Russian American Cultural Center

Regina Khidekel, PhD

Regina Khidekel received her PhD from St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts, became the director of that city's Diaghilev Art Center in 1990, and in 1998 the founding director of the Russian American Cultural Center in New York. She is the author of "It's the Real Thing" (1999, University of Minnesota Press), and has contributed essays to the following publications: "Lyubov Popova" (1994), "Lazar Khidekel: Suprematism and Architecture" (1995), "Sterligov Group: Paintings from Russia" (1995), "Russian Constructivist Roots: Present Concerns" (1997), "Forbidden Art" (1998), "Lev Mezsberg" (1999), "Tamar Hirschl" (2000), "In Malevich's Circle" (2000), "A Life of Colors" (2001), "Surviving Suprematism" (2004), "Family Album. Artists from St. Petersburg" (2006), "Anna Rochegova" (2008), "Homage to Diaghilev's Enduring Legacy" (2009), "Trajectory of Suprematism" (2011), "Floating Worlds and Future Cities: Lazar Khidekel, Suprematism and Russian Avant-garde" (2013), "Building Drawings and Drawing Buildings" (2014), "Lazar Khidekel and Suprematism" (2014). She has lectured at many universities, and curated many exhibitions.

Russian American Cultural Center (RACC) aims to provide permanent cultural representation to more than 700,000 Russian-speaking residents of New York. It was founded in 1998 by Dr. Regina Khidekel and earned its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in 1999.

One Hundred Years of De Stijl

  • Naked and Fiery Forms

    Naked and Fiery Forms

    RACC artist Dmitry Borshch

  • Submerged Symmetry and Surface Chaos

    Submerged Symmetry and Surface Chaos

    RACC artist Dmitry Borshch

  • Space Filled with Moving

    Space Filled with Moving

    RACC artist Dmitry Borshch

"De Stijl movement was founded in 1917. This year Rietveld and other De Stijl-ers – Mondrian, Van Doesburg, Vilmos Huszár – inspired me to produce a series of abstract drawings and sculptures. Only a few are displayed here:

"Naked and Fiery Forms" 2017, hardwood, 22 x 45 x 5 inches
"Submerged Symmetry and Surface Chaos" 2017, ink on paper, 21 x 12 inches
"Space Filled with Moving" 2017, ink on paper, 21 x 12 inches

I favor a compound approach to all visual problems that occupy me. By compound I mean multiform – I present my solution to a given problem in as many forms or through as many means as are available to me. These may be painting, printmaking, sculpting... The meaning of each completed piece is deferred until other pieces, materially and thematically linked to it, are completed. They form the understructure upon which their meaning could rest. Not able to describe a piece outside of its progressing context I hesitate whenever I am asked for an "artist’s statement". I cannot "state" my art’s meaning; its current subject, however, can be "stated" – it is rectilinear geometry."

Dmitry Borshch

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