Today, July 7th, Ukrainians celebrate the Nativity of John the Baptist, a prophet who foretold the coming of Jesus Christ. This feast is very important for Ukraine’s Christians, as Jesus himself called John his predecessor, strongly expressed his respect to
If you missed our online discussion with Marta Dyczok, Alexander J. Motyl and Adrian Karatnycky, you can now watch the full video online.
While our gallery is closed, we invite you to revisit our past exhibition of wearable and decorative fabric art by Ukrainian artist Anastasiia Podervianska. Curated by Walter Hoydysh, PhD, director of Art at the Institute, this exhibition marked Ms. Podervianska’s first showing in New York.
On Saturday, May 30th at 7PM we held a live stream of the preview of the Music at The Institute (MATI) 2020/2021 season, featuring pianist Pavlo Gintov, performing works by Serhiy Bortkevych (also spelled ” Bortkiewicz “), an oft-overlooked Ukrainian composer. During
Please see a video of the Ukrainian-American writer Yuriy Tarnawsky reading a passage from his novel Three Blondes and Death “Why is water so beautiful”. The novel has been described as a Mies van der Rohe’s skyscraper towering over the
The Ukrainian Institute of America mourns the loss of Ukrainian composer, conductor, musicologist and its long time friend, Myroslav Skoryk (July 13, 1938 – June 1, 2020), who passed into eternal rest in Kyiv.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
May he Rest in Eternal Peace.
The Ukrainian Institute of America mourns the loss of a journalist and its long time friend, Helen Perozak Smindak (1928 – 2020).
Today, May 30th, marks 133 years since the birth of Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964), the first Cubist sculptor.
Every book on twentieth century modern art mentions Alexander Archipenko. While alive, he was acknowledged as one of the most acclaimed modern sculptors in the world. Artworks visualized and executed by Alexander Archipenko are held in important private and international museum collections, among them, Centre George Pompidou, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Kunstmuseum Bern, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Phillips Collection, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Tate Gallery, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art. Notwithstanding this, with his unique art, he raised awareness of Ukrainian culture to a higher level more than any Ukrainian diplomat could have.
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.