Jul
28
1:00 PM13:00

Raw Reckoning Gallery Talk

July 28, 1-3pm
Please join us for a gallery talk featuring Michael K. Paxton and Dr. Robert Cohen.


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Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

Blue Collar Opening Reception

Opening Reception: 6-9pm, August 9th, 2019
On display from August 9th-October 6th, 2019

Blue Collar is an exhibition that has its roots in construction both physically and theoretically. Labor lends to an appreciation of the result of the task at hand. It is a dedication. The act of “putting in work” results in something being built to further our progression. That “work” translates not only into the physical task but also influence, investigation, perspective and trust in understanding. The works of both Cleveland Dean and Anthony Adcock envelop themselves in history, a dedication to mastery and a result that reflects not only aesthetic enjoyment but deep contemplation.

Blue Collar will feature new works from both artists’ catalogues inclusive of painting, sculptures and installations. The works of Cleveland and Anthony have a symbiotic relation to each other in how both artists explore the outward perceptions of the same unconventional materials yet explore the presentation of such in vastly different ways.

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Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Raw Reckoning Opening Reception

Michael K. Paxton,  Pillar of Dust #6 , 2018, 96" x 72", chalk, charcoal, gesso, acrylic on canvas

Michael K. Paxton, Pillar of Dust #6, 2018, 96" x 72", chalk, charcoal, gesso, acrylic on canvas

 

Raw Reckoning

Opening Reception: 6-9pm, June 7th, 2019
On display from June 7th-August 4th, 2019

Raw Reckoning is veteran Chicago artist Michael K. Paxton’s one-person exhibition of large-scale paintings and works on paper that derive their structure from the study of slide sections of the effect of black lung disease on coalminers. Paxton, a sixth generation West Virginian creates pillar size fields of chalk, charcoal, gesso and acrylic on raw canvas that embrace this ongoing devastation from coal in an effort to point to a place and people not heard from often in contemporary art. Through a well ingrained working process of size and materials, the open-ended approach of how each painting is developed produces a colorful and awkward work of aggressive mark making that refuses to stand still. Pushing hard against expectations an otherness surrounds his work as he looks for the exact point where his bone deep Appalachian heritage can carve out a place for a heart’s desire to speak of something important, personal and yet as common as dirt. 

Michael K. Paxton many awards include a grant from the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc., New York; Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Visual Art Award and two Professional Development Grants; Fellowships with both Air le Parc, Project and Research Center, Pampelonne, France and Jentel Artist Residency Program, Banner, Wyoming; a Marshall University Alumni Award of Distinction; five Professional Development Grants from Columbia College, Chicago and the documentary film “Work at Hand, Michael K. Paxton” Official Selection of the 17thAnnual Great Lakes International Film Festival. Major one-person exhibitions include Miami University Museum of Art, Oxford, Ohio; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; Linda Matney Gallery, Williamsburg, VA.; Heuser Art Center, Bradley University, Peoria, IL, Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, IL; Laura Mesaros Gallery, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. He has been published in New American Paintings; featured artist/educator in issue 8 of Line Work; been the subject of both radio and television features on NPR, Chicago and WVPBS and selected and published in Art and Soul, highlighting fifty of the most noted West Virginians in the Arts. 

He is an adjunct faculty member of Columbia College, Chicago since 2005 and has BA in Art from Marshall University, 1975 and an MFA in Drawing and Painting from The University of Georgia, 1979.

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Apr
14
2:00 PM14:00

Glen Howard - Ukraine's Maritime Security Priorities

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Sunday, April 14th, 2pm
Tickets: $20, available
here

Is Russia implementing a "Boa Constrictor Strategy" by crushing Ukraine to achieve domination in the northern Black Sea, including control of dozens of gas platforms previously operated by Kyiv?   What could be the future U.S. policy in response to Russia’s war of aggression on Ukraine? The conflict in the Kerch Strait was not just about Ukraine but about the defense of Western values. How can  U.S. and the West support Ukraine? Come to hear Glen Howard's  very compelling presentation: Ukraine’s Maritime Security Priorities.

