foundation is proud to announce the first Russian costume piece to be introduced into the permanent collection at The Museum at FIT. The piece is a costume ensemble from the 2004 collection Invasion from the Slava Zaitsev Moscow Fashion House, and will be on display as part of the Museum’s RetroSpective exhibition. Zaitsev is known for his seamless integration of both Russian and Tatar motifs into an elegant, western shape. 7th Avenue at 27th Street, Manhattan, May 22 – Nov 16 (T-F, 12-8pm, Sat. 10am-5pm). Free admission
22 Ideas to Fix the World Book Launch
Russian American Foundation celebrates the launch of 22 Ideas to Fix the World: Conversations with the World’s Foremost Thinkers with editor Piotr Dutkiewicz, contributor Olzhas Suleimenov, and Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the US Kairat Umarov. In this unique volume from the World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations and the Social Science Research Council, some of the world’s greatest minds—from Nobel Prize winners to long-time activists—explore what the prolonged instability of the so-called Great Recession means for our traditional understanding of how governments can and should function. Through interviews that are sure to spark lively debate, 22 Ideas to Fix the World presents both analysis of past geopolitical events and possible solutions and predictions for the future. National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, 6 pm. Read more about the book.
Professor Piotr Dukiewicz, Ambassador Olzhas Suleimenov, Ambassador Kairat Umarov
Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the US Kairat Umarov
Ambassador of Kazakhstan to UNESCO Olzhas Suleimenov
Magical Visions: The Jewelry and Sculpture of Dashi Namdakov
The Buryat born artist, Dashi Namdakov, will be exhibiting his work as part of a celebration honoring Gilbert Albert Jewelry House’s 60th Anniversary. His inspirational work draws from natural and spiritual sources, forming cohesive and emotive pieces that reflect a larger sense of life. Like Gilbert Albert, Dashi Namdakov’s creations evoke the wealth of nature’s forms in all their magnificent beauty. Gilbert Albert Gallery, 43 West 57th Street, New York, September 9 – November 1, 212-888-3232.
Ural Folk Dance Ensemble
All of the way from the Ural mountain region in Russia, this folk dance ensemble has come to take part in several events at this year’s Russian Heritage Month®. This ensemble has been known for its preservation of Siberian and Russian dance traditions for over 30 years. La Guardia School of the Performing Arts Theater 100 Amsterdam Ave, Manhattan, 7pm. Free admission with advanced reservation. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Russian American Night
Long Island’s Eisenhower Park welcomes Russian music, festivities, and heritage to its community. There will also be a special performance by Ural, the Russian folk dance ensemble. Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, Long Island, 7-9:30pm. Free admission
Battles on Ice® Hockey Matches
The annual Battles on Ice® are friendship hockey matches between the New York Fire Department Firefighters and Russia’s EMERCOM Firefighters Teams. These games serve as an important reminder of the sacrifices all first responders make to safeguard the lives of everyday citizens and to commemorate the unfortunate victims of terrorist acts in New York and Moscow. STARRING: Viacheslav Fetisov, Pavel Bure, Alexei Kasatonov, Valeri Kamensky, Alexei Yashin, Sergey Makarov, Andrei Kovalenko and many more.
New York/Boston/Russian Firefighters vs. Legends of Hockey
- June 25 (7pm)
Aviator Sports & Events Center, Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn
General tickets are $30/ $20 With FDNY and NYPD badges
FDNY Firefighters vs. Russia’s EMERCOM Firefighters
- June 26 (6pm)
Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, 23rd Street and Hudson River Park, Manhattan
General tickets are $30/ $20 With FDNY and NYPD badges
Tickets can be purchased online here.
Bukharian Jewish Heritage Festival
The Bukharian Jewish community of Queens celebrates its heritage and talents at this afternoon of performances by community youth groups. Community health care organizations and medical centers will be working on site to educate visitors and offer free services. Bukharian Jewish Community Center, 10616 70th Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375 (Queens), 12-4 pm, 718-261-1595. Free admission.
