Ihor Sikorsky, Ukrainian-born American aviation pioneer, was born in Kyiv in 1889. His mother was a doctor and his father a psychology professor at Kyiv University.
Homeschooled by his mother until age 9, he acquired a love for science through the flying machines in Leonardo da Vinci’s journals and Jules Verne’s books. By age 12, the budding engineer had already built a rubber band powered helicopter.
While studying at the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, he designed two helicopters, among the first such designs in the world, as well as a series of biplanes. On December 29, 1911 he established the world speed record (111 km/hr) for a loaded plane (three passengers), the C-6. From 1912 to 1917 he worked as chief designer at a Russian-Baltic aviation company, where he designed and built the first airplanes with multiple engines. In 1918 he emigrated to France, and in 1919 to the United States, where he founded a number of aviation companies and headed several design teams, which constructed various airplanes and hydroplanes.
It is celebrated on the third Thursday of May. The Ukrainian traditional embroidered shirt is not just a beautiful garment, but a genetic code of the nation. Check out this interactive map of Ukrainian embroidered shirts throughout different regions of Ukraine and fee free to share your vyshyvanka with on our social media.
If you are longing for outdoor activities, try going for a virtual walk through Ukrainian open-air museums. This website was created by the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture in cooperation with Google, and features seven open-air museums in different parts of
Today, we commemorate 76 years since the May 18, 1944 mass deportation of the Crimean Tatars from their homeland on the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine. The Crimean Tatars’ ongoing struggle as victims of the Soviet ethnic cleansing under Stalin has
Zhanna Kadyrova: The Market A special installation direct from the 2020 Armory Show, by 2018 PULSE PRIZE winner and 58th Venice Biennale representative from Ukraine, lands on New York’s Museum Mile. Art at the Institute is pleased to present Zhanna
Video conferencing is the new meeting room. It’s also the new friend hangout, date night, birthday party, workout class—well, you get the idea. Transport yourself to the Ukrainian Institute of America for your next Zoom meeting.
Revisit this group exhibition that was on display in our gallery in the summer of 2014. This dynamic selection of paintings featured works by Vasyl Bazhaj, Ilona Sochynsky, Temo Svirely, Max Vityk and Mykola Zhuravel.
“Julia Blue” was shot entirely in Ukraine and beautifully depicts the country and her people in the post-Maidan era. It is the first American independent narrative feature film to be entirely shot with all Ukrainian cast and crew.
Julia, a photojournalism student living in war-torn Ukraine, finds her path towards independence and a brighter future challenged after meeting and falling for English, a young soldier fresh from the war zone.