Glen Howard is the President of the Jamestown Foundation, one of the world’s leading research and analysis organizations on Eurasia. Based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Howard has overseen the research and analysis activities of Jamestown for the past 16 years and extensively dealt with Russia and Eurasia in his capacity as Jamestown President, working with the regional leaders and national strategists across Eurasia from the Baltic to Central Asia.

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Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Varady Jazz Trio: Third Stream

Leandro Varady, Kevyn Miller, Ernie Adams

Leandro Varady, Kevyn Miller, Ernie Adams

Third Stream: Ukrainian Folk Songs meet Jazz and Latin American Music Styles

Saturday, April 13, 7 pm

Tickets $20. Purchase your tickets HERE

What happens when some of Chicago’s best musicians come together and infuse Jazz with Classical elements, Latin American rhythms and Ukrainian folk melodies? You guessed it: AN UNFORGETTABLE, ONE OF A KIND CONCERT!

UIMA continues to cultivate a reputation as an essential venue for local artistic collaboration and experimentation. We are delighted to welcome Leanro Varady (piano), Ernie Adams (drums) and Kevyn Miller (bass) to our stage for a Third Stream Jazz Concert. 

Leandro López Várady, pianist and composer, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After graduating from the Catholic University of Argentina, Leandro has performed around the world, including Poland, Cuba and Bulgaria as pianist of the Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic; as well as the Symphony Center, Harris Theater, Millennium Park, Auditorium Theater, Chicago Jazz Festival, Taste of Chicago, and the Jazz&Pop Festival in Buenos Aires. 

Ernie Adams has toured, recorded and performed with some of the biggest names in music, including such stars as Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Al Jarreau, Dianne Reeves, and Stanley Turrentine to name a few. With over 100 recordings, numerous television, radio and movie soundtracks, Ernie is also a Drum/Jazz Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago and a Ravinia Jazz Mentor. 

Kevyn Miller is currently completing his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he studies upright and electric bass with Larry Kohut. While completing his studies, Kevyn has had the opportunity to work with such great artists as Jon Faddis, Mike Stern, Rufus Reid, and Tom Garling. Additionally, he has performed at Symphony Center, for the ILMEA Conference and Midwest Band Clinic, and live on WGN and ABC news. Upon completing his degree, Kevyn plans to continue to work as a freelance musician, teaching private lessons and performing throughout the Chicago area.

 

 

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Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

Brotherland Artist Talk

Sunday, April 7, 2pm

Join photographer Brendan Hoffman for a gallery talk. Hoffman has been photographing the war, and civilian life surrounding it, since its early days in April 2014, one of very few photographers to have continually worked on both sides. His portrayal emphasizes the incongruous absurdity inherent in armed conflict, the shock of the unimaginable juxtaposed with the utterly mundane. If anything is clear, it is that war is real, and it can happen anywhere.

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Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

Brotherland: War in Ukraine Opening Reception

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Opening Reception: 6-9pm, April 5th, 2019

Since protests in Kyiv drove President Viktor Yanukovych from power in February 2014, eastern Ukraine has been convulsed by a separatist insurgency that evolved into a full-fledged war centered in the provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk, an industrial region known as the Donbass.

After some four years, the war grinds on, stuck in an uneasy stalemate while delivering a steady stream of death and injury. For civilians living near the line of contact or within non-government-controlled areas, conflict is like the weather, an uncontrollable fact of life that shapes one’s day-to-day existence. Everyone continues their business as best they can with a practiced sense of normalcy.

For soldiers, enthusiasm for the cause, whether fueled by propaganda or patriotism, is tempered by the toil and terror of survival.

I’ve been photographing the war, and civilian life surrounding it, since its early days in April 2014, one of very few photographers to have continually worked on both sides. My portrayal emphasizes the incongruous absurdity inherent in armed conflict, the shock of the unimaginable juxtaposed with the utterly mundane. If anything is clear, it is that war is real, and it can happen anywhere.

