Ukrainian Socialist Realism
The Jurii Maniichuk & Rose Brady Collection
September 14 – October 7, 2012
If you missed the Ukrainian Institute of America’s recent exhibit, Ukrainian Socialist Realism, you missed a great show of paintings by Ukrainian artists of the 1950s-1980s. But you can still see gems of the Collection of Jurii Maniichuk and Rose Brady at the Ukrainian Institute’s building on 2 E. 79th St. in New York City now. The Institute recently renovated the fourth floor of its historic building and is dedicating it to the arts. Works from the Maniichuk-Brady collection will be on display through 2018.
The exhibit, Ukrainian Socialist Realism, ran from September 14th through October 7th. More than 300 people attended the opening reception on Sept. 14, one of the best turnouts ever for an Institute opening. About 80 people took part in the symposium on the subject, “Ukrainian Socialist Realism: Propaganda or Art?” on Sept. 16. Artist and Graphic Designer Hilary Zarycky, Professor Alexander Motyl of Rutgers University, and Professor Lyudmila Lysenko of the Ukrainian Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture addressed the issues of art and propaganda. See Professor Motyl’s recent article, “Seeing Ukrainian Socialist Realism,” in the World Affairs Journal.
Ukrainian Socialist Realism displayed paintings collected by the late Jurii Maniichuk, a Ukrainian-American lawyer who worked as a consultant for the World Bank in Kyiv in the mid-1990s. The works have never been shown outside the Soviet Union. As artists and museums struggled in the economic turmoil of the 1990s in newly independent Ukraine, Maniichuk assembled a small team of art specialists to help him assemble a collection of museum quality paintings of a genre in danger of being destroyed. Maniichuk legally transported these paintings from Ukraine to the U.S. in 1999. Maniichuk died unexpectedly in 2009 while visiting Ukraine. His wife, Rose Brady, now administers the collection.
You are invited to post your comments about the paintings or the show on this blog or to email Rose Brady at firstname.lastname@example.org.