This Week

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 to Friday, October 13, 2017
Harriman Institute Atrium, 12th floor International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St)

Exhibit runs from September 12 – October 13, 2017. Exhibit hours are Monday–Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM.

Please join us at 6:00pm on Tuesday, September 12 for the opening reception. 

This exhibit is co-sponsored by the Durdy Bayramov Art Foundation.

Durdy Bayramov (1938-2014) grew up in an orphanage in Turkmenistan and overcame the significant challenges of his youth to become an acclaimed Eurasian artist. Through a prolific career as a painter that spanned more than 55 years, Bayramov was best known for his compelling portraits. His tender approach evokes the special character and qualities of each of his subjects, with whom he shared a deep rapport.

These photographs were selected from Durdy Bayramov’s personal archive. Although he took great pleasure in photography, Bayramov used it primarily as a tool in his artistic process and never expected that others would find them fascinating in their own right. The images provide a rare and intimate glimpse into the customs and material culture of Turkmen villagers during this period, and at the same time reflect the profound human spirit shared by all communities.

The photographs are sectioned into three categories: "Portraits of Turkmen Villagers", "Villagers at Work", and "Villagers at Home and Play".

Acclaimed Turkmen artist Durdy Bayramov (1938–2014) grew up an orphan but rose to become one of Central Asia’s best-known and most celebrated painters. During a career that spanned over 55 years, Bayramov created more than 5,000 artistic pieces and his work has been featured in over 100 solo and group exhibitions worldwide. He was a recipient of numerous prestigious awards and distinctions, including the honorary title of People’s Artist of Turkmenistan (1991), Academician of the National Academy of Arts of Kyrgyzstan (1998), and the “For the Love of the Motherland” medal (2008), presented by the President of Turkmenistan. In addition to being represented in all the main museums in Turkmenistan, Bayramov’s paintings can be found in private collections and museums around the world.

Durdy Bayramov believed passionately in the power of art. In his own words, “Art is deeply human. It expresses hopes, lifts the spirit, and inspires confidence in one’s abilities.” We are committed to advancing his legacy by sharing with all people the profound joy of creating and experiencing fine art.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building)

Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University for a presentation by Mariana Budjeryn (Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center).

The dramatic collapse of the Soviet empire in 1991 presented the world with an unprecedented challenge: some 29,000 Soviet strategic and tactical nuclear weapons suddenly found themselves on the territory of not one but four new sovereign nations: the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. While Russia inherited more than two-thirds of the Soviet Union’s nuclear arsenal and its status as a recognized nuclear weapons state, the scale of nuclear inheritance of the non-Russian republics was nevertheless staggering: Ukraine became home to the third-largest and Kazakhstan – the fourth-largest strategic nuclear arsenal in the world. By 1994, the three non-Russian Soviet successors relinquished their nuclear inheritance and joined the international nonproliferation regime as non-nuclear-weapons states. What could have been the greatest single wave of nuclear proliferation in history had been successfully averted. The talk is an exploration of how this happened and why. It exposes the dilemmas and ambiguities of post-Soviet nuclear predicaments and looks at how the divergent interpretations political leaders of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine developed regarding their nuclear inheritance affected the path of these countries toward nuclear disarmament.

Mariana Budjeryn is a research fellow with the International Security and Managing the Atom programs at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Mariana earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary and her B.A. in Political Science from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine. Her current research examines the role of the international nuclear nonproliferation regime in the nuclear disarmament of Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Her analytical contributions on post-Soviet disarmament and the current Ukrainian-Russian crisis have appeared in The Nonproliferation Review, Harvard International Review, World Affairs Journal, Arms Control Today, Krytyka, and the Wilson Center publications.

This event is free and open to the public.

Monday, October 2, 2017
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building)

Please join us for a talk with Yulia Kleiman, Senior Lecturer at the Russian State Institute of Performing Arts and Chief Editor of the cultural journal Petersburg Theatergoer.

In this talk, Dr. Kleiman will bring insight to the contemporary Russian Theatre in the context of Western theatre tradition, and explore the following questions: What are the origins of Russian Theatre art? What are modern theatre trends? How are forms and ideas of the theatre in Russia connected to its social and political life?