Tradition & Opulence:

Easter in Imperial Russia

On view through October 25, 2020

From opulent, jeweled creations to humble embroidered examples, perhaps no country is more closely associated with the tradition of exchanging decorated Easter eggs than Russia. This exhibition, of almost 200 objects, includes works by the Fabergé firm and its competitors, ceramic eggs, icons, and vintage easter postcards, from collectors around the country and abroad. Click here to order the companion catalog.

Image: Hodegetria Mother of God in egg-shaped frame, Firm of Feodor Rückert, Moscow, Russia, 1899-1908, Oil on zinc, gilded silver, enamel, from the collection of Duchanka Keane


Playground of the Autocrats:
Works by Anne Bobroff-Hajal

October 4 – January 24, 2021

Artist Anne Bobroff-Hajal has drawn on animation techniques, icons, and formats such as graphic novels to tell stories of Russian geography and history from Ivan the Terrible to Stalin (and Putin). These polyptychs portray—whimsically—the fiery struggles of individual human beings within vast social systems, as shaped by the landscapes in which those humans live.

Image: Dress It Up in Resplendent Clothes, 2012

Pysanka: Symbol of Renewal

On view through April 11, 2021 in the Auditorium

Maine-based contemporary artist Lesia Sochor’s Pysanka: Symbol of Renewal, is an exhibition inspired by the beautiful tradition of intricately decorated Ukrainian Easter egg painting.

Sochor’s paintings are narratives told in paint that are prompted by personal experiences. The Pysanka series evolved from Sochor’s annual spring ritual of creating Ukrainian Easter eggs called Pysanky. Depicting the symbolic meanings and traditional motifs of this talismanic object in oils and watercolors spawned a new path of contemporary expression for this ancient art form. Sochor creates a direct link to her ancestral roots by continuing the tradition of Pysanky making passed down by her Ukrainian immigrant mother.

Decorated with traditional folk designs using a wax-resist method, Pysanky are miniature jewels that Ukrainians have been creating for countless generations. The word pysanka comes from the Ukrainian verb pysaty, meaning “to write” or “to “inscribe,” as the designs are not painted on, but written (inscribed) with beeswax.

Image: Gift of Old Age, Oil on canvas, 1996