12th Annual Russian Heritage Month®

June 2014
Produced by the Russian American Foundation in cooperation with the New York Post.

The month-long celebration, which takes place every June, consists of a variety of events that celebrate and honor the rich diversity of cultural traditions brought to this country from the various regions of the former Soviet Union. The events promote cross-community awareness as well as a valuable dialogue between people and cultures. The month culminates with the Annual Russian Heritage Festival®, which takes place in Brooklyn, NY.

The Memory of Time & Space: Russian and American Jewish Women Photographers in Diaspora


May 12-August 15, 10 am – 5 pm, Mon – Fri
Harriman Institute, Columbia University
12th Floor, 420 W 118th Street, Manhattan
Free Admission

An exhibit presented in collaboration with COJECO and the Harriman Institute, Columbia University, featuring works by acclaimed photographers Svetlana Didorenko, Yulia Levit, and Joan Roth.

From Primitivism to Propaganda: Russia’s Modern Masters

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May 19-June 15, 10 am – 5 pm, Mon – Fri
Please call ahead – 212.475.3424
The National Arts Club 
15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan
Free Admission

An exhibition of works on paper by some of Russia’s most notable modern artists, including Natalia Goncharova, Alexei Kruchenikh, Mikhail Larionov, Rosalia Rabinovich, Clement Redko, and the Stenberg brothers. Selected from the private holdings of the proprietors of Gallery Shchukin, an international gallery of modern and contemporary art with locations in Moscow, New York, and Paris.

Philippe Quint & Friends

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May 27, 7pm
The Time Center at the NY Times Building
242 West 41st Street, Manhattan

Please join us for the Benefit Concert “Philippe Quint & Friends” at the Times Center.  All proceeds from the evening will benefit the educational programs of the Russian American Foundation. The evening will feature specials guests, including Joshua Bell, J. Ralph, Emily Bergl, Michael Bacon, William Wolfram, the Matt Herskowitz Trio, and the Quint Quintet, featuring celebrated Argentine performers JP Jofre, Octavio Brunetti, Oren Fader and Pedro Giraudo.

Photo credit – Liza Marie Mazzucco.

Aladdin Garunov: Selected Works, 1998 – 2013

May 27 – June 30, 11 am – 8 pm, Tues – Sat
524 West 19th Street, Manhattan
Free Admission

The international arts organization Gallery SHCHUKIN celebrates the opening of its Chelsea gallery with the first solo exhibit in the U.S. of Dagestan-born artist and sculptor Aladdin Garunov. The selected works span the entire period of Garunov’s mature output as an artist and show how his exploration of the painting/object has evolved over time.

500,000 Voices of Chernobyl

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Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery
4th floor, 417 Lafayette Street, Manhattan
Free Admission

Philip Grossman’s “500,000 Voices of Chernobyl” is an emotional photo exhibit that shares personal stories of the courageous men and women who volunteered to clean up in the wake of the world’s most infamous nuclear disaster. The exhibit is comprised of 42 prints and 2 videos that portray the remnants of the lost homes of thousands.

Collectively Independent: The Exhibit of Young Russian-American Artists


June 2 – June 14, 10 am – 5 pm, Mon – Fri
Please call ahead – 212.475.3424
The National Arts Club, Trask Gallery
15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan
Free Admission

An exhibit presented in collaboration with COJECO BluePrint fellowship program featuring the works of 5 emerging Russian-American artists: Margarita Korol, Michael Korosty, Tanya Levina, Artem Mirolevich, and Irina Sheynfeld.

Russkaya Krasa at the American Folk Art Museum

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American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square, Manhattan
Free Admission

Russkaya Krasa, a Russian folk ensemble comprised of students from Moscow State Pedagogical University, performs an exciting repertoire of choral music from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The group is directed by Olga Balaban, chairman of the university’s Choral Conducting Department.


Together in New York®

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Asser Levy/Seaside Park
West 5th Street, Brooklyn
Free Admission

An annual community festival and health and sport fair, featuring a full day of live music, dancing, performances by community youth groups, and delicious cuisine. Special guest singer Svetlana Portnyansky presents a new performance.

Sergei Parajanov: The Creator

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June 17 – July 10, 10 am – 6 pm, Mon – Sat
Gilbert Albert Gallery
43 West 57th Street, Manhattan
Free Admission

The first retrospective exhibit in the U.S. of Sergei Parajanov celebrates the magic world created by one of the most brilliant and controversial creators of the 20th century. The event commemorates the 90th anniversary of the birth of the artist.

Obraztsov Puppet Theater

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Performance in Russian language for ages 7+
June 20 – 7 pm, June 21 – 12 pm
Master Theater
1029 Brighton Beach Ave, Brooklyn
For ticket information, MasterTheater.com or 718.732.3838

“Extraordinary Concert”
Performance in English language for ages 13+
June 22 – 8:00 pm
92ndY, Kaufman Hall
1395 Lexington Ave, Manhattan
For ticket information, 92Y.org/RAF or 212.415.5500

The internationally celebrated puppet theater returns to the U.S. with a program which appeals to children and adults alike. The acclaimed Moscow-based theater performs the children’s classic “Aladdin and His Magic Lamp” and the hilarious satirical revue “Extraordinary Concert.”

Magic Songs of the Eternal Steppe

KAzakh smaller June 30, 8 pm
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
881 7th Avenue, Manhattan
For ticket information, CarnegieHall.org or 212.247.7800

For thousands of years, Kazakh artists have performed music inspired by their culture and history. The concert features the Kazakh National Academic Kurmangazy Orchestra of Folk Instruments, the Kazakh National Baikadamov Choir, and renowned Kazakh vocalists.