--Brendan Hoffman

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Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

Suk and Krysa: In Memoriam Concert

 
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Saturday, March 30, 7pm
Tickets: $20

For the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Lubomyr Krushelnytsky is the true pioneer of Music Programming at UIMA today. For over a decade he chaired the Music Committee and took an active role in the expansion of the Institute as a member of the Board of Directors. Throughout the years of his dedicated service to our institution, he has tirelessly sought and brought unique musical talents to the stage at UIMA. Today Mr. Krushelnycky’s legacy lives on in the vibrant musical program that UIMA offers to the public. Two celebrated Ukrainian musicians and Lubko’s close friends Mykola Suk on piano and Oleh Krysa on violin, who have performed at UIMA and on stages all over the world, will return to UIMA to perform as a gift of love to Lubko’s memory. The program will include compositions by Beethoven, Bach and Skoryk. Join us for an exquisite performance in memory of an outstanding man, with the mind of an engineer and the heart of a musical enthusiast, a lyrical soul who wholeheartedly chose UIMA as the venue for fruition of his true passions. 

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Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

Marianna Humetska: Chopin by Candlelight

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Sunday, February 24th, 1pm

Tickets: $20
$25 at the door

Pianist Marianna Humetska, Co-Founder, Artistic Director, and Soloist of the "Discovering Paderewski" International Music Festival in Ukraine/Poland, is a winner of numerous prizes and diplomas in international competitions, among which include the Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians and Diaghilev Competition in Moscow, “Virtuosos of the Year 2000” Competition in St. Petersburg, Dvarionas Competition in Vilnius, and the Honens Competition in Calgary. In 2014 Marianna Humetska was awarded with the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of Poland by Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski after she performed Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s Polish Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra on Paderewski’s own piano at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw.

Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Ms. Humetska holds a Diploma with Honours from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto, and a Masters Degree from the Lviv Music Academy.

Chopin by Candlelight– an exquisite program of solo piano compositions by one of the greatest musical geniuses of all time – “poet of the piano” – Frederic Chopin. The compositions are based on Chopin’s most extraordinary music written in the last years of his life, such as Sonata #3,  Polonaise-Fantaisie and late Waltzes – where expressive possibilities of his art unfold in his favoured forms with a complexity and emotional depth. The program is also completed with a selection of exclusive arrangements of Chopin’s Songs, originally written for Voice and Piano, done by another 19th century piano genius – Franz Liszt.

Chopin by Candlelight selection is created to satisfy most demanding tastes of music connoisseurs. It is ideal for the intimate environment reminding musical salon, where close listening reveals considerable nuance and subtlety.

M.Humetska (from music notes to Chopin by Candlelight program selections) 

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A Talk: Historic Towns of Ukraine
Feb
10
1:00 PM13:00

A Talk: Historic Towns of Ukraine

Sunday, February 10, 1 pm

Tickets $20, Students Free

Please join us for an insightful afternoon with Dr. Mariana Kaplinska, as she takes us on a journey through Ukrainian historic towns, exploring their urban structures and market squares, gaging their role in the ideas of self-government and liberty as part of a wider European context, assessing the impact of the Soviet period, and ultimately, offering a better understanding of the importance of research and conservation of urban heritage of Ukraine. 

Dr. Mariana Kaplinska is a Fulbright visiting scholar from Lviv Polytechnic National University at the University of Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Program. 

Light reception, meet and greet will follow the presentation.

Get your tickets here

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Feb
2
1:00 PM13:00

Forgotten Forms Reception (At Chicago Cultural Center)

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Opening Reception: 2 – 4 pm on Saturday, February 2
On display until April 7

Chicago Cultural Center
Michigan Avenue Galleries
78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602


Forgotten Forms is a collaborative exhibition between members of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (NMPRAC), and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA), that investigates our relationship with everyday objects in context of neighborhood identity and our responsibility to creating and recreating it.

