Exhibit: May 31 – September 30, 2013
Reception: Friday, June 14, 2013 @ 6pm
While it’s commonplace to commemorate the anniversary of wars and revolutions, we seldom celebrate periods of peace. However, those are the times when the foundation is laid for progress and reform. The newest exhibit at the UMA will focus on the period before the First World War – a period of growth in national awareness and cultural creativity in many diverse fields including history, literature, ethnography, music and art.
Drawing on the vast collections at the UMA, the exhibit will explore this peaceful time in world history which was also arguably the most productive in cultural creativity for Ukrainians, when people like Ivan Franko, Lesia Ukrainka, Mykola Lysenko, Olena Kulchytsky, Michael Hrushevsky and countless others were providing the basis for nationhood and ultimate independence which was reached generations later.
Centerpiece of the exhibit will be an amazing album of photographs taken from 1906 to 1914 by Stephan Dmokhovsky, a military physician in the Austrian army and a pioneer in what was then the new field of photography.
Tragically this productive age ended in the disaster of WWI in 1914 which led to police states, terror, famine, a second World War, a Cold War, and an era of unbounded repression that didn’t end until Ukrainian independence in 1991. Join us as we celebrate the Golden Age of 1900-14 – a whole century ago – and see the showcase of many treasures that the UMA holds from that era.