Feb 13

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art Presents an Evening of Chamber Music

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art Presents an Evening Program of Chamber Music
Performed by
Works by:  Myroslav Skoryk, Mykola Lysenko, and Bederich Smetana
Performers: Daria Horodyskyj, violon
Vera Mucha-Chytra, violin
Michael Holian, viola
Nazar Dzhuryn, guest cellist
Admission $15

Feb 13

Chopin Theatre & Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art Movie Screening

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art and the Chopin Theatre invite you to a screening of The Guardian of The Past.  

(in Polish with English Subtitles)

Date:  Wednesday, February 20th
Time: 7:30pm
Place: Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division Street
Price: $10/$5 students

There will be a reception and discussion with the director following the screening

The film tells the inspiring story of Borys Voznytsky, longtime Director of the Lviv National Art Gallery who in the face of Soviet tyranny fought relentlessly to preserve some twelve thousand works of sacred art,  hidden at the St. Bernard Monastery in Olesko, Ukraine until this day. The Guardian of the Past garnered awards at documentary festivals in Los Angeles (2005), Kyiv (2006) and Moscow (2007).

About Borys Voznytsky: 

Borys Voznytsky, longtime Director of the Lviv National Art Gallery, honorary member of the Academy of Arts of Ukraine, and doctor emeritus of the Krakow Pedagogical Academy, devoted his life to Ukrainian and Polish art, traveling around Ukraine and its abandoned churches in search of neglected treasures such as icons, liturgical objects, and other remnants of religious art. The expeditions in which he involved art  historians and enthusiasts saved about twelve thousand museum-worthy artifacts, which otherwise would have been destroyed as a part of the Soviet campaign against religion. Among the artifacts Voznytsky saved were  remnants of a Baroque altar by Johann Pinsel (Jan Jerzy Pinzel) in Horodenka and a relief sculpture by Karl Albert Thorvaldsen on the Poninski family tombstone in Horyniec-Zdroj. Late in his career, Voznytsky’s search broadened to explore the churches of later eras. He died tragically in a car accident in the spring 0f 2012.

About the Director: 

Malgorzata Maria Potocka (b. 1953) is a Polish actress, director and producer. She studied acting (1975-78) and directing (1978-82) at the National Film School in Lodz, Poland. In 1985 she attended the Millenium Film Workshop in New York and lectured at the Boston Arts Academy and other universities across the US. She is most famous for her role in Andrzej Wajda s Everything for Sale (1968), and she starred in The Crystal Ball (1972) by StanisBaw Ró|ewicz and in the Circus is Leaving (1982), directed by Krzysztof WierzbiaDski.

Ms Potocka is known as a producer of experimental films, as well as numerous music videos, TV programs, and photographs. Her works have been shown in Warsaw, Krakow, Paris, Budapest and New York. As a member of Society for Creators of Culture and the Polish Filmmakers  Association since 1980, Ms Potocka is involved in promoting Polish art and culture abroad, and is renowned for her avant-garde films and art documentaries. For her acting, Ms Potocka has garnered multiple awards, such as Zbigniew Cybulski Award (1975), two awards at the Warsaw Film Festival (1986) as well as Critics  Award at the Munich Film Festival (1997).

Jan 13

Exhibit Opening: Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Opening Reception: Contemporary Artists from the Ukraine

Opening Reception:  Friday February 1st, 6-9pm

Exhibit Dates: February 1st – March 1st 2013

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art invites you to an exhibition of contemporary Ukrainian art. Artists in Ukraine historically received very traditional training that did not incorporate artistic trends that many of their global contemporaries followed. During the disintegration of the Soviet Union leading to the independence of Ukraine, the artists in Ukraine began discovering a new freedom of expression. Each artist responded differently to this new artistic freedom in diverse styles, subject matters and techniques.  The artists in this exhibition come from many different regions of the Ukraine, and their works reflects different styles and media.

Artists included:

  • Oleksander Babak
  • Oleksander Dubovyk
  • Serhiy Mikhnovsky
  • Roman Romanyshyn
  • Serhiy Savchenko
  • Oksana Stratijchuk
  • Kateryna Svirhunenko
  • Mykola Zhuravel


Aug 11

Just Opened – Mike Helbing and Roxane Legenstein at UIMA

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art presents art of Mike Helbing and Roxane Legenstein, two contemporary Chicago artists working with metals in innovative ways.

Mike Helbing’s sculptures exist as the material state of the spirit of play. He uses many found elements, so many of his pieces are additive and the first step in his sculptural process is collecting materials. After he finds a piece of metal of exactly the right shape and size, he balances or plays off one shape against another as he builds his structures.

Roxane Legenstein keeps color to a minimum, using just copper, gold, silver and iron filings on vinyl, a process she originated herself, inspired by the black sand she encountered on Lake Michigan’s eastern beaches.

The exhibit runs from August 19th – October 6th, 2011

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
2320 W. Chicago Avenue
Gallery Hours:  Wednesdays through Sundays, Noon – 4:00pm

Jun 11

Ron Kostyniuk – Opening Reception Friday Night at UIMA

Ron Kostyniuk: Constructions / Neoconstructions

Ron Kostyniuk: Constructions / Neoconstructions

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art presents works of Canadian artist Ron Kostyniuk starting Friday June 17th. The exhibit runs through August 14th 2011.  An opening night reception will be held at the museum this Friday June 17th from 6:00 -9:00pm.

From the UIMA Website:

On display will be a collection of Kostyniuk’s artwork from the 1960s to current-day. Ron Kostyniuk is no stranger to the Chicago art scene. A few years before the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art was founded, in 1971, he took part in two traveling exhibitions which came to Chicago: The International Artist Exhibit at Kazimir Gallery in 1967 and the Relief/ Construction/Relief exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 1969. Ron’s first solo exhibition opened at the UIMA gallery on September 14, 1973. Later he also took part in UIMA’s many exhibitions, including the Twenty-fifth and Fortieth Anniversary shows. Ron Kostyniuk was born in Wakaw, Saskatchewan in 1941. From 1959 to 1963, he attended the Faculties of Arts and Science and Education at the University of Saskatchewan and from 1967 to 1969, the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta. He received a Master of Science degree in 1970 and Master of Fine Arts degree in 1971 from the University of Wisconsin. His work with the Constructed Relief dates from 1963 and with the initiation of the Neo-Constructive direction in 1983, his art has continued to evolve in this mode to the present. He is currently a faculty member in the Department of Art at the University of Calgary.