NMPRAC and UIMA will investigate seemingly everyday objects to reveal a much greater story about neighborhood identity, placemaking, and city life with the exhibition Forgotten Forms. The exhibition will highlight two emerging artists, Edra Soto and Yhelena Hall.

Yhelena Hall was born in Ukraine and studied painting and graphics at the Kharkiv State Art College when she became fascinated by iconography and folk art. In 2003-2007, she had her graphic series exhibited in solo and group shows in galleries of Kyiv, Ukraine. In 2007, Yhelena was awarded Fulbright Scholarship to obtain her MFA degree at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Concentrating in Sculpture, she developed a number of nature-based performances and process-driven sculptures, some of which were exhibited in the Samuel Dorsky Museum in New Paltz and the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City. After her graduation in 2009, she participated in several art residencies throughout the Eastern Europe. In 2011, she received Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation Grant to execute her piece focusing on the consumer identity and Ukrainian entertainment industry. Currently, based in Chicago, Yhelena continues working with sculptural media utilizing a broad range of materials with mechanical and electric elements.

Edra Soto was born in Puerto Rico and is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, educator, curator, and co-director of the outdoor project space THE FRANKLIN. She is invested in creating and providing visual and educational models propelled by empathy and generosity. Her recent projects are motivated by civic and social actions focus on fostering relationships with a wide range of communities. Most recently, Soto was awarded the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship and DCASE for Individual Artist Grant from the City of Chicago. Soto has attended residency programs at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (ME), Beta-Local (PR), and Ragdale Foundation (IL), amongst others. She is a lecturer for the Contemporary Practices Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she holds an MFA, and a bachelor’s degree from Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico.

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Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

The New UnNatural Opening Reception

Opening reception: February 1, 2019, 6—9pm

In “The New UnNatural,” seven female artists examine the modern grotesque. The genre of the “grotesque” is ancient, with examples from every culture and period. Ranging from the fanciful to the hideous, hybridized figurative forms have been used by artists around the world as satire, commentary, ornamentation and ritual. For the artists in “The New UnNatural,” Laurie Hogin, Amanda Elizabeth Joseph, Renluka Maharaj, Julie Potratz, Chloe Seibert, Maria Tomasula and Mary Lou Zelazny, the attraction to rough or deformed amalgamations is both personal and political. 

In embracing the unsettling, the absurd and the repulsive, the artists in this exhibition eschew the notion of the “beautiful,” not as a feminist critique of “beauty” or its representation in art; rather, the grotesque offers a means of coping with the rising anxieties and overstimulation of our times: a callous of sorts to strengthen one’s ability to withstand inescapable bombardment of stimuli. 

So too does the grotesque provide a vehicle for power and self-assertion, especially in the hands of women. Through the violent, technicolor chimeras of Hogin’s paintings; Joseph’s hyperreal, emphatically flawed female bodies; Maharaj’s sensual, macabre rituals; Potratz’s exaggerated, uncanny costumed performances; Seibert’s ghastly, crudely wrought faces; Tomasula’s viscous still-lifes; and the mongrel, Frankenstein-ed figures of Zelazny’s works, each artist projects a vision of the unexpectedly terrifying that reveals a visceral female sensibility.

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Dec
14
6:30 PM18:30

TYPHANIE MONIQUE QUARTET

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CHRISTMAS JAZZ CONCERT 

featuring 
TYPHANIE MONIQUE QUARTET

FRIDAY, 14 DECEMBER

DOORS: 6:30 PM | CONCERT 7 PM | RECEPTION 8:30 PM

ADMISSION: $20 ($25 at the door), MEMBERS FREE
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Take a break from the cold outdoors, embrace the yuletide spirit and celebrate the season with the appropriate amount of jazz, carols and spiced wine at our Christmas Concert! We have invited one of Chicago’s top jazz singers, Typhanie Monique, to perform holiday favorites and made the event free to Members, because we are grateful for your support and want to share the joy! The concert will be followed by a light reception, meeting the musicians and spreading the holiday cheer. 

