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
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.

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1:00 PM13:00

Forgotten Forms Reception (At Chicago Cultural Center)


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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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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