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Harriman Institute




Russian Émigré Artists in New York– The Real Thing

The Harriman Institute and the Russian American Cultural Center (RACC) present an exhibition curated by Regina Khidekel.

Many Russian émigré artists have invigorated the New York art scene over the past three decades. The ’90s was a particularly vibrant decade for integration and the search for relevance in the realm of contemporary art and critical discourse, areas that had been lacking in Russia during the post-Soviet transition. This exhibition aims to revitalize the history of Russian artists in New York during the 1990s and early 2000s.

The exhibit and related publication will display artwork, photos, and documents from the extensive archive of the Russian American Cultural Center (RACC). Exhibited artists will include Irina Nakhova, Leonid LermanGrisha Bruskin, Vitaly Komar and Aleksandr Melamid, Alexander Kosolapov, Leonid Sokov, Ilia Kabakov, Mikhail Roginsky, Oskar Rabin, George Tsypin, Yona Verwer, Julia Nitsberg, and Leonid Lubianitsky.

This series marks the Twentieth Anniversary of RACC, and highlights 25 years of curatorial work in the U.S. by art historian and RACC founder Regina Khidekel.