The Nomad: Memory of the Future
An exhibition of sleek sculptures, elaborate graphic works, and brilliant jewelry that preserves the intrigue and elegant force of the time of Genghis Khan. All works by sculptor, artist, and jeweler Dashi Namdakov, one of the first living artists to exhibit at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. Artist website:www.dashi-art.com. National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, June 16-July 27 (M-F 10am-5pm, Sun. by reservation 212-475-3424). Free admission
The Caring Canvas Presents: A Right Brain Experience
This year, Laura Brunetti, a passionate advocate of healing through art, is bringing a new Caring Canvas exhibit called A Right Brain Experience to the Brownstone. The Brownstone, 224 East 12th Street, New York, June 10-14 (M-F 10-4pm). Free admission
Spoils of War: Ode to a Refusenik Mother
Margarita Korol’s Spoils of War commemorates the artist’s mother’s 1988 immigration from the Soviet Union to Chicago. Twenty-five years after that transition, this exhibition invites all to join in celebrating the feats of refuseniks and American activists who fought in the name of the individual pursuit of happiness. The Brownstone, 224 East 12th Street, New York, June 10-12 (M-F 10am-4pm). Free admission
Russian Heritage Festival® in Brooklyn
Full day of live music, dancing, performances by community youth groups, and delicious cuisine. This annual community festival, which promotes culture, sports, and wellness is always fun for families and friends! Special performances by the contemporary Russian Bard, Timur Shaov and by a Russian children’s choir, The New Names. Representatives of the healthcare industry will also be in attendance to educate visitors and provide free medical testing. Asser Levy/Seaside Park, West 5th Street, Brooklyn, 11am-4pm. Free admission
The New Land Film Festival
In honor of the 65th Anniversary of Israel , RAF and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research join forces for this festival featuring four films. All of the films’ directors share a Jewish Heritage and the common language of Russian.
3pm, Lost Temple (2010, Sergey Grankin)
5pm,The Territory (2012, Dmitriy Khavin)
7pm, My Father Evgeni (2010, Andrei Zagdansky)
9pm, No One but Us (2011, Roman Shumunov).
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 15 West 16th Street, Manhattan. Admission is $10, $8 for YIVO members
The New Names Children’s Choir
The New Names make their debut in the U.S. with Arts Brookfield, sharing with New York audiences contemporary and classical works by Russian, European, and American composers as well as traditional Russian folk songs.
- June 5, 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Grace Building, Plaza (outdoors), 1114 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan
Free admission; RSVP to email@example.com
- June 6, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Brookfield Place, Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street, Manhattan
Free admission; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Horn Orchestra of Russia
The Horn Orchestra of Russia is a group of brass musicians that perform in the classical style of Imperial Russia, reviving traditions of horn music performances popular in the 18th century. Each of the 74 unique, handmade instruments plays a single note, producing a uniquely mesmerizing sound. National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan. Free admission with advanced reservation; RSVP to email@example.com
Nahum Tschacbasov: A Retrospective
Nahum Tschacbasov is an Azerbaijani-born American artist who found himself in the middle of some of America’s most seminal movements in art throughout his 60-year career. An extensive collection from his paintings will be hosted for a limited period of time at the National Arts Club. From the collection of Arthur T. Kalaher. National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan, June 1-16 (M-F 9am-12pm, 3-5pm, Sun. by reservation, 212-475-3424). Free admission
The Time of a Great Dream: American Artists’ Gift to the Jewish Autonomous Region of the USSR
A collection of lithographs, etchings, woodcuts, and other artworks given as gifts to the Birobidzhan Museum of Contemporary Art will be on display at the Harriman Institute. These gifts were given to Birobidzhan shortly after the Soviet government established it as a new Jewish homeland, by American artists who united to support the new settlement. From the collection of the Russian Ethnography Museum. Harriman Institute at Columbia University, 420 W 118th Street, 12th Floor, Manhattan, May 17-June 30 (M-F 10am-5pm). Free admission
Event Outside New York: Jewish Life in the Russian Empire
