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Photo Exhibit: Sergei Dovlatov: Alone in the Ring

Please join the Harriman Institute for the opening of the exhibit “Sergei Dovlatov: Alone in the Ring.” Curated by Elena Dovlatov and Natasha Sharymova.
The Harriman Institute, in cooperation with the Dovlatov Estate and The New York Plus Plus-newsletter, will present a photo exhibit chronicling the life of the Russian writer Sergei Dovlatov, from his childhood years in Russia to the émigré life in the United States.
The exhibit is composed of photos from the Dovlatov family archive, from Ksana Mechik’s archive, some were taken by the writer’s friends and professional photographers, including Nina Alovert, Mark Serman, Mikhail Lemkhin, Leonid Lubianitsky.
Sergei Dovlatov was born on September 3, 1941 in Ufa, Republic of Bashkiria, USSR, where his family had been evacuated from Leningrad during World War II. Dovlatov studied linguistics at the Leningrad State University but dropped out after two and a half years. He was drafted into the army and served as a prison guard in high-security camps, where he began “taking notes”, an experience that years later formed the novel The Zone.
After the army Dovlatov worked as a journalist in various newspapers and magazines in Leningrad and later as a correspondent for Soviet Estonia Daily, in Tallinn, which is depicted in his novel The Compromise. Shortly before emigration, Sergei Dovlatov worked as tour guide in the Pushkin Preserve, near Pskov. This experience was later reflected in Pushkin Hills, which will soon be released in English for the first time.
Dovlatov wrote prose fiction, but all his attempts to get published in his homeland were in vain. He circulated his writings through samizdat and had them smuggled on film to Europe for publication in foreign press, which caused his expulsion from the Union of Journalists in 1976 and “assisted” emigration in 1979.
Sergei Dovlatov settled in New York City, where he and a group of former Soviet journalists founded the “largest Russian weekly in the world” called the New American. Dovlatov immigrated to the U.S. to become a professional man of letters and was proud that he had reached his goal.
During the twelve years he lived in the US, Dovlatov’s popularity boomed. He published twelve books in Russian and five in English – The Compromise, The Zone: A Prison Guard’s Story, Ours: A Family Album, A Foreign Woman and The Suitcase, all of which have since been translated into most European languages, as well as Chinese and Japanese.
Dovlatov was a recipient of the US Pen Club award and nine of his stories were published in The New Yorker, making him only the second Russian writer, after Vladimir Nabokov, to appear in the prestigious magazine.
Sergei Dovlatov died on August 24, 1990 and is buried in New York City. Posthumously he became one of the best-loved and best-selling authors in his native Russia. Numerous documentary films have been made about his life, several feature films were shot based on his works, plaques are honoring places where he lived, and interest in his life and work is only increasing.
Sergei Dovlatov created a literary world all his own and a fitting epigraph could be in the words of the famous US poet Wallace Stevens “The world is absurd and people are dull.”
Gratitude to all who have helped gather materials for this exhibition: Andrey Ariev, Katherine Dovlatov, Ksenia Blank-Mechik, Yakov Gordin, Mikhail Bessendorf, Natalia Dyakovskay, Lubov Fedorova, Olga Nilova, Tania Retivov, Mikhail Torich, Svetlana and Kostya Vais, Interart gallery.
Photo: S.Dovlatov.M.Erimin, V.Uflyand. Photo by N. Sharymova

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Alex Kaluzhsky + Polina Barskaya: An Evening of Art, Film and More

Come to the JCC’s state of the art theater for a screening of Alex Kaluzhsky’s award-winning short film ARKADAYA, as well as the premiere of his latest film, THE VISITORS, about the life of a young American artist with a recognizable past, and four additional short films. After the films, stay for music from Lev ‘LJOVA’ Zhurbin and a wine and cheese reception amidst an exhibition of the artist, Polina Barskaya’s, work.

By Alex Kaluzhsky
Winner at Hammertonail’s Short Film Contest judged by Sundance’s Mike Plante, Beasts of the Southern Wild Director Benh Zeitlin & filmmaker Levi Abrino

The Milky Way – 13 min
By Sean Bloch
Official Selection at the Austin Film Festival

An Idle Dream – 15 min
By Syrie Moskowitz

Henley – 11 min
By Craig Macneil & Director of Photography Noah Greenberg
Winner Best Short Film GenArt Film Festival, and Official
Selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival

The Visitors – 18 min
By Alex Kaluzhsky

Made possible by a generous grant from the Blueprint Fellowship project of COJECO, funded by UJA-Federation of NY, and Genesis Philanthropy Group.

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Svetlana Shmulyian (vocal) and gypsy gazz legend Lollo Meier

With sinti gypsy blood running through his veins it will feel like Django Reinhardt himself performs again when French gypsy jazz guitar virtuoso and composer Lollo Meier makes his rare New York appearance at Smalls Jazz Club. This time pairing up with the New York jazz vocalist Svetlana Shmulyian (“jazz experimentalist” (Broadway World), “energetic vocalist” (Wall Street Journal), “great vocals” (Socially Superlative) and backed by the New York strummer Ted Gottsegen’s combo.