Jazz Times magazine describes vocalist Typhanie Monique as a “modern-day Sarah Vaughan with iridescent traces of Lena Horne.” Music lovers in her hometown of Chicago and throughout the Midwest know her as that region’s local favorite—warm, soulful and charismatic.

Typhanie is a performer, educator and recording artist whose three critically acclaimed, independently produced albums have captured the ears of Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich and thousands of dedicated fans. She has shared the stage with jazz’s elite, including Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, The Manhattan Transfer and Mavis Staples. 

A bold, engaging performer with the ability to reach straight to the heart of her listeners, Typhanie has graced jazz’s most distinguished venues, including Chicago’s Jazz Showcase and City Winery, Smalls Jazz Club and The Kitano in New York, The Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis The Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis and The Dakota in Minneapolis. She has enthralled audiences and brought enthusiastic crowds to their feet at major outdoor festivals like Taste of Chicago and the Chicago Jazz Festival. Internationally, she has performed in the Ukraine, Russia, and Columbia, South America.

 

“Monique has never lacked for stage presence or vocal audacity. ... One of these days, the rest of the world is going to discover her.”—Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

“[Monique] brings a bright soprano voice to the stage with heartfelt passion and musi- cal accuracy. Her expressiveness indicates a rising star.”—Jim Santella, Cadence

“Typhanie Monique shows off her considerable chops in vintage and neosoul as well as jazz classics.”—Time Out Chicago

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Dec
2
1:00 PM13:00

 Bohdan Rubchak Commemoration

 
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The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art  and the Shevchenko Scientific Society, Chicago will host an event commemorating Bohdan Rubchak (1935-2018), the renowned Ukrainian poet, scholar, literary critic, member of the New York Group of Poets, one of the founders of UIMA literary group, and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Vasyl Makhno: Guest speaker, poet, writer

Sunday, December 2nd, 1pm 
Reception to follow

 

 
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Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

Increment Opening Reception

November 30th, 2018, 6-9pm

Featuring Barbara Cooper, Shona Macdonald, Yoonshin Park
Curated by Adrienne Kochman

Increment, at its simplest level, suggests moving forward in small, compartmentalized steps. Progress may appear slow, deliberate, conscientious, or gradual, but at its foundation lays the notion of measured change. This exhibit focuses on the work of three artists intent on drawing our attention to areas often overlooked or minimized in a world where reaching the end product directly prevails. Cooper explores the tension between nature and industry as a site of reconciliation; Macdonald ponders dislocation and "our transient and fragile hold on earth" through landscapes; and Park embraces the condition of not belonging as an opportunity for growth. All share an interest in the ensuing transformation.

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Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Enchanted Melodies: Masterpieces For Violin and Voice

Saturday, November 10, 7pm


Let “Enchanted Melodies” help you escape from the daily hustle-bustle.

A personal escape with stirring violin and vocal masterpieces letting your imagination take you wherever you want it to go. Violinist Cara Schlecker, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Kosharsky, tenor Christian Ketter and pianist Paul Dykstra will bring to life treasured Ukrainian Folk songs, dreamy melodies by Massenet and Wagner, haunting pieces including “Melody” by Ukrainian composer M. Skoryk, and intense, passionate works like “Czardas” by V. Monti and C. Gardel’s tango classic, “Por una cabeza”.

Bring your family, friends or that special someone and get ready to experience an intimate journey of music that touches the heart and soul.

Tickets: $20

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Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

Contemporary Ukrainian Graphics Opening Reception

October 12, 6-9pm

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During the Soviet period, graphics secondary status to painting as a platform for disseminating official ideology granted it a measure of flexibility. Paid less attention by state censors, artists were able to pursue personal creative endeavors, explore formal artistic issues, and introduce new and challenging techniques - ultimately expanding graphics as a medium in its own right. The collapse of the Soviet Union and state-controlled art opened greater opportunities for artists, leading graphics to become one the most popular and highly respected art forms in Ukraine.  

