The Ukrainian Museum's collections of folk art, fine art, and archival material reflect the rich cultural heritage of the Ukrainian people. The Museum's major exhibitions are accompanied by catalogues and supplemented by public programming, including films, lectures, concerts, tours, and workshops.
Free docent-led gallery tours at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. for Smithsonian Museum Day registrants.
Out of Tradition: Contemporary Decorative and Applied Art features the work of 35 contemporary decorative artists of Ukrainian background from Ukraine, the United States, and Canada. The aim of the exhibition is to showcase works from the innovative realm of contemporary art and design that are rooted in the tradition and aesthetic of Ukrainian folk art. Ceramics, jewelry, textiles, high-fashion clothing and accessories, and decorative items crafted from wood, glass, and silver are among the more than 150 objects on display.
Amplifying the main exhibition are selections drawn from the Museum's extensive collection of folk art. Traditional Ukrainian costumes and other textiles, pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs), gerdany (bead-strung necklaces), and ceramics serve to complement the contemporary works of art that allude to the ancient art forms. Shown separately, a collection of traditional Hutsul ceramics and the unique black-smoked ceramics from the Havarechyna region in Ukraine, brought together from various sources, underscores the rich artistry of Ukrainian culture.
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