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Dmitry Krymov Lab, Moscow School of Dramatic Arts "Opus No. 7"

Directed by Dmitry Krymov. Scenic Designs by Vera Mart­ynova and Maria Tregubova.
AMERICAN PREMIERE – 8 Performances Only! Tickets on sale to the general public on Nov 1.­­
­Known internationally for his inventiveness and ingenuity, Dmitry Krymov creates fantastic spectacles of operatic proportion with the simplest of materials. Larger-than-life puppets, cacophonous dancing pianos, musicians who become actors, actors who become acrobats, and walls that erupt with imagery inhabit a stunning theatrical world that changes in the blink of an eye. One never knows what will happen next in Krymov’s Opus No. 7. Presented in two parts, Genealogy and Shostakovich, it’s about the legacy of oppression of Soviet Jews and artists under Stalin — by turns tender and delicate, comedic and sinister.
Dialogue is presented in Russian with English supertitles.­


Anya Roz

Anya Roz (aka Anya Rozhdestvenskaya) is an artist and photographer residing in New York on the Spanish side of Harlem. She was born and raised in Moscow in an eclectic family of artists. Studied design at the Pratt Institute in New York, but later focused on painting and photography as the main pursuits. In the past couple of years her work appeared in various New York venues, including the Ico Gallery (Chelsea), Set Gallery (Brooklyn), Art in Flux (Harlem), and 287 Spring.
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Anton Vitkovskiy

I’m a Graphic Designer and Artist living in new York. I moved to US 12 years ago. My fine art style is post-expressionism.

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Rising Russian Poets with Key American Poets

the POETRY of FRIENDS and STRANGERS. A trio of rising talents on Russia’s vibrant poetry scene – Dina Gatina, Lev Oborin and Alla Gorbunova – among the most compelling voices in their country’s poetic evolving poetic tradition, come to the New York Public Library. These provocative young poets read from their work, discuss the variety and richness of contemporary Russian verse, and open up their art and its role in Russia’s volatile political and social realities.
Reading alongside them will be Matthew Yeager, Tina Chang and Heather Christie, key American poets whose work, both in breadth of vision and acclaim, complements and contrasts with that of the Russian poets in interesting and revealing ways.
David Lehman of The Best American Poetry hosts poets Alla Gorbunova, Heather Christie, Matthew Yeager, Lev Oborin, Tina Chang and Dina Gatina.
Alla Gorbunova Born in 1985 in St. Petersburg, on Vasilievsky Island, Alla Gorbunova graduated from the Philosophy Department of St. Petersburg University in 2008 with majors in social philosophy and the philosophy of history. She currently works as a translator, reviewer, and journalist, and teaches philosophy at the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. First and foremost, however, she is a poet. In 2005, Alla won the Debut Prize for her poetry. Since then, she has published two widely read collections of poetry, the latest of which has been short-listed for the Andrei Bely Prize.
Heather Christie Ms. Christie was born in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire in 1980. Her three poetry collections are What Is Amazing, The Difficult Farm, and The Trees The Trees. This year, the last of was honored with the Believer Poetry Award. Heather Christie teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. She also serves as Web Editor for jubilat and coordinates lectures for the Royal Society of Hadley for Improving Natural Knowledge at Flying Object, in western Massachusetts, where she lives.
Lev Oborin A highly influential young poet and critic. Born in 1987 in Moscow, he graduated from the Russian State University for the Humanities with a degree in philology. He is currently a graduate student there, studying Russian-British cultural ties. He has been the originator of a web site dedicated to experimental poetry and a guitarist in an indie rock band. He is also a translator (poetry and essays from English into Russian).
Tina Chang Tina Chang is the reigning Poet Laureate of Brooklyn, an honor she has held since 2010. Born in 1969 in Oklahoma, she was raised in New York. Currently, Ms. Chang teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. She has has published several collections of her verse and been the editor of a number of anthologies. Tina Chang’s poems have appeared numerous important publications, among them The American Poet and The New York Times. She has received awards from Academy of American Poets, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and Poets & Writers.
Matthew Yeager The son of a coal miner’s daughter, Yeager was raised in Cincinnati and has lived in New York City since 2002. His poems have appeared in NANOfiction, Sixthfinch, Bat City Review, Supermachine, Gulf Coast, as well as The Best American Poetry 2005 and The Best American Poetry 2010. His short film “A Big Ball of Foil in a Small NY ApartmentтАЭ was an official selection at thirteen film festivals in 2009 and 2010, picking up three awards. Other distinctions include the 2009 Barthelme Prize in Short Prose and two MacDowell fellowships. His work is widely taught. A first book of poetry is forthcoming from NGM Books.
Dina Gatina Born in 1981 in the Russian provinces, in the town of Engels, Dina Gatina graduated first the Saratov Arts School and then the Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art. She currently lives in St, Petersburg, where she works as an artist, illustrator and, of course, poet. In 2001, she made the short list of the Debut Prize for her poetry; then, in 2002, she won the prize outright in the short prose category.
Moderated by David Lehman, one of the foremost editors, literary critics, and anthologists of contemporary American literature. David Lehman is also one of its most accomplished poets. Born in New York City in 1948, Lehman earned a PhD from Columbia University and attended the University of Cambridge as a Kellett Fellow. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, creator of The Best American Poetry series, and editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. Lehman’s numerous honors include fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award. David Lehman is a member of the faculty at both the New School and New York University. He lives in New York City.
This event is brought to you by «CAUSA ARTIUM», a NYC-based arts non-profit, in cooperation with the Debut Prize Foundation.
For over a decade, the Debut Prize has sought out young Russian-speaking literary talent the world over. Receiving as many as 70,000 submissions annually, Debut is a vast competition, one of Russia’s elite literary honors and a landmark in the literary calendar, the brainchild of Andrei Skoch, a noted philanthropist, businessman and member of the Russian parliament.
Part of The New Russian Literature
***For the general English-speaking public.*** -The readings will be in Russian and English.-
***There will be a reception following the reading and discussion with an opportunity to meet the poets.***