The exhibit highlights the progress, innovation and character shaping graphic art over the last 40 years. Featuring the work of 32 of the country's most acclaimed artists, the exhibition focuses primarily on the three major graphic centers of Kyiv, Lviv and Kharkiv, as well as paying heed to smaller communities of graphic production. Urbanization, the condition of the urban individual, modernity, and the decorative are some of the pictured themes, just as other works demonstate artist's engagement with newfound technical demands.    

The works of the following artists are included: Oleksandr Aksinin, Kostyantyn Antyukhin, Kateryna Bruievych, Alisa Gots, Valeriy Demianyshyn, Oleg Denysenko, Sergiy Ivanov, Kostyantyn Kalinovych, Iryna Kalenyk, Yaroslav Kachmar, Taras Kobliuk, Oleksiy Koval, Vitalik Kravec, Mikhail Krasnyk, Olena Kudinova, Olha Kuzyura, Vitaliy Kulikov, Pavel Makov, Natalia Myronenko, Bohdan Pylypushko, Roman Romanyshyn, Nina Savenko, Yuriy Savter, Serhiy Savchenko, Vasyl Savchenko, Bohdan Soroka, Oksana Stratiychuk, Anna Khodkova, Serhiy Hrapov, Yuriy Charyshnikov, Albina Yaloza, Kristina Yarosh.

The exhibit is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Ukrainian Consulate of Chicago and Sculpture Guild of Ukraine.

Guest Curator: Kateryna Pidhayna


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Oct
6
6:00 PM18:00

Gala of the Arts

UIMA Annual Fundraiser
Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 6pm

Gala of the Arts, UIMA’s 2018 fundraising event celebrating creativity and achievement, includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a seated dinner, remarks by special guests, a raffle, and a music performance by a renown Chicago jazz singer Lynne Jordan and her band. Gala funds support UIMA’s expansion project to include space for a Children’s Art Center.

This year we will be honoring two exceptional individuals for their service and contribution to the Ukrainian and Ukrainian-American arts and culture:


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Svyatoslav Varkarchuk
Ukraine's premier musician and singer, an emerging leader of social and political reforms.

Alexandra Diachenko Kochman
Celebrated Chicago-based artist and ceramicist, who has been involved with the UIMA since its inception.

The Gala of the Arts is one of many great opportunities for you to support the educational programming, our artists, and the many great exhibits and programs we offer to the greater Chicago community. Here are some of the ways you can show your support and make the event a great success:

• Buy a ticket and come join us at the event
• Be a sponsor and get all of the great benefits of supporting the event
• Donate a raffle item ($2,000 and up dollar value)
• Unable to attend, but still want to support the Institute? Make a donation to help support UIMA

 

For questions about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Victoria Cooper at victoria@uima-chicago.org
 

See you at the Gala!

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Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

Borders Opening Reception

Opening reception for Borders, curated by Natalie Domchenko
October 5, 6-9pm

Lincoln Schatz

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This exhibit presents images of landscapes that unite and define individuals. Whether they are specific in time and place or general in elements and geography, the landscape functions as both home and future, distance and past. The borders presented in these images help create and define the worlds presented. The four artists in this exhibit--Suzette Bross, Susan Collins, Yvette Kaiser Smith, and Lincoln Schatz--all use the visual language of landscapes to present their own visions.




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Sep
15
4:30 PM16:30

The First Lions film screening at UIMA

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Reserve your ticket here

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art presents The First Lions - a feature documentary by On The Real Film. The First Lions uncovers the history of the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art’s founding in 1971 in Chicago and the Institute's early years. Exploring the stories of Ukrainian-American artists working in modern and contemporary art methods in post-WWII Chicago, The First Lions follows the handful of founding members still living and utilizes archival photographs, films and documents. The film serves as a time capsule for the oral histories of the aging founders, as well as a catalyst for new conversations and research of Ukrainian-American art in Chicago. The First Lions is co-directed by Erin Babbin and Michael Sullivan of On The Real Film.

