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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.

About Chagall

  • Self Portrait with a Laughing Expression,1924-25, etching and drypoint, 11 x 8 1/2 inches

    Self Portrait with a Laughing Expression,1924-25, etching and drypoint, 11 x 8 1/2 inches

    Regina Khidekel family collection

Thirty two years since Marc Chagall's passing… I observed denigration and belittlement of this artist by Soviet officials, which continued even in early post-Soviet times. Based on two prejudices – against his Modernism (meaning non-Socialist-Realism) and Jewishness – this behavior toward him was more apparent in Vitebsk, Belarus, his birthplace, than Moscow, Russia. Some changes have been allowed by the Belarusian government – there is a Chagall Museum in Vitebsk today – but until that government becomes representative, democratic and the country it governs – free, the artist will not be duly recognized where he always yearned for recognition.

Dmitry Borshch

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