The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) presents Jewish Life in the Russian Empire: Photographs from the Museum of Ethnography, St. Petersburg, Russia, a unique photographic record of Jewish communities in Tsarist Russia between 1867 and 1916. The exhibition brings together sixty-three archival reproductions, featuring portraits of Russia’s Jewish subjects as well as scenes from daily life during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. More information here. The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis, MN, Apr 20-Oct 20 (M-F 10am-5pm, Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun. 1pm-5pm)
10th Annual Russian Heritage Festival
The 10th Annual Russian Heritage Festival continues its commitment to showcasing the achievements of NY’s Russian-speaking community, as well as educating all of New York’s communities about Russian culture and heritage. Over 20 diverse events will take place during the month of June and showcase hundreds of professional and community based artists, performers, and cultural ambassadors. RAF’s ongoing collaboration with Russia’s Ministry of Culture, Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture, St. Petersburg Museum of Ethnography, and NYC’s YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, will enable NY audiences to experience culturally significant and rich exhibits such as: A New Dream, American Artists Gift to the Autonomous Region in the Soviet Union, The Jews of Tsarist Russia, Masterpieces from Cherkassy Art Museum, and many others. And of course, the annual Together in New York Community Festival will showcase hundreds of NY’s community youth performers and groups in their celebration of their heritage and culture. The heritage festival will take place June 1st through the 26th. For more information, please visit our Russian Heritage Festival page.
UKRAINIAN AVANT-GARDE ART: THE ODESSAN PARISIANS EXHIBIT
Do not miss your chance to see the magnificent Ukranian Avant-Garde Art: The Odessan Parisians Exhibit, starting its world tour in New York this week! The exhibit comprises paintings from the distinguished collection of Boris Fuchsmann, Andrey Adamovski and Alexander Suslenski. It was believed that many paintings were lost during the years of Russian Revolution and the Civil War, until they were recently discovered. The paintings on view were all completed in the early 20th century by the leading members of the ‘Society of Independent Artists,’ or ‘Odessan Parisians,’ including Amshei Nurenberg, Micail Gershenfeld, Isaac Malik, Theophil Fraerman, Sigismund Olesevich and Israel Mexin. Their very name-the ‘Independents’-suggests their independence from traditional artistic movements. Indeed, parallels have been drawn between them and the French ‘Société des Indépendants.” The Independents were dubbed “Odessan Parisians” by one critic, referring to the artistic inspiration they drew from Matisse, Gauguin, Cézanne and Van Gogh. The exhibit is co-curated by Marina Kovalyov, President of RAF and member of the National Arts Club, and Sonya Bekkerman, Senior VP, Russian Paintings at Sotheby’s New York. ONGOING: January 31 – February 11, 2012, 10AM-5PM at the National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003. Tel: (212) 475-3424).
BOLSHOI BALLET ACADEMY SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM HOLDS NATIONAL AUDITIONS FOR U.S. STUDENTS
Russian American Foundation and the renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy are offering U.S. students the ability to compete for a place at the iconic Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, as part of the Summer Intensive 2012. Of those selected 15 high-school students will be offered a life-changing opportunity to spend 6 weeks during summer of 2012 in Moscow on a full scholarship, as part of the NSLI-Y program funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Additionally, one male and one female dancer, ages 9-22, will also be selected at the end of the program and will be offered a training and a performing scholarship in Moscow by the Russian American Foundation. Students in 16 cities audition to train with Master Teachers from Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one of the oldest and the most respected ballet institution in the world. “We are offering top American ballet students the opportunity to train with Academy’s master teachers,” says Rina Kirshner, vice president of the Russian American Foundation. “Those teachers have trained some of ballet’s most famous stars such as Natalia Osipova, Polina Semionova, Alexei Ratmansky, Maria Kochetkova, Nikolai Tsiskaridze and many others.” In 2011, ABT’s principal dancer David Hallberg made international headlines and ballet history by becoming the first American dancer to enlist permanently with the Bolshoi Ballet. In his youth, David Hallberg trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Youth program in U.S. To register and to see the auditions dates click here.