Join us for a screening of the film at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art.

This film is produced in conjunction with LIONS: Founding Years of UIMA in Chicago - a featured exhibition of Art Design Chicago, co-curated by Stanislav Grezdo and Robin Dluzen at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago. In this exhibition artworks by the Institute’s Ukrainian emigre founders are supplemented with selections from UIMA’s extensive collection of ephemera, including vintage posters, archival photographs, video interviews with founding members, and early notes, sketches, and letters. These items from the Institute’s archive have never before been publicly displayed. LIONS aims to showcase the unique spirit of UIMA’s founders, which continues to contribute to the character of the Ukrainian Village neighborhood and Chicago’s art history at large. Alongside the innovations, the excitement, and the artistic endeavors, LIONS also addresses the trials that accompany being a visible immigrant community in the United States. The items in the archive are over 45 years old, but the discussions of immigrant identity and heritage are just as resonant today.

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Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Sunrise Sunset: KAIA String Quartet

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Works by Giacomo Puccini, Myroslav Skoryk, Joseph Haydn and Heitor Villa-Lobos

Friday, Sep 14, 2018, 7pm
Admission: $20 in advance, $25 at the door


Kaia String Quartet, a rising star among American chamber ensembles, returns to
UIMA for another season of luxurious sound. The quartet gracefully bridges their
devotion to Latin American music with classical pieces and shine together
performing pieces by Latin American, European and Ukrainian masters. We invite you all to discover and surrender to the sound of pure emotion, precise rhythm and elegance of a truly talented collective.

KAIA String Quartet is a Chicago-based ensemble devoted to capturing the essence
of Latin American culture through the medium of the string quartet. KAIA recently
completed their residency with WFMT Chicago's classical and arts radio station
where they performed, curated, and exposed audiences to new ways of thinking
about Latin American music.

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Aug
11
6:00 PM18:00

"The First Lions: Founding Years of UIMA" Premiere

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In 1971 the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art was founded in Chicago by a doctor, two artists, and a misfit group of volunteers. This is their story. 

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art presents The First Lions - a feature documentary by On The Real Film. The First Lions uncovers the history of the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art’s founding in 1971 in Chicago and the Institute's early years. Exploring the stories of Ukrainian-American artists working in modern and contemporary art methods in post-WWII Chicago, The First Lions follows the handful of founding members still living and utilizes archival photographs, films and documents. The film serves as a time capsule for the oral histories of the aging founders, as well as a catalyst for new conversations and research of Ukrainian-American art in Chicago. The First Lions is co-directed by Erin Babbin and Michael Sullivan of On The Real Film.

Join us for the premiere of the film, followed by a Q&A with select cast and crew along with snacks from the Ukrainian Village neighborhood and a cash bar. Doors open at 6pm, screening at 7pm, reception and Q&A at 8:30pm. RSVP here

This film is produced in conjunction with LIONS: Founding Years of UIMA in Chicago - a featured exhibition of Art Design Chicago, co-curated by Stanislav Grezdo and Robin Dluzen at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago. In this exhibition artworks by the Institute’s Ukrainian emigre founders are supplemented with selections from UIMA’s extensive collection of ephemera, including vintage posters, archival photographs, video interviews with founding members, and early notes, sketches, and letters. These items from the Institute’s archive have never before been publicly displayed. LIONS aims to showcase the unique spirit of UIMA’s founders, which continues to contribute to the character of the Ukrainian Village neighborhood and Chicago’s art history at large. Alongside the innovations, the excitement, and the artistic endeavors, LIONS also addresses the trials that accompany being a visible immigrant community in the United States. The items in the archive are over 45 years old, but the discussions of immigrant identity and heritage are just as resonant today.

