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Exhibit: After Chernobyl: Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart, Harper Memorial Library Commons, March 28-May 20

COMING SOON to the University of Chicago

After Chernobyl: Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart

In the 25th anniversary year of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, this stirring exhibit examines the everyday life and struggles of people living in the disaster’s wake.

The exhibit opens on March 28, 2011 and continues through May 20, 2011.

Exhibit Location:
Harper Memorial Library Commons, Stuart Reading Room
3rd Floor of the Harper Memorial Library Building
1116 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Public Viewing Hours:
Monday through Saturday, 9am – 6pm
Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Free Admission

When a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded in April 1986, it sent radioactive contamination across the world. In Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, 350,000 people lost their homes. Some 850,000 participated in the clean-up efforts. Now 25 years later, six million people continue to live in contaminated areas. The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone remains a terra incognita: closed to the public, inaccessible, misunderstood, alternately feared and forgotten, and used as a political weapon by competing interest groups.

After Chernobyl: Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart documents the experiences and everyday struggles of people living in the wake of Chernobyl. Through the images and stories shared in the exhibit, visitors will learn why thousands of people still work or live inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone a generation after the accident; why so many remain nearby in their radiation-affected villages; and how people cope with the unexpected life changes caused by the accident.

About the Artist:
Michael Forster Rothbart is a photojournalist, whose projects explore the human impacts of environmental change. His interactive website After Chernobyl resulted from his Fulbright year in Ukraine. After years in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and India, Forster Rothbart now lives in upstate New York and photographs for educational institutions — primarily colleges, museums, and private schools. His next documentary project, Fracking Pennsylvania, will explore the effects of natural gas drilling on rural communities.

After Chernobyl: Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart opens on March 28, 2011 and continues through May 20, 2011.

Sponsored by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasoan Studiesthe Center for International Studiesthe Program on the Global Environmentthe Global Health Initiativethe U of C Arts Council,Harper Memorial Library Commons, and the Soviet Arts Experience.

For more information please contact CEERES at ceeres@uchicago.edu or 773-702-0875.

 

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The Exhibit Reception for “After Chernobyl: Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart,” Harper Memorial Library Commons, April 8

The Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies invites you to:

The Exhibit Reception for “After Chernobyl: Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart.”

Featuring Prof. Timothy Mousseau of the Chernobyl Research Initiative and the photographer Michael Forster Rothbart.

April 8th, 2011
6:00pm – 8:30pm
Harper Memorial Library Commons, Stuart Reading Room
3rd Floor of the Harper Memorial Library Building
1116 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

In the 25th anniversary year of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, this stirring exhibit examines the everyday life and struggles of people living in the disaster’s wake.

At the reception, Prof. Mousseau and Mr. Forster Rothbart will each share their perspectives on the human and ecological tolls exacted by the nuclear accident at Chernobyl.

Timothy Mousseau is Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Education and Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina. Prof. Mousseau is also on the management team of the Chernobyl Research Initiative and one of the leading scholars on the environmental and biological effects of the Chernobyl disaster.

Michael Forster Rothbart is a photojournalist, whose projects explore the human impacts of environmental change. His interactive website After Chernobyl resulted from his Fulbright year in Ukraine.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by CEERESthe Center for International Studiesthe Program on the Global Environment,the Global Health Initiativethe U of C Arts CouncilHarper Memorial Library Commons, and the Soviet Arts Experience.

For more information, or for assistance in attending, please contact CEERES at ceeres@uchicago.eduor 773-702-0875.

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Art: “Adventures of Light: Voytek Glinkowski and His Students,” Opening Reception with Artists, The Polish Museum of America, April 14

ADVENTURES OF LIGHT

An exhibit by Voytek Glinkowski and his students – April 14 to April 21, 2011

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Monika Nowak

Tel. 773-384-3352 ext. 103, e-mail: pma@polishmuseumofamerica.org

PARTY AT THE MUSEUM!

LIVE JAZZ, ARTWORK FOR SALE,

POLISH BEER, AND MUCH MORE!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

THE POLISH MUSEUM OF AMERICA

Join us for a special and fun-filled Polish Museum of America (PMA) fundraising event

Opening Reception with the artists

Adventures of Light: Voytek Glinkowski and His Students

The exhibition will feature intriguing paintings and drawings – poetic light impressions of colorful landscapes, flowers, still life and figure compositions – by the talented Voytek Glinkowski and his students: Beth Boyd, Margaret Boyd, Olga Dolgun, Carole Gilberg, Inna Goldman, Joyce O’Callaghan, Natalia Osipova.  

Works will be for sale, and 30% of the price will be donated to the PMA Art Gallery Renovation Fund.

Exhibition until April 20th .

Performance by acclaimed Jazz singer Agnieszka Iwańska at 8:00 p.m.

Flavors of Kasia’s Deli and Żywiec Beer.

One free drink will be served.

Live music and a cash bar.

Admission: $ 10 for Museum members, $ 15 for non-members.

All proceeds will support the PMA Art Gallery Renovation Fund.

Renovation is taking place and the grand re-opening

of the Stephen and Elizabeth Ann Kusmierczak Art Gallery is scheduled forNovember 2011.

The PMA boasts a world class, unique collection of Polish art not to be missed.

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Art: Shared Dreams, Vassilen Vasevski and Alexander Telalim, Avram Eisen Gallery, November 5-30

Shared Dreams

Blue Angel by Alexander Telalim
“Nymph IV” by
Alexander Telalim

Paintings by Vassilen Vasevski
and Alexander Telalim

Opening: Friday, November 5th, 5-9 p.m.
Show runs through November 30th

Our November offering at the gallery features the evocative work of two accomplished artists, Vassilen (Vassi) Vasevski, and Alexander (Sasha) Telalim.

These two painters are friends and have much in common. They are both Bulgarian born and have have achieved Masters degrees from the Academy
of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. Both have had their works exhibited widely across Europe and have shared their considerable talents broadly in the American art arena. And both of their work captures beautiful women in meditative states. Hence the name
of our show–Shared Dreams.

It has been said of Vassi’s work:
“…Delicate and discreet, his paintings stand unencumbered by multilevel symbolic messages The metaphoric expression gives away to flowing transitions of color, to a longing for tranquility and spiritual harmony….These paintings represent an intensified state, a concentration of emotion that seeks peaceful tranquility hidden behind the closed eyes of a woman.”

–Dr. Daniela Chulova-Markova, Art Critic

And of Sasha’s:
“His inherent creative freedom and his ability to reveal the internal essence of the object bring life to everything his brush touches on.  Telalim’s pictures are engendered in a peculiar meditative state – both the key to the “magic garden” and the flower that we carry away.”                 –Newspaper “L’Elsace”, France“… a dream that goes beyond reality… ” –“Literaturen Vestnik”, Sofia

Avram Eisen Gallery
5204 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL  60625

PHONE: 773-271-3008
EMAIL:  avrameisengallery@yahoo.com

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Prague: Opening of an Original Exhibition, Trip to the New World 1902-1903, October 27

Opening of an original photo exhibition Trip to the New World 1902-1903 on the occasion of the Czech National Holiday at the Consulate General of the Czech Republic.

When: Wednesday, October 27
Time: TBD
Where: Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago
205 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1680

The event is held under the auspices of Ambassador Dana Hunátová, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Chicago, presented in cooperation with the Prague Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International.

For more information please contact the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago at (312) 861-1037 ext.100

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