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.

Blog entries from Russian American Cultural Center

Lazar Khidekel and Suprematism

Posted: October 29, 2017 18:47

Exhibition "Lazar Khidekel and Suprematism", prepared by Regina Khidekel and Dmitry Borshch, has been launched by Google Cultural Institute. It may now be viewed, along with images from the Khidekel family collection, on Google Arts and Culture:

"The Making of Brothers" 2010, ink on paper, 37 x 42 inches

Gay marriage is two years old

Posted: June 26, 2017 16:00

Same-sex marriage is legal in all states, Washington, DC, and all US territories except American Samoa, but not on all Indian lands, since June 26, 2015 when the US Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that state-level bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. The Court ruled that the denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples and the refusal to recognize such marriages performed in other jurisdictions violate the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Jean-Antoine Watteau

Ely Bielutin's Birthday

Posted: June 09, 2017 17:58

"I became aware of the drawing technique of three chalks (à trois crayons), employed here by Watteau, when Ely Mikhailovich Bielutin (1925 - 2012) mentioned it to me in 1990. A Soviet Nonconformist who authored "Основы изобразительной грамоты" and co-authored "Педагогическая система Академии художеств XVIII века", among other books, he enjoyed sharing his knowledge with beginners like me. I never joined Bielutin's studio, The New Reality, preferring to study independently, but he guided some of my early artistic efforts." Dmitry Borshch Основы изобразительной грамоты ≈ Fundamentals of...

"Wildbirds Among Branches" 2008, ink on paper, 15 x 20 inches

Inigo Online

Posted: June 09, 2017 17:28 The drawings belong to two related series, first of which I describe thus, "'Exiled from Truth: Nine Allegories by Dmitry Borshch' is the title under which some allegorical pictures are collected, possibly more than nine: the series continues to develop. They are united by color, style, and technique, so I view them as a homogeneous collection of drawings. Allegory, drawn or written, is a product of that mind which regards truth as existing-in-absence: it does exist yet is absent from our view....

Pilgrimage: Ink and White Space

Posted: June 09, 2017 17:06 A little over three years ago, I attended an ekphrastic workshop at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. It was organized by Letras Latinas and inspired by the exhibit, “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art.” The exhibit and workshop traveled to other cities, letting the poets study, view, and then write poems inspired by the art, which went on to be published in several literary magazines. Fred Arroyo’s “Patio Dreams” is a product of this workshop and the collaborative spirit that brought together different communities and writers across the country....

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

About Chagall

Posted: March 29, 2017 19:06

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...


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