The First Lions film is part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. The First Lions film is funded in part by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

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Aug
3
6:00 PM18:00

LIONS Opening Reception

Opening Reception: August 3, 2018, 6-9pm

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Over the 45 years of the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art’s existence, many exhibitions have been mounted featuring artworks from the museum’s artist founders. However, the artworks in the collection only tell a part of the story. In LIONS: Founding Years of UIMA in Chicago, artworks by the museum’s Ukrainian emigre founders are supplemented with selections from UIMA’s extensive collection of ephemera, including vintage posters, archival photographs, video interviews with founding members, and early notes, sketches, and letters. These items from the Museum’s archive have never before been publicly displayed. LIONS aims to showcase the unique spirit of UIMA’s founders, which continues to contribute to the character of the Ukrainian Village neighborhood and Chicago’s art history at large. Alongside the innovations, the excitement, and the artistic endeavors, LIONS also addresses the trials that accompany being a visible immigrant community in the United States. The items in the archive are over 45 years old, but the discussions of immigrant identity and heritage are just as resonant today.

Co-curated by Stanislav Grezdo and Robin Dluzen.

LIONS is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

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Jul
8
1:30 PM13:30

Reinterpreting Religion: Performance and Artist Talk

Sunday, July 8th, 2018 
Lakshmi Ramgopal: Maali Performance (1:30pm); Reinterpreting Religion Artist Talk and Catalog Release (2:00pm)

Lakshmi Ramgopal, joined by violinist Lucy Little, gives a performance that activates Maalai, her installation in Reinterpreting Religion, integrating sound, performance art, and dance to produce a ritual that explores sacrilege and gender identity within a Hindu context.

Following the performance, Ramgopal and the other Chicago-based artists of Reinterpreting Religion—Yvette Mayorga, Roni Packer, and Rhonda Wheatley—will participate in a discussion about their artistic practices and will read excerpts from the newly released exhibition catalog that highlight their perspectives on contemporary religion. This discussion will be moderated by curator, Lauren Leving.

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Jun
10
1:00 PM13:00

Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe

In his new book Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe, Serhii Plokhy, acclaimed historian and writer describes the gripping account of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. 

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Plokhy provides the story of the Chernobyl crisis and its aftermath, utilizing Communist party, government and KGB security police archival materials that were made available after Ukraine’s 2014 revolution. Plokhy’s most insightful chapters deal with the political fallout. Attempts by Moscow to downplay design flaws in the reactor and to make scapegoats of a handful of managers and operators failed to reassure public opinion in a new era of open discussion. Chernobyl, Plokhy writes, 'ended one era and initiated another'.  The disaster proved an impetus to both Ukrainian independence and the end of the Soviet Union

Join us as we explore and honor the memory of the Chernobyl tragedy with the book presentation by Dr. Serhii Plokhy on Sunday, June 10th, at 1 pm.

Q&A with the author, book signing  and light reception will follow the presentation.

Admission $20

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Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

Pravytsya Concert

"Pravytsya," an ethno-jazz band from Ukraine, puts a modern spin on traditional folk songs, sung for hundreds of years across the various regions of Ukraine. They are performing for the first time in the United States on Friday, June 8th, 7pm, at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art.

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Featuring performers Marta Lubchyk (vocals), Myroslava Saliy (vocals), Bohdan Reshetilov (piano), and Nazar Stets (bass)

Tickets: $20

 

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May
26
7:00 PM19:00

Oksana Mukha Concert

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May 26th, 7pm

UIMA will host Oksana Mukha in a charitable concert to benefit Revived Soldiers, Ukraine.

Revived Soldiers Ukraine, is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization that helps severely wounded Ukrainian soldiers receive advanced medical care in the U.S. and acquires rehabilitation equipment to provide appropriate and affordable medical care, to improve the quality of life.

Join us for this charity concert and enjoy an amazing performance by Oksana Mukha, a renowned singer from Lviv, Ukraine.

All proceeds will go to Revived Soldiers Ukraine. The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is pleased to help Revived Soldiers Ukraine and be part of this very important effort. 

Admission: $30, purchase tickets HERE

 

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