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Art Calls

Share your story at "HIAS: My Story"

Message from Genia Brin, mother of Sergei Brin, National Chair of myStory, HIAS board member:
“If you are an immigrant from the former Soviet Union, like my family, I imagine you also were introduced to HIAS within hours of leaving the Soviet Union. HIAS met us at the Vienna airport and at the train in Rome and gave us local currency to use immediately. HIAS case workers helped us to fill out our emigration forms, arranged interviews at the US Consulate, and bought us tickets to travel to the United States. To this day, HIAS continues to help Russian Jews in America receive life-saving public benefits and educational scholarships, register to vote, organize self-help groups, and so much more.
Now the new HIAS website, myStory.hias.org, gives each Russian émigré another opportunity of a lifetime – to tell the story of his or her struggle and accomplishments, to pass on precious memories, to remember dear ones, and to express our hopes for the future. For while the official history of the movement is well-known, what is yet to be told are the personal experiences of ordinary Soviet Jews and non-Jews – people like you and me – who applied for exit visas despite severe pressure from the authorities and the risk of losing their livelihood, and who left everything behind in order to start a new, freer life.”

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Такой-то такой-то

What a fucking wise one! Must be an ethnographer

Рассказывает Радик: Гостил я как-то у друзей в Балтиморе. Зашли мы шумною гурьбой в супермаркет и стали весело прицениваться к товарам. Тут я со своей потребительской корзиной оказался в другой части магазина. И услышал, как одна пожилая женщина говорит мужу: “What a fucking crazy bunch! Must be Russians”.

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Exhibits

Konstantin Bokov, Recycle NYC

Konstantin Bokov studied at the Surikov’s Art Institute in Moscow. From 1972 the artist had maintained gallery of his works which attracted much interest among Moscow intellectuals. In 1975 the «ideologically unreliable» artist was expelled from the Soviet Union. Since then he has found solidarity with the marginalized waste of American culture, wandering the streets of New York City and reconstructing “Recycling Art” from its discarded scraps. Artist exhibited his works at Focus Gallery, London; La Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris; and numerous galleries and art spaces in New York City. Here’s NYTimes article on the artist.

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Недавно Константин Боков отметил своё 70-летие, в Нью-Йорке он живёт более 35 лет. Разрисованная одежда делает Костю одним из самых заметных обитателей SOHO, неотъемлемой частью богемных кварталов нижнего Манхеттена. Работы Бокова можно встретить не только в галереях и частных коллекциях, но и в кафе и ресторанчиках, где он побывал. В свою очередь, город является музой художника, его “мастерской” и “художественной лавкой”. Боков часто использует найденные на обочине предметы, он считается основателем стиля “Recycling Art”. Работы Бокова выставлялись в Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC), в Париже, во многих галереях Нью-Йорка. Наиболее успешным для художника был 1992 год, когда его пригласили во Францию для участия в престижном вернисаже Salon 92 Grand Palais. Из 250-ти участников выставки Боков оказался одним из немногих, чья работа, портрет Паломо Пикассо, была награждена и куплена.

Константин Боков родился на Украине в семье известного поэта Виктора Бокова. Во время войны отец художника был сослан в ГУЛАГ. On провёл в лагерях и ссылке почти пятнадцать лет и был реабелитирован Хрущёвым. В 57-ом году, после окончания десятилетки, Костя приехал в Москву, где впервые встретился с отцом. После службы в армии он поселился в Москве. Увидев в музее работы Ван Гога, он понял своё призвание и поступил в Строгановское Училище. Занимался в мастерской Жилинского в Суриковском Институте. Позже Боков влился в нестройные ряды нон-конформистов, и превратил свою квартиру в неофициальную галерею. Как и многие его коллеги, в 70-х годах под давлением КГБ, он был вынужден эмигрировать.

Мы благодарим Людмилу Бокову за помощь в организации этой выставки.

This online exhibit was originally published on Ycrop in 2004.

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Russian Events NY

Tatyana and Sergei Nikitin

Exclusively at the Shorefront Y, revered musical duo Tatiana and Sergey Nikitin present an unforgettable concert of Russian bard music titled “As Our Past Unfolds Before Me…”.
“As our past unfolds before me, I turn my gaze to those young boys who turned soldiers in ’41 – and humanists in ’45.” David Samoilov
The program will include songs featuring poems by Arseny Tarkovsky, David Samoilov, Bulat Okudzhava, Yunna Moritz, Yuri Levitansky, Boris Ryzhyi and others.
In Russian.

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Russian Events NY

Golem show in Brooklyn

Golem website http://golemrocks.com/

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Russian Events NY

Neoangin, Doro and Kim

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Blog

Cirkus Animation ABC – How IT works

Have you always wanted to know how they make those amazing 3D commercials on tv? Check out the video and find out the in’s and out’s of the whole animation process!

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Blog

In Soviet Russia YouTube watches you

Tim Kirby, an American living in Moscow, explains Russians in their native tongue why Yakov Smirnoff’s “In Soviet Russia…” joke is funny

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Profiles

Radik Shvarts

Born in Ukraine, studied Art in Minsk (Belarus), was a part of independent art scene in Minsk and Lviv (Ukraine). Participated in several group exhibits in Former USSR and Eastern Europe. In 1994 moved to New York, where became a graphic/web designer. Worked for Thirteen.org for 7 years. In 2000 created Ycrop.com, a site for creative Russians in US. As editor of Ycrop.com curated two group exhibits of painting and photography; two ‘Ycrop Showcase’ Animation and Short Film mini-festivals; promoted concerts of local and touring acts; organized movie screenings, poetry readings and parties. At parties performs under name of DJ Spacedog (www.DJSpacedog.com). Curated international mail-art project ‘Ticket to Jerusalem’ (www.TickettoJerusalem.com)

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Russian Events NY

Swingin' Pinguin party

Audioprophecy (Boston), DJ Reedoo (omnitribe), DJ Spinach, burlesque by Dina, Hungry March Band, BBQ by Ilia Pasymansky, instant photo booth by Ilia Popenko.