Columbia University in the City of New York

The Harriman Institute Presents

Ukraine in Ruins: 1941-42, 2022

by Alexander J. Motyl

Four Ukrainian Soldiers in a trench
Four Ukrainian Soldiers in a trench

About the Exhibit

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.

An exhibit opening reception will take place on January 25th, 2023. Learn more >>

About the Artist

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.



Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
January 17th, 2023 through March 10th, 2023


Harriman Institute Atrium
420 W 118th St, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10027

Visitor Information

All non-Columbia visitors must meet the primary vaccination series mandate.

No registration or tickets required.