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Exhibit Opening & Reception. Ukraine in Ruins: 1941-42, 2022
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Please join us for an opening reception for our exhibit Ukraine in Ruins, 1941-42, 2022. The exhibit consists of 18 black and white acrylic-and-pen paintings, 9”x12”, on canvas sheets. Seven depict central Kyiv in ruins in 1941-1942, as a result of explosions set off by the retreating Soviets; the paintings were completed in mid-2021. Eleven depict Ukraine in ruins in 2022, as a result of Russia’s genocidal war; these were completed during the war, in 2022.

Alexander J. Motyl is a painter, writer, and professor. His artwork has been shown in solo and group shows in New York, Philadelphia, Westport, and Toronto and is part of the permanent collection of the Ukrainian Museum in New York and the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Winnipeg. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2008 and 2013, he is the author of eleven novels and a collection of poetry. He has done performances of his fiction at the Cornelia Street Café and the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. He teaches political science at Rutgers University-Newark and is the author of eight academic books and numerous articles. He is the 2019 Laureate of the Omelian and Tatiana Antonovych Foundation. According to Academic Influence, Motyl was ranked sixth among the “Top Ten Most Influential Political Scientists Today.” Motyl served as Associate Director of the Harriman Institute from 1992 to 1998.